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eHome IR Transceiver

To get your Media Center remote controller working in Windows Server 2012, sovaldi sale you need to install the following package.

1. Download ehome.zip (314 KB) from win2012workstation.

2. After downloading the zip extract the zip, decease run install.cmd as an Administrator and follow the instructions on the screen.
Extract X_Audio_Input.zip and run install.cmd

3. Continue by installing the driver from the Driver folder via the Device Manager and ignore all warnings. After installing restart and check if an other ConsumerIR device was found via the Device Manager and install that driver too.


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Performance Information and Tools

To see how well your hardware performs, Windows 8 includes a tool to measure system performance. The following steps will help you to get this feature in Windows Server 2012. Files from this package are extracted from a fresh installation of Windows 8 RTM.

1. Download perf_info_and_tools.zip (36,5 MB) via Mirrorcreator.

2. After downloading the zip extract the zip, run install.cmd as an Administrator and follow the instructions on the screen.
Extract perf_info_and_tools.zip and run install.cmd

3. After the installation has successfully finished, open the Start screen and search for performance in the Settings category. Next click the Performance Information and Tools application.
'Performance Information and Tools' in Start menu

4. In the Performance Information and Tools applet, click the Rate this Computer button to start calculating the Windows Experience Index.
'Rate this Computer' in 'Performance Information and Tools'

5. Enjoy your Windows Experience Index! 😉
Windows Experience Index of a Virtual Machine


Continue to disable DEP to prevent application crashes…

Wish List

This list contains all features we still want in Windows Server 2012 and are working on at the forum. If you have any wishes, no rx please leave a comment or place a request at the forum.

WishDiscussion/Solution TopicSatisfied
Metro UI Internet ExplorerForum: Metro UI Internet ExplorerYes, see tutorial.
Quick Switch Between User AccountsForum: Quick Switch Between User AccountsNot Yet.
Automatically boot to Classic DesktopForum: Automatically boot to Classic DesktopYes, see tutorial.
System RestoreForum: System RestoreYes, see forum topic.
Background for Start screen Forum: Background for Start screen Yes, see forum topic.
BluetoothForum: BluetoothNot Yet.
Online Microsoft AccountForum: Online Microsoft AccountNot Yet.
Picture Password and PIN for AuthenticationForum: Picture Password and PIN for AuthenticationNot Yet.
Portable Workstation Creator (aka Windows To Go)Forum: Portable Workstation Creator (aka Windows To Go)Not Yet.
Windows Sensor and Location PlatformForum: Picture Password and PIN for AuthenticationNot Yet.
Sticky NotesForum: Sticky NotesYes, see forum topic.
Speech RecognitionForum: Speech RecognitionNot Yet

Installing Language Packs

To personalize Windows Server 2012 even further, nurse it is possible to install language packs to get Windows in your native language. To do this, sick insert the language packs DVD in your DVD drive or download the language pack of the language of your choice.

1. In the Start screen enter lpksetup, and press Enter.
lpksetup in Start screen

2. Choose the Install display languages option.
Install display languages in Display Languages wizard

3. Click Browse and select the folder in which the language pack(s) is/are stored. You can also select one language pack (.cab) from that folder. The list of languages will now be populated after which you can check the language(s) you want to install. Click Next to proceed to continue.
Select language(s) to install

4. Accept the licence agreement and click Next to start the installation.
License agreement

5. The installation will take some time. After the installation has finished, click Close.
Installing language pack(s) Installation of language pack(s) finished

6. After the installation has finished, click Control Panel in the Start screen, and open

  • Add a Language under Clock, Language, and Region if you are using the Categorized view.
  • Language if you are using the Classic view.

Next, click Advanced settings in the left pane.
Advanced settings of Language preferences in the Control Panel

7. Finally set the Override for Windows display language to the language you want to use and optionally click the link under the dropdown to also use this language at the welcome screen and for new user accounts. Click Save to apply the language change and log off and re-logon to immediately see the result.
Select language to use

8. Enjoy Windows Server 2012 in your native language! :-)
Windows Server 2012 in Dutch


Continue to change the computer name…

Windows 8 UI Internet Explorer

Even after installing the Desktop Experience feature, the Internet Explorer tile in the Start screen still runs Internet Explorer on the classic desktop. This registry hack will make Internet Explorer run as Windows 8 UI application when started from the Start screen.

