Continuing our series of “How To….” guides, this one is all about how to setup and configure Windows Home Server for the first time.

This guide assumes that you have either already installed the WHS software (if it is a self build WHS) or you have performed whatever initial steps are required for your purchased WHS, such as the initial client software installation with either the HP MediaSmart Servers or the Acer Aspire easyStore E340.

During this initial set-up and configuration, you have to set up a password for the administrator account and you get to name your Windows Home Server.

When you see the Windows Home Server – Welcome screen, click on the arrow.

WHS Setup 1

The set-up process will now begin to configure your Windows Home Server.

WHS Setup 2 WHS Setup 3

You will now be asked to enter a name for your Windows Home Server. Different WHS manufacturers have have entered something already – for example HPSERVER or ASPIREHOME. It is a good idea to name your WHS with something useful and memorable to you. It can be a maximum of 15 characters and can contain numbers.

Enter a name and click on the right arrow to continue.

name your home server

The next screen is the Type a Password for Windows Home Server page. You will use the password that you enter here when you access the Windows Home Server and when you need to log into the Windows Home Server computer itself, although you will need to do that only very rarely. Enter the password you want to use, and then enter it again to confirm it. You can also enter a password
hint, which you can request to see if you forget the password. Just remember not to make the password hint too obvious as anyone accessing your WHS can ask for the hint!

Also, be careful not to forget this password. If you do forget it, you will have to completely reinstall Windows Home Server again!

When you have entered these items, click the right arrow to continue.

type in a password

The Help Protect Windows Home Server Automatically screen, gives you the option to select On or Off. The recommended setting is On, which will configure Windows Update and keep Windows Home Server up to date with all relevant security patches and fixes, make your Internet browsing safer, and report any problems. If you choose the Off setting, you will need to manually update Windows Home Server with any relevant security patches and fixes—otherwise, your Windows
Home Server will be susceptible to security vulnerabilities and other potential problems that could impact its smooth operation.

Make your selection by clicking the relevant radio button and then click the right arrow to continue.

help protect WHS

On the Customer Experience Improvement Program screen, click either the Yes or No radio button to specify whether you want to participate, and then click the right arrow to continue.

customer improvement

The Windows Error Reporting screen, asks you to choose whether you want to enable automatic Windows Error Reporting. Make your selection by clicking the relevant radio button and then click the right arrow to continue.

windows error reporting

The next screen just advises you that the setup process will connect to the Internet and download any relevant important updates. All you have to do is click the right arrow to continue. It is interesting to note here though as of the time of writing this guide, WHS Power Pack 2 is not considered to be a relevant important update and so you will have to download this later.

WHS update

You will now have to sit back and wait while the updates are downloaded and applied. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection and the amount of updates, this might take some time.

Don’t worry though, you can sit there and watch the status bar moving if that is your thing 🙂

WHS update 2 WHS update 4 WHS update 5 WHS update 6

The last screen you will see is one advising you that the Windows Home Server will now been rebooted in order to complete the installation and configuration.

WHS update 7

And finally, once your Windows Home Server has rebooted, you will be presented with the ready to use screen.

Just click on the arrow to start up the Windows Home Server Console.

WHS ready

So, you can see how easy it is to setup and configure your Windows Home Server for the first time. The longest part of the whole process is the downloading and installation of any relevant updates – so be patient.