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Hardware Requirements for the Target Computer


Updated: October 4, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

This section provides hardware requirements for Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

You must install Windows Server 2012 Essentials on the target computer that meets the requirements in the following table.

Table 1: System Requirements for Windows Server 2012 Essentials





CPU socket

1.4 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster for single core

1.3 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster for multi-core

3.1 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster multi-core

2 sockets

Memory (RAM)

2 GB

16 GB

64 GB

Hard disks and available storage space

160 GB hard disk with a 60 GB system partition

No limit

*Recommended hardware requirements to support Windows Server 2012 Essentials maximum user and device limits.

The following table lists additional hardware and software requirements.



Network adapter

Gigabit Ethernet adapter (10/100/1000baseT PHY/MAC)


Some functionality may require Internet access (fees may apply) or a Windows Live® ID Account

Supported Client Operating Systems

  • Windows 7

  • Windows 8

  • Macintosh OS X 10.5 to 10.8.


Some features require professional or higher editions.

1 GB of available hard drive space (a portion of this disk will be freed after installation)


A router or firewall that supports IPv4 NAT

Additional requirements

DVD-ROM drive

Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Processor performance depends not only on the clock frequency of the processor, but also on the number of cores and the size of the processor cache. Storage space requirements for the system partition are approximate. Additional available storage space may be required if you are installing over a network.

For more information about the hardware requirements, see the Windows Server Catalog.

All server hardware should meet the requirements established for the Windows Server 2012 Logo Program for Systems. For more information, see Windows Logo Program.

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