Download MetroIE.reg and import it into the registry. Next time you click the Internet Explorer tile in the Start screen, it will start with the Windows 8 interface. Make sure you also followed the Windows 8 Apps and IE Enhanced Security Configuration steps. The classic Internet Explorer can still be accessed by starting Internet Explorer from the classic desktop.
Metro Internet Explorer in Windows Server 2012


Continue to install dll’s required for some games and applications…


To automate the whole process of converting Windows Server 2012 to a Workstation, order neige and his team The Horsemen created a converter application.

The download link and more information about the development can be found at the forum: MICROSOFT SERVER CONVERTER 2012.

Windows 8 / Server 2012 Essential Knowledge

Compared to all previous Windows versions, many of the working of the GUI has changed. On this page you will learn the essentials of the new Windows Operating System. The actions are similar for both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.


There are multiple ways to shutdown, restart or put the system in sleep mode.


Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination. You will now get the following screen at which you can click the shutdown icon in the lower right corner.
Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination and click the icon in the lower right corner

Right bar

1. Move your mouse to the upper right or lower right corner of the screen, a bar will now appear in which you click the Settings option.
Right bar

2. The new options that appear includes the Power option which you can click to shutdown, restart or put the system in sleep mode.
Shutdown/Restart/Sleep the system via right bar

Alt + F4

Go to the classic and press the Alt + F4 key combination while no application window is active. The Windows shutdown window will now appear in which you can select what Windows should do.
Shutdown window after pressing Alt + F4 at classic desktop

Show all Programs

In the classic Start menu, one could browse all applications by expanding the ‘All Programs’ item in the Start menu. In Windows 8 / Server 2012, this changed slightly.

Right click

Open the Start screen, right click somewhere at a empty spot and in the lower right choose All Apps from the bar that appears.
Right click at a empty spot in the Start screen and choose All Apps

Windows Key + Q

Press the Windows Key + Q combination to go straight to the screen with all applications. Then click on an empty spot somewhere on the left to hide the search bar.
Search in apps

Power User Menu

For advanced users to quickly perform advanced system functions, it is possible to open the Power User menu by right clicking in the lower left corner of the screen. The short key to open this menu is Windows Key + X. The Power User Menu contains: Programs and Features, Power Options, Event Viewer, System (System Properties), Device Manager, Disk Management, Command Prompt [Admin], Task Manager, Control Panel, File Explorer (Windows Explorer), Search, Run and Desktop.
Power User Menu


Windows Server 2012 comes into 2 different editions (Datacenter, pilule Standard) on MSDN/TechNet installation DVD. The evaluation DVD can be downloaded via the TechNet Evaluation Center. You can burn this .iso file using for example ImgBurn. After burning the DVD follow the installation steps below.

1. Boot up your Windows Server 2012 dvd. After you see the screen below, click choose the appropriate settings and click Next.
Main installation screen

2. At the next screen just click the Install now button.
Start Installation

3. Select the version of Windows Server 2012 that says Full Installation. Don’t select one of the Server Core Installation’s, because then you won’t have a GUI 😉
Choose Edition

4. If you agree to the license terms, check I accept the license terms and click Next.
License terms

5. We will use the Custom (advanced) in this manual which allows us to install a clean Windows Server 2012. The Upgrade option can be used to upgrade from Windows Server 2012.
Installation Type

6. Select the harddisk and partition where you want to install Windows Server 2012 and click Next.
Installation location

7. Now Windows Server 2012 setup will install the selected version to your harddrive.
Copying files Automatically restarting Finishing installation

8. After the installation has finished you will be asked to enter a password for the built-in Administrator account. You MUST type in a strong password with at least one capital letter and one number, for example P4ssword (capital P/number four), otherwise you will get an error message saying that your password does not meet the password complexity requirements. You can disable this strong password enforcement later. Click Finish to apply the new password.
Set a password

9. The installation will now apply the settings whereafter the Windows Server 2012 lock screen shows up. Press the Ctrl+Alt+Del key combination and enter your password.
Windows Server 2012 Lock Screen Log in with the password you just chose

10. In the Server Manager click Manage in the upper right, choose Server Manager Properties and check Do not show me this console at logon to not show the Server Manager at start-up. You can access the Server Manager later via the the shortcut in your pinned items bar or Start screen.
Server Manager


Continue to the installation of the Device Drivers…