Continuing our series of “How To….” guides, this one is all about how to install the Windows Home Server software.
Before you install Windows Home Server, you should ensure you have the following available:
- A computer capable of running Windows Home Server.
- A mouse, keyboard and monitor, all connected to the computer.
- A working network connection connected to the computer.
- The Windows Home Server installation DVD (or a USB stick with the WHS software on).
- A Windows Home Server product key which you will need during the installation.
Your computer must support being able to boot from DVD or USB stick, otherwise the installation will not be able to take place. You may need to go into the BIOS of your computer in order to set the boot priority so that the DVD or USB stuck is first in the list. Consult the documentation that came with your computer if you are unsure how to do this. The other option is to choose the boot device when the computer starts up – again, check your documentation on doing this.
You should then see a screen displaying Windows is loading files…. (that means it working so far). If you don’t see this, then try again making sure you are booting from either the DVD or the USB stick.
Setup will then initialise – this may take a moment or two so be patient.
You should now be presented with the Welcome to Windows Home Server Setup screen. This step is simple – all you have to do is click Next to continue.
You will now need to select your Regional and Keyboard Settings and click Next to continue.
The next screen is called the Load Additional Storage Drivers screen. You need to ensure that all of your hard drives are listed on this page, for example mines shows a single 75GB ATA drive attached. If all of your drives are shown just click Next to continue.
If for some reason one or more of your hard drives is not displayed here, then it might be because you need to load an additional driver. If this is the case, click on the Load drivers button and then locate the Device Driver File. Click once on the relevant Device Driver File and click Open to continue.
When you have loaded the additional Device Driver File or files your hard drives should all now appear in the list. If this is the case then just click Next to continue. If they are still not shown then check all the connections inside the computer (sometimes it is as simple as a loose cable) and see if there are any updated device drivers on the manufacturers website.
The next screen that is displayed is the Select an Installation Type screen. Ensure New Installation is and click Next to continue.
The next screen is the End-User License Agreement (sometimes referred to as the EULA). You should read through this carefully and then assuming you agree to it (and if you don’t then you won’t be able to install and then use Windows Home Server) click the I accept this agreement radio button and then click Next to continue.
You will then be asked to enter your Windows Home Server Product Key. The Windows Home Server Product Key should be located either inside the DVD case or on a sticker on the actual computer if you have purchased a Windows Home Server computer. Type in the Product Key carefully and then click Next to continue.
The next stage is to actually name your Windows Home Server. By default the Home Server name is SERVER and you could quite easily just leave it as that, although it would actually be better for you to name it something else so that it means more to you.
Type in a new, or leave it as SERVER and click Next to continue.
The next screen to be displayed is the Formatting Hard Drives screen. This screen will list all of the hard drives and volumes and remind you that all the data will be lost on those drives when the installation begins and the drives are formatted. In order to continue with the installation at this point you need to select the I acknowledge that all data on these drives will be lost box and then click on the Next button to continue.
You will be then asked once again to confirm that you are sure you want to continue and that all data on those hard drives will be deleted and lost, so click Yes.
Right, you are at the last stage now before the installation actually begins. You should now see the Ready to Install Windows Home Server screen. All you have to do now is click on the Start button to begin the actual installation.
The installation will now commence – this could take a little while so again, be patient.
When the installation is complete, you will see the Windows Home Server Welcome Screen.
The next thing you need to do is configure Windows Home Server, so click here to go to that how to guide.