Windows Server 2012 now available for basic Microsoft DreamSpark users

In late August, some users of the Microsoft DreamSpark program could start downloading the RTM version of Windows 8 for free However, those downloads were limited to those people who had DreamSpark Premium level access. That meant only college students and teachers who were involved in science, technology, engineering and math departments could take advantage of downloading Windows 8 using this particular source.

Now there's word that the RTM version of Windows Server 2012 is also available for download for Microsoft DreamSpark for free. The big difference is that Windows Server 2012 can be downloaded and accessed by anyone subscribed to the DreamSpark service, not just the premium members.

As Neowin forum member Lprd2007 points out, Windows Server 2012 is basically the server version of Windows 8, with a few differences. With some adjustments, DreamSpark basic customers can turn it into a working version of Windows 8. There is already a way to turn Windows Server 2008 R2 into a working build of Windows 7, as described on ZDNet, and we suspect that most of the procedure can carry over with making over Windows Server 2012 into Windows 8.

Microsoft also waives the $49 Windows Store publishing registration fee for DreamSpark student subscribers, to encourage them to submit their own Windows 8-based apps for free.

Source: Microsoft DreamSpark website | Image via Microsoft

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I got it through another program MS has and you can't use start screen backgrounds, however the rest is like windows 8 is. ;-) but you get some really cool extra toys.... I like it.

Just 'click' the SDC , that should bring up the 'Secure Download Manager' , change the download location if you need to , then click 'Start Download'.

WinServer (2008/2012) will never be the same as WinDesktop (7/8). Been there, done that, did all the fine "tuning" and "tricks" that these tutorials suggest, but still, under the bonnet it will be optimized for server usage so you'll always end up with a bit laggish interface and activities (audio/video stuttering under load isn't rare, for instance, which never happens on WinDesktop). Not too pleasant for everyday use.

deep1234 said,
I tried to download it and I got the file in sdc. any idea on how to make it as an iso?

Are you sure it was completed? If I remember correctly, the ISO is automatically extracted when the download is finished. The SDC is there if the download was interrupted.

Well, it takes loads of time downloading it using Secure Download Manager, and there is no other option other than using it...
This time microsoft has given away Datacenter version of Server 2012 along with standard while it used to give only standard one earlier

And these are still single-use activation keys. You won't be able to activate more than once. DreamSpark's FAQ says it.

MsftGaurav said,
And these are still single-use activation keys. You won't be able to activate more than once. DreamSpark's FAQ says it.

Unless you email there support line and say your key stoped working I got a 2nd key for 2008 R2 that way.

corrosive23 said,
Too bad you have to use their ****ty secure download manager.

It quite literally took me all afternoon to download Sever 2012 using that thing. Pathetic.

corrosive23 said,
Too bad you have to use their ****ty secure download manager.

Works fine by me.
Fun though how they're using linux to distribute Win8 and Win2012

Shadowzz said,

Works fine by me.
Fun though how they're using linux to distribute Win8 and Win2012

Why is it funny? Dreamspark isn't a Microsoft controlled thing, it's done by an outside company. Microsoft just provides the terms and the software.

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SharpGreen said,

It quite literally took me all afternoon to download Sever 2012 using that thing. Pathetic.

In that case you must have a pathetic connection!
On my Dreamspark I can get Windows 8 in about 20-30 minutes ...

Pikey said,

In that case you must have a pathetic connection!
On my Dreamspark I can get Windows 8 in about 20-30 minutes ...


Didn't know ~20Mbps was considered pathetic. That was the only thing I had issues with being slow.

Matt Kaufman said,
I wonder if this means they will be giving us access to Windows 8 RTM as well soon.... If not it will be here in a month anyway.

Just to clarify I meant releasing RTM to Dreamspark members.