Windows Server 2003

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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
Release date2003-04-24
Support end2015-07-14
Web Server
Standard Server
Datacenter Server
Enterprise Server
Client counterpart
Windows XP, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Windows 2000 Server
Replaced by
Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2003 is the server counterpart of Windows XP, released eighteen months after its client counterpart. 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 is a widespread misconception that a version of Windows Server 2003 for the United Kingdom used a different startup sound. However, all versions and localizations of Windows Server 2003 use the Windows XP startup sound. Furthermore, Windows was not available in a English (United Kingdom) variant until Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Source code leak

On 23 September 2020, the source code for Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003's RTM build was shared on 4chan's /g/ board. As mentioned on the original post, the code had been circulating in private circles for several years at most. Due to the incompleteness of both source code repositories, primarily within the activation functionalities, it is fair to assume that the disclosure had originated from a Microsoft Partner who had access to the source code rather than Microsoft themselves. The ability to glance into the groundwork of this operating system has led to some discoveries, an example being the checks for enabling the DirectUI-based Start Page from shell\explorer\tray.cpp being usable in build 2410.

List of known builds

Beta 1

Beta 2

Beta 3

Release Candidate 1

Release Candidate 2



Service Pack 1 Beta

Service Pack 1 RC

Service Pack 1

Service Pack 2 Beta

Service Pack 2



Release Candidate 0

Release Candidate 1


Storage Server 2003 R2

Compute Cluster Server (Compute Cluster Pack)

Beta 2

Community Technology Preview


Service Pack 1