Using Windows Server 2008 as a SUPER workstation OS ... Cont'd

Using Windows Server 2008 as a SUPER workstation OS ... Cont'd

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This is a continuation of my previous post  Using Windows Server 2008 as a SUPER workstation OS

Here are a couple of things I missed in my previous post

11. Processor Scheduling

As pointed out in a comment on my previous post; On Windows Server 2008 background services are given preference over interactive programs. You can change this behavior by

Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Performance > Settings > Advanced > Processor Scheduling

Setting this to Programs will make foreground programs more responsive.

12. Visual Effects

One thing you will notice on Windows Server 2008 is that by default you will not see Preview Thumbnails in your Documents / Music / Video folders. This has to be enabled explicitly.

Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Performance > Settings > Visual Effects

Based on your preference you can tweak these settings.

13. Power Options

Do your bit for a Green World! The Balanced (default) power plan on Windows Server 2008  does not turn off hard disks by default. On Vista hard disks are turned off after 20 mins. You can change this by

Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Change plan settings

It does take a bit to kick start the hard disks when you resume work but that's a sacrifice worth making for a greener world :).

14. IE Enhanced Security 

IE Enhanced Security Configuration has been moved from Add Remove Windows Components (on Windows 2003) to the Server Manager on Windows Server 2008.

Server Manager > Security Information > Configure IE ESC

You now have a choice to disable it only for Administrators. 

And to end with a couple of clarifications

* