Microsoft Windows Server 2003 / 2003 R2
Category: Abandoned Windows systems- server releases

Windows Server 2003 is the direct successor of Windows 2000 Server. Compared to the 2000 version, many network features have been introduced or improved. The most important ones include, among others, IIS version 6.0, fixes in Active Directory service, as well as adding the Background Copy function. The system can still work with FAT, FAT32 and NTFS file systems. It is equipped with .NET Framework version 1.1. The system is equipped with a special edition of Internet Explorer. The program is also configured in such a way that it is practically impossible to run or download files or extensions that may harm the system.


New features of Windows Server 2003:


  • Most versions of Windows Server include support for terminal services (using the remote desktop protocol), allowing multiple simultaneous remote logins. This feature was first introduced in the special "Terminal Server Edition" of Windows NT Server 4.0, but became more important when it became a standard part of Windows 2000.

  • Internet Information Services (IIS) version 6.0 - again, IIS versions were available in Windows 2000 and earlier, but IIS was significantly improved in Windows Server 2003.

  • Active Directory - similarly to terminal services, significantly improved since Windows 2000.

  • Enhanced default security compared to previous versions, due to the built-in firewall and most services are disabled by default.

  • Message Queuing - significantly improved since Windows 2000

  • Manage Server - a role management tool that allows the administrator to select the functions that the server should provide.

  • Active Directory service improvements (such as the ability to deactivate classes from the schema or run multiple instances of a directory server (ADAM))

  • Improvements in the handling and management of group policies

  • Improved disk management, including backup capabilities.

  • Enhanced scripting and command line tools that are part of Microsoft's initiative to introduce a complete command shell into the next version of Windows.

  • Support for a hardware "watchdog" that can reboot the server if the operating system does not respond within a specified time.


Windows Server 2003 has been released in several editions: Small Business Server, Web Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, Datacenter Edition, Compute Cluster Edition, Storage Server, External Connector

Quick Review:
Type of product:

OS (Operating system)

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Minimal system requirements:

Free space on disk: 2 GB

CPU: 550-763 Mhz

RAM: from 128 MB to 256 MB

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.