6 thoughts on “An error occurred while configuring Windows Server Essentials. Please try again.

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  2. Chris Wigley

    Instead of re-installing the OS, you can simply use the Remove Server Roles dialogs to remove the Server Essentials, then reboot

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  3. Merlin Halteman Post author

    Hello Chris, You are correct if you are using Windows Server 2012/R2. However, with the standalone Windows Server Essentials R2 software your only option is to reinstall the operating system.

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  4. CM

    Regarding doing this with the standalone Windows Server Essentials R2 software you can run an elevated powershell prompt and type in: Uninstall-WindowsFeature ServerEssentialsRole – I had to run this twice with a reboot in between and then I started and completed the wizard from scratch (with a new username). It should be noted on my first attempt to use the wizard with the offending username I only got as far as the first automatic reboot which as far as I could tell just renamed the computer and did nothing else before presenting me with the error.

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  5. brentb

    Was trying to set up Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials on my Intel NUC (model NUC5i7RYH) and was getting the same repeated error message/screen shown above. I tried debugging using a lot of other references I found online but was stuck with the same error. Came across your post above and gave it a try since my server administrator user name was “ABCDadmin”. I quickly reinstalled the OS and changed it to something without *admin* in it. It worked like a champ the first time!

    Just to confirm, I tried it again on an identical set up of hardware with the original “ABCDadmin” in the name and it failed there as well. Repeating the process with the non-“admin” characters in the user name worked again.

    Thanks VERY MUCH for posting this bit of advice! I confirm your solution!

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    1. Merlin Halteman Post author

      Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with me! It helps me as well as other readers.

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