Windows Server 2012 RTM leaks to web [Update]


Well, maybe not for everyone

Notorious Russian leaker WZOR announced just a few hours ago that Windows Server 2012 RTM has too leaked and would be released online, it can now be found at one of the usual more popular torrent websites, or by other means. This follows the leak of Windows 8 Enterprise "N" edition that leaked late on Thursday, just a day after the RTM builds were handed over to OEMs.

The build weighs in at 3.23 GB and is the x64 version which includes Standard and Datacenter editions. According to WZOR this is also an "official" Microsoft image.

For those willing to wait for official channels to release Windows Server, as we reported on Thursday, you can sign up to check out the online launch event on September 4th at the Windows Server web site. Microsoft has already announced the different versions of Windows Server 2012, along with their prices. It has also confirmed that it will not make a new version of its Windows Home Server product.

For now I'll leave you with the setup screenshot, which still appears to have the old Windows Vista style window border!

Thanks to Faikee for the tip in our forums, click here for a few more screenshots, as well as discussion on Windows 8 and Server 2012.

Update: Here's a screenshot of Windows Server 2012 running with Desktop Experience enabled:

Click for larger image. Source: WinUnleaked.

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By the way, the maker of the screenshot forgot to re-select the default theme, as with desktop expierence the screenshot would look much nicer.

Is it possible to configure Windows Server 2012 to works exactly like Windows 8 non N RTM?

Does it have a start screen and metro apps and store? Can you install music and video metro apps? Can you customize it?

Sarah Beland said,
Is it possible to configure Windows Server 2012 to works exactly like Windows 8 non N RTM?

Does it have a start screen and metro apps and store? Can you install music and video metro apps? Can you customize it?

You are desperate.

Just get the Ent version with WMP included
it was leaked the same time as the server version was
So this means so far i have seen 3 official leaks
x64 VL Server / Datacenter
x64 VL Enterprise (with windows media player)
x64 VL Enterprise 'N' (without windows media player)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8_editions

Pro has less functionality than Enterprise
although the added stuff is useless for the common user i think

Well, it looks like they've updated the Server Manager icon on the taskbar, but then you've got the Powershell and File Explorer super shinies right next to it.

Server 2012 is still using the old UI, as opposed to the updated one in the 9200 build? Whoever took that screenshot should try refreshing the theme to make sure they've got the latest one.

Nidoking said,
Server 2012 is still using the old UI, as opposed to the updated one in the 9200 build? Whoever took that screenshot should try refreshing the theme to make sure they've got the latest one.

Who cares what theme a server OS has?

TCLN Ryster said,

Who cares what theme a server OS has?

Because if you don't have the new theme, then... its not the RTM ? Meaning it'd be a fake leak.

Nidoking said,
Server 2012 is still using the old UI, as opposed to the updated one in the 9200 build? Whoever took that screenshot should try refreshing the theme to make sure they've got the latest one.

what, theme looks pretty much the same as my dev pc with Win2012 preview.
you cant change it really, unless you like black but who cares, it is a server UI and win2012 is designed to be controlled through remote admin tools. not RDP

TCLN Ryster said,

Who cares what theme a server OS has?

For sharepoint developers, windows server is our house.

Brony said,

For sharepoint developers, windows server is our house.

I don't get that. I'm a SharePoint Admin and our Devs don't have access to our servers...

Mortis said,
Gosh... Whoever planned this UI to a Server OS is a complete moron.

Wow, what great analysis on why Windows 2012 doesn't 'hit the mark' in your books.

Mortis said,
Gosh... Whoever planned this UI to a Server OS is a complete moron.

The new server manager is actually pretty damned nice, and the metro start screen on server is pretty irrelevant. Have you even used it?

Mortis said,
Gosh... Whoever planned this UI to a Server OS is a complete moron.

seems like you havent even touched a 2012 install.
The installer of the preview version at least, advices against using the GUI at all for a core server.

Shadowzz said,

seems like you havent even touched a 2012 install.
The installer of the preview version at least, advices against using the GUI at all for a core server.

Seems like you haven't even used a server.
Lots of additional server programs and roles need a GUI (and must not be a core installation).

Mortis said,
Gosh... Whoever planned this UI to a Server OS is a complete moron.

agreed, not just on server, this whole metro crap needs to go

nekrosoft13 said,
agreed, not just on server, this whole metro crap needs to go

Then install it in Server Core mode if you don't want all the GUI bits.

veternan said,
How these versions leak from MS labs? How is it possible?

Marketing. I'm pretty sure leaked Windows pre-releases are all provided by Microsoft to keep the crowd interested.

Bamsebjorn said,

Marketing. I'm pretty sure leaked Windows pre-releases are all provided by Microsoft to keep the crowd interested.


And I could kind of agree. Win 7 was cracked at its time of leak (2 weeks after RTM), downloads started, and Ballmer has confirmed that 600 million licenses have been sold.

I don't think they care a lot about leaks... Adding to this, it was VERY strange that neither intrabuild was leaked from the Beta through the RTM stage....

Jose_49 said,

And I could kind of agree. Win 7 was cracked at its time of leak (2 weeks after RTM), downloads started, and Ballmer has confirmed that 600 million licenses have been sold.
I don't think they care a lot about leaks... Adding to this, it was VERY strange that neither intrabuild was leaked from the Beta through the RTM stage....

630 million ;-)

Jose_49 said,

And I could kind of agree. Win 7 was cracked at its time of leak (2 weeks after RTM), downloads started, and Ballmer has confirmed that 600 million licenses have been sold.

I don't think they care a lot about leaks... Adding to this, it was VERY strange that neither intrabuild was leaked from the Beta through the RTM stage....

Because the threat of being fired wasn't enough?

Regardless, there's no point in trying to leak retail versions of Windows 8 since those probably would require a key which no one has.

veternan said,
How these versions leak from MS labs? How is it possible?

Someone who works there copied it to a flash drive, took it home and uploaded it to tpb.

Jose_49 said,

And I could kind of agree. Win 7 was cracked at its time of leak (2 weeks after RTM), downloads started, and Ballmer has confirmed that 600 million licenses have been sold.

I don't think they care a lot about leaks... Adding to this, it was VERY strange that neither intrabuild was leaked from the Beta through the RTM stage....

Private internal builds of Windows in development are digitally fingerprinted, if one gets leaked, Microsoft can find out and fire the person responsible.

RTM builds are not fingerprinted, it's much harder for Microsoft to catch who's leaking RTM builds.

Phil_123 said,

RTM builds are not fingerprinted, it's much harder for Microsoft to catch who's leaking RTM builds.

Yeah that's true. I'm surprised the other editions haven't leaked yet.

Tyler R. said,

Someone who works there copied it to a flash drive, took it home and uploaded it to tpb.


I see what you did there

veternan said,
How these versions leak from MS labs? How is it possible?

<insert guess> just like the rest of these guys.

speculation is a hobby here often disguised as facts

Neobond said,
Then you didn't look hard enough. I confirmed this before I posted

Ok ok, found it and will install later not bad Neowin was quick on this one

georgevella said,
I don't think there is an N version of 2012 server.

i think he means a non server version that is also not a N version