Microsoft Windows Home Server 2007
Category: Abandoned Windows systems- server releases

Windows Home Server 2007 (code name Quattro) - Microsoft's home server system, based on Windows Server 2003, announced on January 7, 2007 by Bill Gates during the Consumer Electronics Show. According to its name it is designed for home use. It can be connected to computers running Windows XP and Vista, XBOXes, XBOX 360, Zune players and many other devices. It allows you to install plug-ins (add-ins, plug-ins, add-ons) created by companies and third parties. Windows Home Server was supposed to be a solution for houses with many connected computers, offering file sharing, automatic backups, print server and remote access. It is connected to the Windows Home Server Console, a client software available from another computer on the network to provide a graphical management interface. The system received two "service packs". In 2009 Microsoft announced its successor: After the release of this system (in 2011), it confirmed that it will not develop the "Home Server" and most of its functions will be transferred to the new system: Windows Server 2012 Essential, released a year later.


New features of Windows Home Server 2007:


  • 10 computers and 10 users: Allows you to create up to ten user accounts in the server console and ten computers with Windows Home Server installed, without any client access license.

  • Centralized backup: Enables up to 10 computers to be backed up using storage technology.

  • Condition Monitoring: Can centrally monitor the condition of all the computers on your network, including the status of the antivirus and firewall.

  • File Sharing: Creates and supports network shares for computers to remotely store files, acting as a network-connected storage device. Separate categories are available for popular file types such as documents, music, photos and videos. Files are indexed for quick search.

  • Printer sharing: Allows the print server to handle print jobs for all users.

  • Background copying: Uses a background copying service to get snapshots in time to recover older versions of files.

  • No monitor or keyboard is required to manage the device. Remote administration is done with the Windows Home Server Console client software included in the package. Connections of remote desktop services to the server are supported when connected to the same LAN.

  • Remote access gateway: Allows remote access to any connected computer on the network, including the server itself, via the Internet.

  • Media Streaming: Can stream media to the Xbox 360 or other devices that support Windows Media Connect.

  • Selective data redundancy: Protects against failure of one disk by copying selected data on multiple disks.

  • Expandable storage: Provides uniform single and easily expandable storage space, eliminating the need for drive letters.

  • Expandable through add-ons: Add-ons allow external programmers to extend server functions and functionality.

  • Server Backup: Back up files stored in server share folders to an external hard drive.


Quick Review:
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OS (Operating system)

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Minimal system requirements:

Free space on disk: from 16 GB to 20 GB

CPU: 1 GHz

RAM: from 512 MB 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.