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Windows Home Server URP1 Win32 English 1pk DSP OEI CD/DVD 10 Clt (This OEM software is intended for system builders only)

by Microsoft OEM Licence
Windows Vista / XP
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Easier remote access: view thumbnails of your photos when accessing them remotely, and allow remote access to only specific folders depending on the user.
  • Back up and restore shared folders to an external hard drive: automatically wake home computers from standby for energy efficient backups
  • Drag and drop multiple files to upload from Internet Explorer 6 and 7
  • Improved file transfer performance when using multiple hard drives: health monitoring of all files stored in shared folders
  • Processor power management is enabled using the Server Balanced Process Power and Performance power scheme as the default setting
Important Information About This Product
OEM software is intended for system builders and small OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) who manufacture computer systems and pre-install OEM system builder software onto those systems. It is not intended for purchase or installation by consumers. Please note that end-user technical support will be provided by the system builder and not by the manufacturer or the reseller (Amazon.co.uk). Click here for licence details and system builder obligations by manufacturer.
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm ; 159 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B001E5Q8CO
  • Release Date: 30 Jun 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,665 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

It's time to brush the digital dust off your captured moments and media for good. Introducing a simpler smarter way for families to organise, share and protect photos videos music and much more. Windows Home Server brings it all together in a central hub connecting your home PCs, making it easy to keep and enjoy your family's most important memories. Grandma will love it too.

Manufacturer's Description

Windows Home Server helps families stay connected and simplifies the way they keep and share their documents, photos, videos, and music; easy to set up and use, families can stay connected with a reliable and familiar home server, whether they’re in the next room or the other side of the world.


Windows Home Server automatically backs up your home computers making it easy to restore files and with additional computer health monitoring you will know if the anti-virus programs and other system software you use are up-to-date and running smoothly.

Home Network Health Monitoring
Windows Home Server monitors its own health status and the status of your computers notifying you of any issues or problems that are found.

Home Computer Backup and Restore
Windows Home Server will automatically back up your home computers to the home server and allow you to easily restore the entire computer, individual files or folders. The Windows Home Server Backup solution uses an innovative method to back up only the data that has not already been backed up before. Even if you have several copies of the same data on different computers, the data is backed up only once on your home server and your home server keeps track of what data was stored on each home computer on each day. This makes it very efficient in terms of the time it takes for backups to complete and also the amount of space that is used on your home server.

Restore an Entire Home Computer
Restoring a home computer to a previous point in time is easy; simply boot the home computer from the Home Computer Restore CD. The computer will connect to your home server and provide a simple wizard for restoring a single hard drive or multiple hard drives from a backup of that computer stored on your home server.

Restore Individual Files and Folders
Restoring individual files or folders is easy too; simply drag and drop individual files or entire folders that have been backed up on the Windows Home Server Console and then store them on your Windows Desktop or another location on your home computer. 

Decide what and when to backup. View larger.

Personalise shared folders on your home network View larger.

Stream and share all your media around the home. View larger.

Connect to your network with confidence – wherever you are. View larger.


Every family member can access what they need on the home server from another computer in the house. Share information with family and friends when you’re away from home through a personalised Web address, or access your own files from a computer with a Web browser.

Media Sharing

Quickly share whatever files you want around your home server with pre-configured shared folders already set-up for your Photos, Music, Videos, Public, and Software files, which can be enabled for media streaming from the Windows Home Server Console. You can selectively turn on “Media Library Sharing” for each of these shared folders so that your music, photos, and videos can be accessible from an Xbox 360 entertainment system or another supported digital media receiver that is attached to your home network.

Shared Folders and Server Storage
Windows Home Server Drive Extender is a revolutionary new storage technology that enables you to use internal and/or external hard drives of varying sizes for additional storage on your home server. In addition, the person who administers Windows Home Server can enable Folder Duplication for specific Shared Folders on their home server, so that two copies of a shared folder exist.

Shared Folder Duplication
If you have two or more hard drives in your home server, Windows Home Server helps protect against hard drive failures by ensuring that files stored in shared folders are automatically duplicated across multiple hard drives. So a shared folder has two copies, with each one being stored on a separate hard drive.

Keep your family photos, videos and music, and other important documents together in one central place and share what you like between one another. Folders can be created by subject or topic, so the family stays organised and up-to-date.

Windows Home Server Console
As Administrator, when you run the Windows Home Server Console use it to configure your home server and set permissions, and you can access the Console from any computer that has the Windows Home Server Connector software installed  

Remote Access
With the Remote Access functionality you can use a web browser on a computer from outside your home to access your home server and computers remotely: add new users, add new shared folders or check the health of your home network. You can also search through the Shared Folders when you are trying to locate a specific file or files and run an application as if you were sitting in front of your home computer.

Simply connect a new hard drive to Windows Home Server as your storage needs increase and easily manage the move across from old to new hardware. You can also make the most of Windows Home Server Add-Ins to expand the functionality of your home server for home automation, webcams, media sharing, and security solutions, Windows Home Server will be part of the family today—and in the future.

Add more Storage easily 
From the Windows Home Server Console add a new hard drive to your Server Storage by using a simple wizard. The amount of storage available to your shared folders and home computer backups increases proportionally. You no longer need to deal with E: F: G: etc. drive letters as you add more hard drives to your home server because they are represented in Server Storage as a single large collection of available storage space and the hard drives you add can be either internal or external (e.g. USB 2.0 or FireWire).

