Windows® Home Server is a hardware and software solution that enables families with multiple PCs to easily share their digital experiences. Offering the reliability and familiarity of other Microsoft technologies, Windows Home Server helps families organize, access, and protect their treasured digital images, music, video, and personal documents.

» Protect files and PCs with automatic backup and a simple restore process.
» Connect to documents, photos, music, and other files from virtually anywhere
» Organize documents, photos, music and other files in a shared location.
Features at a Glance
» Automatic daily backups of your home PCs
» Restore lost files or an entire PC
» Access all your stuff on the home server from your networked PCs
» Share photos and home videos through a personalized Web address*
» Organize your most important information in one central place
» Expandable storage space for future use
» Innovative third-party applications

Windows® Home Server allows you to:


  Windows Home Server provides automatic daily backups for home PCs, so files and PCs can be easily restored. Plus, PC health monitoring lets families see the condition of home computers.


  Every member of the family can access what they need on the home server from their networked PCs. People can even share information with faraway friends and family, or access their own data when they’re away from home.*


  Family photos, videos, music, and other important documents stay together in one central place. Folders by subject or topic keep the whole family organized and up-to-date.


  As storage needs increase, families can simply connect a new hard drive to Windows Home Server. And with developers working on innovative add-ins for home automation, home webcams, and security feature solutions, Windows Home Server will be part of the family today—and tomorrow.


Earn more with Windows Home Server
Besides providing a great way to store, share, and protect digital content, Windows Home Server also signifies a potential increase in revenue for your business. Like other OEM-configured servers and PCs, Windows Home Server offers a number of upsell and cross-sell opportunities.






1 GHz Pentium 3 (or equivalent)

Pentium 4 or x64


512 MB

512 MB ECC memory

Hard drive**

80 GB (ATA, SATA, or SCSI) primary drive; any number of additional hard drives with more than 8 GB of capacity

300 GB primary drive; two or more internal (SATA or SCSI) drives

Network interface card***

100 Mbps

1 Gbps


* You may need to add services from your broadband provider to use Windows Home Server’s remote access features. For example, you will need certain “ports” to be open to use these features. Some broadband providers block certain ports for customers on some service plans. Also, some broadband providers’ terms of service may limit or prohibit setting up and running of “servers” on their networks by some customers on some service plans. Make sure that your use of Windows Home Server features follows your broadband provider’s terms of service. Please contact your broadband provider if you have questions about their terms of service.

** The largest hard drive should be configured as the primary (system) drive.