Raspberry Pi 3 Tutorial 2a – Windows Headless Setup
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B builds upon the features of its predecessors with a new, faster processor on board to increase its speed. It also features WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy capabilities to enhance the functionality and the ability to power more powerful devices over the USB ports.
1. Raspberry Pi 3 model B – Buy
2. MicroSD card 8 or 16 GB (Class 4 and above) with Raspbian – Buy
3. Windows PC (Tested with Windows 10)
4. Putty software – Download
5. Ethernet cable – Buy
6. Micro USB cable – Buy
Way to go ->
1. Connect Pi to PC via the Ethernet Cable.
2. Power up the Pi by connecting it to your PC via the micro USB cable.
3. Wait for the Pi to boot up (Proceed with subsequent steps till then).
4. Open “Network and Sharing Centre”.
5. Click on “Ethernet” to open a dialog box “Ethernet Status”.
6. In the “Ethernet Status” dialog box, click on “Details…”, to open the “Network Connection Details” dialog box.
7. In the “Network Connection Details” dialog box, note down the Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address and close the box.
8. Power Off your Pi, by removing the Micro USB cable, and remove the microSD card.
9. Insert the MicroSD card into your PC.
10. Open the MicroSD card folder.
11. In the MicroSD card folder open cmdline.txt.
12. In the text document, go to the end of the first line and type: ip=169.254.3.14, giving a space after rootwait. Make sure to delete any space(s) that might follow ip=169.254.3.14 in the same line.
13. Copy the whole line in google translate: https://translate.google.com/. You’ll notice an unnecessary space between “=” and “169.254.3.14”, because of a bug in notepad.
14. Make sure to remove any unnecessary spaces such that: ip=169.254.3.14. After removing unnecessary spaces, copy and paste the text back to cmdline.txt.
15. Save the text document, and close it.
16. Eject the MicroSD card from your PC, put it back into your Pi, and wait for your Pi to boot up.
17. Open PuTTy, and in the “Host Name (or IP address box)” type: 169.254.3.14 (the IP that you gave to your Pi).
18. After entering the IP, click on “Open”.
19. If you are doing this setup for the first time, you’ll get a warning. Click on “Yes” to proceed to the PuTTy screen.
20. In the PuTTy screen that opens, after login as:, type pi (your Pi’s default username) and type your pi’s default password (raspberry), when your are prompted for it. (Note:- While typing the password, it will be invisible).
21. Et voilà!, you are logged into your Pi!
22. You will be greeted by the prompt: pi@raspberrypi:~ $.
23. To shutdown your Pi, type: sudo shutdown now, press “Enter” on your PC keyboard and click on “OK” in the pop-up window that opens. Close the PuTTy window.
24. To logout of the Pi and not shut it down, press Cntrl + D on your PC keyboard or in the terminal type: logout and press “Enter” on your PC keyboard.