Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003
Version of Microsoft Windows
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OS familyWindows NT
CodenameWhistler Server
Preliminary nameWindows 2002[1]
Windows .NET Server
Windows .NET Server 2003
Windows XP Server 2002
Architecturex86, x64, IA-64
Latest build5.2.3790.3959.srv03_sp2_rtm.070216-1710 (Service Pack 2)
Release date2003-04-24
Support end2015-07-14
Web Server
Standard Server
Datacenter Server
Enterprise Server
Client counterpart
Windows XP
Windows 2000 Server
Replaced by
Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2003 is the server counterpart of Windows XP. It comes in editions like Datacenter, Web Server, Standard, Enterprise and Small Business (the latter is technically a separate version). It replaces Windows 2000 Server and was replaced by Windows Server 2008.

It is the last version of Windows Server to support computers without ACPI and the last version of Windows to use NTLDR to boot the system.

Release 2

An interim release under the name of Windows Server 2003 R2 was released to manufacturing on 6 December 2005.[2]

Other versions

As well as the standard Windows Server 2003, several other editions were built on the NT 5.2 kernel, including Storage Server 2003 (released on 10 September 2003),[3] Storage Server 2003 R2 (released on 6 March 2006), Compute Cluster Server 2003 (released on 9 June 2006), Small Business Server 2003 R2 (released on 1 September 2006) and Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (released on 5 December 2006).

Startup sound

There's a widespread misconception that this startup sound from a promotion animation (cut by TheCanadianToast) is used for a version of Windows Server 2003 for the United Kingdom. However, no country-specific edition of Windows was ever made until Microsoft was forced to make N and KN variants for Europe and South Korea respectively which removes Windows Media Player and other features due to antitrust lawsuits; Windows didn't have English (United Kingdom) as a display language option until Windows 8/Server 2012. All versions and localizations of Windows Server 2003 use the Windows XP startup sound.

List of known builds

Beta 1

Beta 2

Beta 3





Service Pack 1 Beta

Service Pack 1 RC

Service Pack 1

Service Pack 2 Beta

Service Pack 2

R2 Beta


Storage Server 2003 R2

Compute Cluster Server (Compute Cluster Pack)

Beta 2

Community Technology Preview


Service Pack 1