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Windows Server 2012 to Workstation Manual
Windows Server 2012 by default uses the plain white non-animated cursors. The following steps will help you to get the Windows 8 cursors in Windows Server 2012.
Continue to configure Windows Server 2012 to run Windows 8 (Metro) Apps…
The default Windows 8 Start screen is shown below. Click the tile on the screen to view more details about the application. If you are visiting this page using Internet Explorer in Windows Server 2012, you will be provided with a direct link to the Windows Store to download the Application.
|Metro UI Internet Explorer||Forum: Metro UI Internet Explorer||Yes, see tutorial.|
|Quick Switch Between User Accounts||Forum: Quick Switch Between User Accounts||Not Yet.|
|Automatically boot to Classic Desktop||Forum: Automatically boot to Classic Desktop||Yes, see tutorial.|
|System Restore||Forum: System Restore||Yes, see forum topic.|
|Background for Start screen||Forum: Background for Start screen||Yes, see forum topic.|
|Bluetooth||Forum: Bluetooth||Not Yet.|
|Online Microsoft Account||Forum: Online Microsoft Account||Not Yet.|
|Picture Password and PIN for Authentication||Forum: Picture Password and PIN for Authentication||Not Yet.|
|Portable Workstation Creator (aka Windows To Go)||Forum: Portable Workstation Creator (aka Windows To Go)||Not Yet.|
|Windows Sensor and Location Platform||Forum: Picture Password and PIN for Authentication||Not Yet.|
|Sticky Notes||Forum: Sticky Notes||Yes, see forum topic.|
|Speech Recognition||Forum: Speech Recognition||Not Yet|
Even after installing the Desktop Experience feature, the Internet Explorer tile in the Start screen still runs Internet Explorer on the classic desktop. This registry hack will make Internet Explorer run as Windows 8 UI application when started from the Start screen.
Download MetroIE.reg and import it into the registry. Next time you click the Internet Explorer tile in the Start screen, it will start with the Windows 8 interface. Make sure you also followed the Windows 8 Apps and IE Enhanced Security Configuration steps. The classic Internet Explorer can still be accessed by starting Internet Explorer from the classic desktop.
Continue to install dll’s required for some games and applications…
By default Windows Server is not really configured for visual glamor. The Start screen and menus aren’t animated and in Windows Explorer no thumbnails of images are shown. This page will guide you through the steps of enabling thumbnails and having visual effects in Windows Server 2012.
2. In the Performance Options screen, check the checkboxes of the improvements of the graphical user interface (GUI) you want to have. Most have to do with smooth animations and graphical improvements, however the Show thumbnails instead of icons will generate small previews of images in Windows Explorer. The default configuration of visual effects in Windows 8 is shown below.
Continue to get the ‘Performance Information and Tools’ page in the Control Panel…
After installing the Desktop Experience feature, the Store will appear in the Start screen. However, if you try to open it, it will notify that it is not possible for the Built-in Administrator account to open it.
There are two methods which can be used to enable the Windows Store for the Built-in Administrator account.
(Thanks to Lotusisrael. Will be changed to a visual version later)
Enable the User Account Control for the Administrator account: Open Local Security Policy, go to Local Policies –> Security Options –> User Accoumt Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Build-in Administrator Account, and click Enabled.
More info at the forum.
We will create a new user, assign Administrator rights to this user and finally disable the Administrator account. This way we have configured the user security configuration just like Windows 8 with as result that we can use the Windows 8 AppStore and Windows 8 (Metro) applications.
3. Enter information for the new user. If you do not want to use a password, first follow the Password Restrictions instructions to disable enforcement of strong passwords. In case you do not want the password to expire, uncheck User must change password at next logon and check the Password never expires checkbox. This option is also checked by default when you create a new account via PC Settings in the Windows 8 Charms bar. After you finished filling in the fields, click Create. The same window will reappear to create another new user, but click the Close button.
4. Now double click the newly created account, go to the Member Of tab, click Add and type Administrators in the Enter the object names to select text field. Finally confirm the group selection by clicking OK and save the settings by clicking OK again in the user properties window. We have now added the newly created user to the Administrators group.
7. In the left pane click the Users section, then double click the Administrator user to open its properties. Finally, check the Account is disabled checkbox and click OK. You now successfully disabled the Built-in Administrator account so it won’t show up again in the logon screen.
Continue to get the default applications from Windows 8 installed in Windows Server 2012…
To fully get the Windows 8 experience to Windows Server 2012, Microsoft added the possibility to install this as a feature. This will install additional desktop applications and add several GUI improvements.
Installing this feature will have the following effects:
1. Start the Server Manager and click the Add roles and features link in the Welcome Tile. If you already closed the Welcome Tile, make it visible again via the View menu or in the left panel navigate to Local Server, then in the right panel scroll all the way down to ROLES AND FEATURES, click the TASKS dropdown and choose Add Roles and Features.
6. At the Select Features page, expand User Interfaces and Infrastructure and check the Desktop Experience checkbox. Probably it will now ask you whether you also want to install the features required by Desktop Experience. Click the Add Features button to proceed. Now, click the Next button to proceed.
7. At the confirmation page, optionally check the Restart the destination server automatically if required checkbox as the Desktop Experience feature will need a restart to complete. You can also manually restart the server after the wizard completed.
9. After the installation has completed, your system will automatically restart if you checked the checkbox at step 7. Otherwise you can close the wizard and restart the server manually. In case you don’t know yet what possibilities there are to restart Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012, read the essentials page.
12. If you now click the Desktop tile, right click somewhere at a blank spot and choose Personalize, the Windows 8 Theme can be selected. Everything will however still remain gray because the color schema is by default determined by the overall color of the desktop background, which by default is the gray Windows Server 2012 background. This behavior can be changed by clicking the Color option in the Personalization screen.
Continue to configure Windows Server 2012 to automatically boot to the Classic Desktop…
Compared to all previous Windows versions, many of the working of the GUI has changed. On this page you will learn the essentials of the new Windows Operating System. The actions are similar for both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
Power User Menu
For advanced users to quickly perform advanced system functions, it is possible to open the Power User menu by right clicking in the lower left corner of the screen. The short key to open this menu is Windows Key + X. The Power User Menu contains: Programs and Features, Power Options, Event Viewer, System (System Properties), Device Manager, Disk Management, Command Prompt [Admin], Task Manager, Control Panel, File Explorer (Windows Explorer), Search, Run and Desktop.