If you find a method to obtain grey market keys in order to activate the OS, use
it at your own risk.
Languages will be available soon. An English language temporary ISO file is currently available until all of the languages are uploaded.
512 MB RAM (2 GB for Desktop Experience)
32 GB free storage
1.4 GHz 64-bit processor (with support for NX and DEP, CMPXCHG16b, LAHF/SAHF, and PrefetchW)
UEFI 2.3.1c-based system and firmware that supports Secure Boot
Trusted Platform Module
Graphics device and monitor capable of Super VGA (1024 x 768) or higher resolution
If your PC does not have TPM 2.0 or Secure Boot, you can use Rufus to make an extended installation (which removes the requirements).
Before setup, do one of the following:
If you're using a Virtual Machine (VM), use the raw ISO image you downloaded without any adjustments or modifications.
If you're using a real machine, extract the ISO's contents onto a USB flash drive using a tool like Rufus or burn it to a DVD.
1. Once the setup boots up, fill out your language, keyboard information and time and date stuff.
2. On the Product Key screen, select "I don't have a product key". You can activate it later.
3. On the Operating System screen, select either "Windows Server 2022 Standard (Desktop Experience)" or "Windows Server 2022 Datacenter (Desktop Experience)". These are the only SKUs in the package that will give you the Windows Desktop and allow you to run most applications.
4. Accept the terms.
5. Select "Custom". Remember to back up your files before this, as they will be erased once the OS is installed.
6. Select the drive where you want to install the operating system. If the space isn't allocated, create a new partition and use that. This will also create a System partition (and an MSR partition on EFI machines).
7. Click Next. The OS will now install itself onto the selected drive. You'll need to wait a bit before moving on to the next step.
8. After installing updates, it will require you to restart your computer. After 10 seconds, if you have not pressed "Restart Now", it'll automatically restart.
9. After the device restarts, you will need to wait a bit before booting into the OOBE (Out of Box Experience).
10. The device will restart again after getting everything ready.
11. The OOBE should now boot up and ask for a password for the built-in Administrator account. From my testing, it needs at least 8 characters, at least one capital and lowercase letter, and at least one number.
12. After it applies the settings, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to log in. (most VM software can allow you to do this with a shortcut)
13. Log into the Administrator account with the Password you made.
14. After dealing with some stuff, it should boot into the desktop. Setup is done.