Windows – Can Windows Server 2012 run all Metro (/ Windows Store) applications

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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?

Update

Some DLLs are just missing on Server 2012 and Metro games and videos all crash until you install them http://www.win2012workstation.com/xinput-and-xaudio-dlls/.

Best Answer

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.