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Tell you what I did, and what I think went wrong.

What I did:

  1. Setting up Raspberry Pi headless way.

  2. Downloaded Raspbian Lite version

  3. Used etcher to write image to SD card

  4. Added ssh to folder in SD card

  5. Plugged in SD card, Ethernet cable and power cord

  6. Found IP address of Raspberry Pi on router page.

  7. SSH into Pi, logged in with default password

  8. Downloaded RealVNC.

  9. Changed settings in raspi-config boot to desktop with password

  10. Used VNC to Pi, it connected

  11. Asks for me to log in to the Pi, used default username, password

  12. Screen turns black, and then goes back to the username password login page

What I think I did wrong: Is it possible to boot to desktop with the lite version?

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    You are correct, the lite version of Raspbian (omits the graphical support). – Steve Robillard Oct 30 '17 at 22:05
  • So I should download the full version? – The Royal Noob Oct 30 '17 at 22:23
  • If you need the GUI that would be the easiest way. – Steve Robillard Oct 30 '17 at 22:28
  • Or run sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install lxde. That will install lxde, the default environment. However, it might not include the Raspberry Pi Foundation's user interface optimizations, so if that's important to you then you should probably just use the full version. – anonymoose Oct 30 '17 at 22:40
  • Thank you very much! If anything goes wrong I'll be sure to ask on stack exchange – The Royal Noob Oct 31 '17 at 9:44
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If you want to install raspbian desktop you could simply run

sudo apt-get install raspberrypi-ui-mods
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If you want a desktop for personal use, you're better off installing the Raspbian Stretch Desktop instead of using the Raspbian Stretch Lite OS. The Lite image doesn't include a desktop by default, it is a minimal image. This makes it suitable for smaller SD cards and is perfect for Raspberry Pi's that doesn't need to be running a desktop. If you want a desktop interface, install Raspbian Stretch with a desktop if it satisfies you.

  • ...you're better off installing the Raspbian Buster Desktop – Ingo Aug 27 at 18:03

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