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Rebuilding a VPS with Windows Server 2008

Sometimes, it may be necessary to reinstall Windows Server in order to get a clean start with your VPS, or to switch to Windows Server 2008 from another version of Windows. ?Here's how to rebuild your Windows VPS as a Windows Server 2008 based system.

You will need

  • A Hostwinds Windows VPS or Windows SSD VPS.

  • A remote desktop client.

    • This is included in almost all versions of Windows currently supported by Microsoft.

    • rdesktop is a popular option if you're using Linux on your desktop; other options may be available in your distribution and may already be installed.

    • Microsoft Remote Desktop is available on MacOS as a part of some versions of Microsoft or from iTunes.


This process will destroy all data existing on the VPS. ?Please ensure any and all data you wish to keep is backed up prior to performing this task. ?Hostwinds is not responsible for files and/or data residing on your VPS. You agree to take full responsibility for files and data transferred and to maintain all appropriate backup of files and data stored on Hostwinds servers.


  1. Log into your Hostwinds client area, and go to Services > My Services > View Details > Management. ?This will reveal your VPS management panel, including the buttons to access the Java-based VNC console, reboot the server, turn the power off, or rebuild the server.

  2. Click the Rebuild button. ?Select 2008 when asked to select a template. ?Click the blue Rebuild button.

  3. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the VPS to clear it's virtual hard drive and install the default Windows 2008 image.

  4. Connect to your VPS using your Remote Desktop Client. You will need to use the user Administrator and the password Temp123.

  5. Change your Administrator password. ?The easiest way is to click on the PowerShell icon in the task bar, then at the prompt, type net user Administrator newPasswordGoesHere, replacing newPasswordGoesHere with the password of your choosing. ?We recommend using strong passwords.

  6. Run FirstRun on the desktop. ?This will extend your Windows partition to the full extents of the hard disk space that you have purchased. ?Your setup is now complete.

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