Microsoft Windows Server 2012 / 2012 R2
Category: Supported Windows systems- server releases

Windows Server 2012, is the next installment of the server system, based on the kernel and appearance of Windows 8. This system, after too many interface novelties, has more than 2300 commands in this version of Windows PowerShell compared to about 200 in Windows Server 2008 R2. The emphasis is on making sure that PowerShell can perform any action from the administrator GUI (such as can be "clicked"). The system contains features and improvements known from Windows 8.


New features of Windows Server 2012:


  • New Metro user interface known from Windows 8

  • Possibility to switch between Server GUI and Server Core interface options without reinstallation

  • Redesigned Task Manager

  • Improvements of Active Directory, Hyper-V and new IIS 8

  • New licensing model


Windows Server 2012 is only available in 4 versions:


  • Foundation - license limited to 1 processor, available only through OEM

  • Essentials - Limited to 2 processors, higher limits than Foundation. Available in retail, VL and OEM. System offers basic server functions.

  • Standard - adds Hyper-V, Server Core, ADFS and uses CAL license. Available in retail, VL and OEM. Normal version of server system.

  • Datacenter - unlimited virtualization rights, system designed for data servers. Available only through VL or OEM

Quick Review:
Type of product:

OS (Operating system)

Developed by:


Release date:

04.09.2012 (Windows Server 2012)
17.10.2013 (Windows Server 2012 R2)

End of life support date:


Minimal system requirements:

Free space on disk: from 16 GB to 32 GB

CPU: 1 GHz to 2 GHz

RAM: from 1 GB to 2 GB

Type of interface:

GUI (graphical)

⦁ Additional informations about files:
BETA versions (developmental, unstable) are marked in gray,
Blue - official system editions,
Green for modifications and additions (if any)

If you have trouble choosing the right version of the system to download, please refer to the markings below:

⦁ OEM- version compatible with previously purchased devices / pre-installed system on a new computer, assigned to a PC motherboard. After damage or replacement of computer parts, your license is lost

⦁ SP- System image contains a package of fixes and updates. The higher the number, the more patches and updates contained in the system. The patches are called "Service Packs".

⦁ RTM- System version released on the day of release, straight from the production line. It does not contribute anything to the operation of the license.

⦁ Retail- sales version of the program.

⦁ [Polski]- Polish language version; [English]- English language version

⦁ x86 or 32-bit - system compatible with 32-bit processor architecture. They do not support 64-bit architecture. They can use up to 4 GB of RAM.

⦁ x64 or 64-bit - System compatible with 64-bit processor architecture. Some systems (older than Vista/7) do not support 32-bit systems

⦁ x86-64- Multi-architecture edition of the program. You can choose it if you do not know what CPU architecture your computer has.

⦁ VL/VolumeLicense- A system preinstalled on company computers, this license allows you to install the same system on multiple computers and use it simultaneously.

⦁ E- System version without Internet Explorer browser.

⦁ N- System version without media programs (Windows Media Center, Media Player)

⦁ Images called: "Home/Ultimate" are actually images that contain all editions: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate

⦁ Multi-SKU: system image with multiple edits to choose from during installation. Multi-Format system

⦁ (chk): system image checked for errors during compilation (debug)

⦁ (alt): alternative system image to be downloaded, not different from the original, it is a copy/reupload

⦁ DMF: system image saved in a floppy disk format

⦁ CD/DVD: system image saved in a format designed for compact discs and DVDs.

⦁ ESD: file from digital or commercial distribution. To use it, it must be converted to an ISO file.

⦁ File preview icon:
                      IMG- floppy disk image. You can use it in a virtual machine, or use a special program to extract files.

                  ISO/MDF- ready to burn to disk, create bootable media or use in a virtual machine. It can also be used in a program to emulate virtual drives and discs.

      7Z, ZIP, RAR- compressed archive. To access the file, use a program to compress the files, e.g: WinRAR, 7-ZIP- please use file archiver program to open it.

To quickly find the image, press [Ctrl+F] on your keyboard and enter the keyword in the search field. This will highlight the images that contain the entered keyword.

Installation of these images is intended for advanced users. The following systems are published in the BETA (test) version. The installation may be problematic, the system may not work properly. Moreover, BETA versions may be unstable with drivers, programs and operation. They may have unfinished system functions. It is recommended to test the BETA version on a VM. If you have problems with the installation I recommend to consult the Beta Archive forum.

If you are looking for activation keys for Windows [Beta] installation images, click here, or use this address.