Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

Windows Home Server 120-Day Eval Now Available

For those of you looking to try out Windows Home Server, but have been left out in the cold by it's exclusion from MSDN, now have an answer. The Windows Home Server 120-Day Evaluation is now live and ready to be ordered. Costs $5.99 for delivery in the US, and your order will be filled in 1-3 weeks.

It can also be ordered from these countries: (with direct order links)

United States
Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

Asia Pacific Countries
New Zealand
Hong Kong

I've been running the RTM version for about a week now, and I'll blog about my experiences shortly.



  • Janne said:

    Why no download eval version?

    November 2, 2007 5:22 PM
  • n-blue said:

    Oh, thanks. I am waiting for this. Finally available to my Thailand.

    November 2, 2007 10:41 PM
  • November 4, 2007 12:34 PM
  • Giles said:

    I have tested the beta and the release candidates. The latest release candidates have performed very well overall.

    I needed to reconfigure my main PC as I had a problem with my raid 0 array and decided to reconfigure as a raid 1 array. I used Home Server to backed up my main Vista system. The complete system restore seemes to have been faultless, bringing across all folders, files, settings, licences etc.

    Home Server backups are very efficiently stored and actual disl utilisation on the server was a fraction of what I would have guessed at partly beacuse I have a lot of old duplicate files on my PCs.

    The backup functions, remote access all work very well.

    The only niggles I found were that you can only restore to a disk the same size or larger than that backed up, even if only partly populated. You can copy back by dragging the files from backup area but I found that was disappointingly much slower than the volume restore. (That said I did have a large data set to recover - circa 300Gb and no larger volume to restore it to as a single volume). Knowing what I know now I would configure my storage a little differently from the start.

    Try it out and you may find (as I did) you begin to totally rethink your whole home computing, media sharing and backup needs.

    November 4, 2007 6:05 PM