I’ve updated recently a test server from Windows 2012 datacenter core edition to Windows 2012 R2.
Although I chose the GUI version during the upgrade, it didn’t change anything.
After the upgrade I moved from my core edition to the GUI version by following my previous article on “Switching from Windows 2012 Core to GUI mode…hands on!”
I got my Start button back 🙂 but Internet explorer 11 still appeared to be missing although I restored all the GUI features 😦
(Get-WindowsFeature) | ? Name -match "internet"
Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 2012 R2 isn’t a feature or a role:
…It’s actually an optional feature:
Get-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online | ? "FeatureName" -match "internet"
To restore Internet Explorer 11, I did
Get-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online | ? "FeatureName" -match "Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64" | Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -NoRestart:$true -Verbose -Online