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I plan to use Windows Server 2012 Standard on my PC as my primary OS.

Can Windows Server 2012 run all Metro (/ Windows Store) applications or are there arbitrary limitations or edition checks that might limit the number of available apps?


Some DLLs are just missing on Server 2012 and Metro games and videos all crash until you install them

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The only issues I know of right now regarding using Windows Store on Server 2012 are:

  • Store can't be run as Administrator.
  • Many other apps also can't be run as Administrator. These apps appear grayed out on the Start screen. One that comes to mind is Google Chrome; it can't be run as a Windows 8 app as Administrator (but it can run as a desktop app, started from a desktop shortcut).
  • Only a very few apps make the distinction between Server 2012 and Windows 8. Typically these are antivirus apps; you will have to do some serious shopping to find an antivirus program that works with Server 2012 and isn't designed for business environments.
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Thanks for the answer. On the same day I asked the question I started using Windows Server 2012 on my laptop giving it Windows 8 treatment and it just works beautifully. My university provides Sophos to its staff so I am covered on that front as well. Some metro apps, such as mail, used to crash often but it received 2 updates already and now is rock solid. For some reason I cannot get Metro apps to play videos though. – Cetin Sert Oct 20 '12 at 18:33
Dunno about videos. Nearly everything I run is a desktop app. – Michael Hampton Oct 20 '12 at 19:23
I don't care much about it either for the time being. Busy loving the heaven into Haskell / F# and HTML5+CSS3+JS these days. There is always VLC to cover my entertainment needs. Oh I had also used Windows 2008 R2 like Windows 7 before and can just as well report that it does run all PC games without a single complaint. – Cetin Sert Oct 20 '12 at 20:07

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