Even though it doesn’t make much sense of doing so, it’s fun knowing how to make it. Windows Server 2012 R2, by default, doesn’t have the desktop experience feature enabled when it’s installed. You don’t get those Personalize settings like Windows 8 does. Hence, you don’t get all the fun stuff if you really want to use the Server 2012 as a Windows 8 desktop.
Since I don’t see the Desktop Experience as a feature component that I can add through Control Panel on Server 20012, can I actually enable it in other way?
Fortunately, the answer is yes, and it can be enabled through the powerful PowerShell. Here is the cmdlet for this purpose.
Add-WindowsFeature -Name Desktop-Experience
After you reboot it and go back in, you will be redirected to the Start screen by default, like Windows 8. And you can see the Personalize setting available again on desktop.
And that’s it.
If you want to remove the Desktop Experience feature later on, you can use the following PowerShell cmdlet to do so.
Remove-WindowsFeature -Name Desktop-Experience
And again, after the computer restarts, it backs to the day without the Personalize settings.