Easy to remove hard drives
As the files and folders on the hard drive are automatically moved to other hard drives in Server Storage, it is easy to remove the older, smaller hard drives over time. real.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
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94 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed...Updated Dec 2009 24 Dec 2008
Format:DVD-ROM|Verified Purchase
I've just purchased this having installed the free 120 day evaluation version which is available directly from Microsoft. In that time, it's dropped £30 in price!!

This is a server operating system based on MS Server 2003, which I have installed on my daughter's old AMD Athlon 1800+ desktop which became surplus on the arrival of a new laptop last birthday. I've not had any experience of servers before and the installation process was a doddle - you put the CD in the drive of your spare computer, plug it into a wired network socket on your router and away it goes to become your new Home Server. Once it's finished, every other computer on your network needs to install Home Server client software..and hey presto, you're up and running.

OK, but what does it do?? I'm not sure I've even scratched the surface yet, but this is what mine does...

I've installed Samsung Laser and HP Inkjet printers on it and it acts as print server for any computer in the house. (XP drivers seem to work fine for basic printers, but from reading forums I don't think scanners etc will work).

This means that you never have to plug a laptop into a printer again, just sit working wirelessly on your laptop on the sofa, click print in the usual way..and the print spools out of the printer connected to the Home Server.

All of our music, files and photographs are in folders on the Home Server which are shared and available to me, my wife and daughter with varying degrees of security and access (e.g. I have full control, whereas my daughter can only look at the photographs (not delete or change), but she can write new music to the Home Server when she rips new CDs.

This means that, no matter which computer you log onto, all of your files are available to you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted 25 Aug 2009
Format:DVD-ROM|Verified Purchase
This does everything that I wanted it to do, and I am really pleased with it. What I wasn't prepared for, despite getting the evaluation copy first, is that new motherboards with SATA designed for PC's, and this don't particularly mix too well. To cut a long story short, I finshed up running this under VMWare as I could not get the install to run on my hardware, even to the first stage (Lots of Google searches and forum searches later). So, choose your hardware with extreme care. If the hardware has no Win2003 server drivers then expect problems. Now it is up and running I have no complaints. I have used the recovery feature twice (purely for testing rather than in anger) using both XP and Windows 7RC. It is so much easier, simpler and much faster than having to do a base O/S restore and then reload all the Apps and data back. I am sure there are other products out there that will do this too, but the simplicity of this is great, especially coupled with all the file-sharing functions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product 31 Oct 2009
Format:DVD-ROM|Verified Purchase
Delivered very quickly and the set up was a breeze. Very little computer knowledge is required, however your server needs to have a wired connection to you router, it does not support wireless connnection, the rest of your pc's can be wireless though. Easy to use and you can grow into it, plus I strem all my media onto my playstaion, laptop and pc with no extra add in's or programs.
Would definatly recommend this over an external hard drive as you can access your files any were in the world as long as you have an Internet connection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT 25 Nov 2010

First why read this review. I have been using windows homeserver ever since it came out over 1.5 years ago.

I have 5 computers at home and it was a pain always having to do monthly backups on them all, Windows homeserver solved this problem in an absolute simple manner. Install the connector software on each home computer, a backup plan is created (Daily, weekly and monthly backup) and after that when the computer is turned on again it completes a backup in the background needing no input from myself its done automatically, The initial backup will be the longest.

You will have the ability to share documents and files with all your family and friends (You have 10 user accounts at your disposal) whilst at home or any where else as the software allows remote access ie connecting via the internet to your server, all you need is an internet connection. Great for when you are on holiday and want to save your pictures at home straight away or for allowing the kids to have a place to put school work or if working on a project with another person.

Another great feature using what are called addins (small programs that enhance the servers use) is to build your own photo website and host it from your server meaning you do not have to pay a company to host your site. Or any other number of sites you wish to create. Using an addin called Whiist for example, this is so easy to do its beyond belief and they can be accessible by everyone or you can lock the sites down to only authorized users of your server.

The first release of Homeserver was not as refined as it is now and was a bit cumbersome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it serves
good software client is happy and I am happy with it performance, I would go for 64 bit version now though but if you have a 32 bit machine this is perfect
Published 20 months ago by Anthony McGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin
I have been running this product as a 30 day free trial from Microsoft for a couple of weeks and am very impressed. I am an ex server engineer and used to run Novell 6. Read more
Published on 13 April 2011 by Gardening Man, Northern France
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for sharing data in the home
I have bought this and installed it on an old PC nothing special in spec but with a couple of additional HDD's for backup so the data in the key folders (photo's, music, video,... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2011 by R. Heap
3.0 out of 5 stars This is ONLY Power Pack 1
Check the small print - as this version is `only' the original Power Pack 1 with the Drive Extender Bug - you MUST update both this install and the Connector software before... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2010 by Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Every home should have one
I installed one for a small business and have now purchased 3 more for business and home installations.

Smart technology - greta for backup and remote working. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2010 by Derek
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill product, easy to use
I've had a Win2003 server running at home since 2003, and I've been planning to add extra disc, RAID etc etc, but never got round to it. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by B. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows XP home server 2003
I used the trial version of this and loved it. It was so easy to set up, you don't have to be an it expert to get it working. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2009 by I. T. Stingemore
5.0 out of 5 stars Stability Stability Stability
Being a heavy MacPro user and a occasional XP dabbler, I took the plunge in and decided to buy a Home Server and what a difference. Read more
Published on 1 July 2009 by John Nicholas Oakes
5.0 out of 5 stars exelent operating system
this is the most best server operating system i have found so fare that is easy to use

been useing this for about 2 yers now and it is good for backing up all your... Read more
Published on 24 April 2009 by S. jaconelli
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