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Installing windows server 2012 on a 32-bit laptop?

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  • Hi

    Can we install windows server 2012 on a 32 bit laptop?

    If the answer is No, could you please help me with the following question?

    I want to get prepared for MCSE exams but I have a 32 bit laptop and I have to install server 2012. Is there any way to install some kind of virtual windows server 2012 on this laptop (32_bit), just to learn and to get prepared for the exams?

    Is there any suggestion other that buying a new 64-bit laptop?

    Thanks,


    Monday, May 27, 2013 12:04 PM

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  • Hi

    Can we install windows server 2012 on a 32 bit laptop?

    If the answer is No, could you please help me with the following question?

    I want to get prepared for MCSE exams but I have a 32 bit laptop and I have to install server 2012. Is there any way to install some kind of virtual windows server 2012 on this laptop (32_bit), just to learn and to get prepared for the exams?

    Is there any suggestion other that buying a new 64-bit laptop?

    Thanks,


    Probably not. See:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134246.aspx

    Processor performance depends not only on the clock frequency of the processor, but also on the number of processor cores and the size of the processor cache. The following are the processor requirements for this product:

    • Minimum: 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor


    StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS

    • Proposed as answer by VR38DETTMVP Tuesday, May 28, 2013 8:37 PM
    • Marked as answer by Asma2020 Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:42 AM
    Monday, May 27, 2013 1:09 PM

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  • Hi

    Can we install windows server 2012 on a 32 bit laptop?

    If the answer is No, could you please help me with the following question?

    I want to get prepared for MCSE exams but I have a 32 bit laptop and I have to install server 2012. Is there any way to install some kind of virtual windows server 2012 on this laptop (32_bit), just to learn and to get prepared for the exams?

    Is there any suggestion other that buying a new 64-bit laptop?

    Thanks,


    Probably not. See:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134246.aspx

    Processor performance depends not only on the clock frequency of the processor, but also on the number of processor cores and the size of the processor cache. The following are the processor requirements for this product:

    • Minimum: 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor


    StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS

    • Proposed as answer by VR38DETTMVP Tuesday, May 28, 2013 8:37 PM
    • Marked as answer by Asma2020 Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:42 AM
    Monday, May 27, 2013 1:09 PM
  • You say "32 bit laptop" but most processors in machines over the last 4-5 years have in fact been 64bit though the OS might be 32bit.  Can you give us some details on what kind of laptop you have and what processor is in it?  You can run the program CPU-Z to identify what processor it is.

    If it truly is a 32bit processor then you will have to upgrade as Server 2012 is 64 bit only and no way to install it on a 32bit platform.


    Be kind and Mark as Answer if I helped.

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:05 AM
  • All the processors after Pentium 4 D are 64bit . If you have a processor older than that , i think is no meaning to install windows 2012 to it. 

    You can use the Technet Virtual lab to use and learn a lot of microsoft products.

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 10:09 AM
  • You say "32 bit laptop" but most processors in machines over the last 4-5 years have in fact been 64bit though the OS might be 32bit.  Can you give us some details on what kind of laptop you have and what processor is in it?  You can run the program CPU-Z to identify what processor it is.

    If it truly is a 32bit processor then you will have to upgrade as Server 2012 is 64 bit only and no way to install it on a 32bit platform.

    Not really true. A lot of Intel Atoms (tons of el cheapo laptops aka netbooks are using them) are 32-bit inly (forced by Intel I guess to avoid cannibalization process).

    StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:10 PM
  • You say "32 bit laptop" but most processors in machines over the last 4-5 years have in fact been 64bit though the OS might be 32bit.  Can you give us some details on what kind of laptop you have and what processor is in it?  You can run the program CPU-Z to identify what processor it is.

    If it truly is a 32bit processor then you will have to upgrade as Server 2012 is 64 bit only and no way to install it on a 32bit platform.

    Not really true. A lot of Intel Atoms (tons of el cheapo laptops aka netbooks are using them) are 32-bit inly (forced by Intel I guess to avoid cannibalization process).

    StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS

    Actually, using your example of Atom processors it still holds true.  Back in 2008 the Atom processors had the capability to run 64bit sets, NOW the motherboards might not of been able to but the processors were.

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


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    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:47 PM
  • You say "32 bit laptop" but most processors in machines over the last 4-5 years have in fact been 64bit though the OS might be 32bit.  Can you give us some details on what kind of laptop you have and what processor is in it?  You can run the program CPU-Z to identify what processor it is.

    If it truly is a 32bit processor then you will have to upgrade as Server 2012 is 64 bit only and no way to install it on a 32bit platform.

    Not really true. A lot of Intel Atoms (tons of el cheapo laptops aka netbooks are using them) are 32-bit inly (forced by Intel I guess to avoid cannibalization process).

    StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS

    Actually, using your example of Atom processors it still holds true.  Back in 2008 the Atom processors had the capability to run 64bit sets, NOW the motherboards might not of been able to but the processors were.

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

    Not sure what you mean... Feature is turned OFF, they cannot run 64-bit code for a reason. Cannot run recent Windows Server 2012.

    StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 8:39 PM
  • You say "32 bit laptop" but most processors in machines over the last 4-5 years have in fact been 64bit though the OS might be 32bit.  Can you give us some details on what kind of laptop you have and what processor is in it?  You can run the program CPU-Z to identify what processor it is.

    If it truly is a 32bit processor then you will have to upgrade as Server 2012 is 64 bit only and no way to install it on a 32bit platform.

    Not really true. A lot of Intel Atoms (tons of el cheapo laptops aka netbooks are using them) are 32-bit inly (forced by Intel I guess to avoid cannibalization process).

    StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS

    Actually, using your example of Atom processors it still holds true.  Back in 2008 the Atom processors had the capability to run 64bit sets, NOW the motherboards might not of been able to but the processors were.

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

    Not sure what you mean... Feature is turned OFF, they cannot run 64-bit code for a reason. Cannot run recent Windows Server 2012.

    StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS

    VR38DETT - Just responding that my statement was correct about processors being 64bit capable, including your example of Atom processors.  

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    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:51 AM
  • ...

    Just responding that my statement was correct about processors being 64bit capable, including your example of Atom processors.  

    ...

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/printpage/Inside-Atom-Architecture/615

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    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7:45 AM
  • I'd rather trust intel than a 3rd party.  Basically, to stay on topic, the user could very well have a 64bit processor........we need to know his specs before we start claiming answers. 

    http://ark.intel.com/products/35635/Intel-Atom-Processor-230-512K-Cache-1_60-GHz-533-MHz-FSB

    http://ark.intel.com/products/family/29035/Intel-Atom-Processor


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    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:17 PM
  • Hello,

    Server 2008 and 2012 do not have a 32 bit versions. You will need x64 architecture to install Server 2012. The only exception is SBS 2008 which is available in x32.


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    • Marked as answer by Asma2020 Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:27 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Asma2020 Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:28 PM
    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:23 PM
  • There are 32bit versions of 2008 sometimes referred to unofficially as (r1) including a Datacenter version, and still supported ( I'm using it as a workstation to write this post )

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=2759

    The one thing for certain that I've learned "abutt" Microsoft is to avoid using certainties about their products.

    I personally prefer server versions of Microsoft systems on my desktops for too many reasons to be listed here.

    One of my favorite sites on the topic is an external collaboration devoted to 2012 and 2008 WS:

    http://www.win2012workstation.com/

    http://www.win2008workstation.com/

    http://www.win2008r2workstation.com/

    Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:36 AM
  • YES, when the CPU is 64bit and if your OS is 32bit it has been done with QeMu and VirtualBox and isn't as fast as it could be compared to using 64bit host operating systems.

    The rest of your question about somehow squeezing a 64bit OS onto a 32bit CPU is just too impossibly flawed to explain how flawed the idea is.

    If you're really serious about earning an MCSE, a professional certification and ostensibly for the purpose of a career, then you'll realize you don't have much spare time for these kinds of fantastic questions.

    Thursday, May 30, 2013 8:08 AM