Convert Windows Server 2012 to a Workstation

Welcome to Win2012 Workstation

This manual will guide you through the process of configuring your Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 so it can be used as a day-to-day operating system. If you are absolutely not familiar with the new version of Windows, read this article first. In case you don’t want to follow these steps, a converter application is available to automate the conversion process: Microsoft Server Converter 2012.

Table of Contents

1. Installation, Drivers, OS Language, Computer Name, Owner Information
2. Wireless Networking and Enable Sound
3. Disable Ctrl+Alt+Del at Logon, Password Restrictions and Shutdown Event Tracker
4. Disable IE Enhanced Security
5. Performance for Applications
6. Themes, Boot to Classic Desktop and Aero Cursors
7. Windows 8 (Metro) Apps, Default Windows 8 Apps and Windows 8 Internet Explorer
8. Missing App Dlls, Visual Effects/Thumbnails and Performance Information and Tools
9. Disable DEP and SEHOP
10. eHome IR Transceiver and Start Screen Alternatives

Other Manuals

# Windows Server 2008 /
# Windows Server

Additional Resources

# Windows Server to Workstation Forum
# Security Software Compatibility List
# Games Compatibility List
# Wish List

8 Responses

  1. Dylan Taylor says:

    The download link is dead

  2. David says:

    O aplicativo não está disponível?

  3. mauro says:

    its possible using classic theme in windows server 2012?
    somehow enable this option

  4. Gavin Stubbs says:

    The previous websites have been great! Look forward to this next one, and can’t wait to download it from MSDN!

    Arris: Thanks! Working on it *as we speak*! 🙂

  5. Stefano Zambonin says:

    Please, ASAP….

  6. Lennard Bastiaanse says:


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