Windows Server 2012 build 7904

Build of Windows Server 2012
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Timebomb2011-07-02 (+198 days)
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Windows Server 2012 build 7904 is a build of Windows Server 2012, which was uploaded on 30 September 2021. This is the last known build to contain the blue-green gradient background present since build 7788. It would be later replaced with a plain green wallpaper featuring a wordoku puzzle in 7927 (client).

Editions and keys[edit | edit source]

Edition / SKU Name Key
Standard + StandardCore YMFM8-J2RV2-66G78-XPQ7C-4RY3B
Enterprise + EnterpriseCore 7P8GH-FV2FF-8FDCR-YK49D-D7P97
Datacenter + DatacenterCore 7X29B-RDCR7-J6R29-K27FF-H9CR9
ServerWeb + ServerWebCore YGTGP-9XH8D-8BVGY-BVK4V-3CPRF

Changes[edit | edit source]

Many changes to the user interface have occurred since build 7850.

Windows Basic/Aero Lite is now used as the default theme instead of Windows Classic. The Aero Lite visual style has gained Metro-style window metrics, but only when the Desktop Window Manager is initialized. The Metro Horizon has been replaced with a desktop tile, although its resources are still present; clicking it brings the user back to the classic Windows desktop. Tiles are now icon-aware, and right-clicking on a tile shows a menu with several options - "Move to Other View" being among them, although this does nothing when clicked. In fact, all of the options bar the "Open" option (which opens the app without actually entering the desktop) - including such items as "Uninstall" and "Resize" - either do nothing or show an error when clicked.

The ability to search files and applications in the Start screen was implemented. The bugcheck and Windows Boot Manager functionalities now support VBE2 at all times (build 7850 only supported it during boot) and have been updated to the design first seen in Windows 8 build 7899. In addition to this, a user tile is now located at the top of the screen filled with the user's profile picture (replacing the Search button, which was not seen again on the Start screen until Windows Server 2012 R2 Update in 2014), as well as a volume icon.

Accents and backgrounds have been implemented, of which are accessible using a registry key. The Start screen now has multiple views - although this is hinted at in build 7880 of its client counterpart by the existence of a "Move to Other View" option found while right-clicking on the Start screen tiles, it is unimplemented. This other view is an "Other Programs" view that contains all installed programs. As a result of this, there are far less applications in the default Start screen view. The tile colors in the Start screen have been changed to be more uniform.

The copyright date of winver.exe has been updated from 2009 to 2010. This is, as of today, the only build of Windows Server 2012 to use it, as the next build already has a 2011 copyright date.

Redpill[edit | edit source]

Start screen accent[edit | edit source]

To get the Start screen accent, open Registry Editor, head to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\, create a new key called DWM, make a DWORD called EnableAccent and set its value to 1. Afterwards, log off and then log back on again.

Removable media prompt[edit | edit source]

The removable media prompt has been revamped as well, using the new Metro design. It mostly consists of the same actions as the previous removable media prompt used in earlier builds of Windows 7.

Immersive apps[edit | edit source]

Immersive Browser: C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Immersive Browser\Microsoft.ImmersiveBrowser\miexplore.exe.

Redesigned Server Manager[edit | edit source]

An early iteration of the Server Manager interface is present in this build, and can be accessed by running C:\Windows\system32\ServerManager.exe.

UEFI class 3[edit | edit source]

It is likely the first server build to support UEFI class 3.

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

Setup[edit | edit source]

The messages shown while the Setup is starting or restarting the computer are cut off.

Arial[edit | edit source]

This build uses the Arial font for the title bar and watermark because of a typo in the aero.msstyles and aerolite.msstyles files.

Start screen[edit | edit source]

Due to issues with the Start screen's accent, there will be rendering issues when using EnableAccent.

Explorer crashes in Safe mode[edit | edit source]

When booting into safe mode, Explorer may crash after logging in.

Login sound[edit | edit source]

Upon logging in, the login sound will play three times instead of once.

Crash while booting into setup[edit | edit source]

On VMware, the OS may crash while booting into the setup. This can be fixed by setting hardware compatibility to 10.x.

Windows Classic[edit | edit source]

Despite no longer being the style used, the "Windows Classic" colour scheme is still used initially on the first login of a user account, before the default Windows theme is applied thus overwriting those settings with Aero Lite's colour scheme. Later builds would fix this by initially having the colour scheme on the default user configuration already match the default visual style's colour scheme.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Setup[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

Redpill-specific[edit | edit source]