Windows Server 2016 GUI Interface Explained

This KB will explain and show you how to remove the GUI Interface from Windows Server 2016.

By default windows server 2016 comes with 4 GUI options.

  • Desktop-experience – This the full Desktop with all GUI features available on Windows 10
  • Server-gui-mgmt-infra – Normal Server Interface with management tools and GUI
  • Server-gui-shell – Server Manager and Powershell support
  • Server Core – command line only with PowerShell support


This is how the Desktop Experience looks like


To remove it use Remove Desktop-experience



This is how the Server-gui-mgmt-infra looks like


To remove use Remove Server-gui-mgmt-infra


This is the Server-gui-shell If you uninstall the this GUI you will end up with server core


This is the Server Core


You can use sconfig or PowerShell


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