Windows Server 32 Bit

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Windows Server 2008 'The Last 32-bit Operating System'. Future extensions to the Windows Server product line will also be 64-bit only apparently, including the new medium-sized business edition coming early next year, code-named 'Centro,' and its small business edition 'Cougar' later in 2008. Jul 15, 2014  Hi, i need to ask is windows server 2012 R2 available in 32 bit or it is only available in 64 bit as in win 2k8 R2?

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Editions (April 2014)

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter on Microsoft Azure
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter 64-bit ISO
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Virtual Lab
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter 64-bit VHD
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I was looking for the proper version of Win 2008 R2 to download, and cannot find a 32 bit. Is it 64-bit only? I'm still on a 32-bit machine, going to run it under VMWare. Do I need to go back to the original Win 2008 (i.e. the one before R2)?

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As of Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is no longer shipping 32-bit versions of their Server operating systems. Yes, this does indeed put a maximum version limit on 32-bit only hardware! We can't upgrade our Domain Controllers to R2 because of this, we need new hardware for it. Those old Pentium 4's won't handle 64-bit.

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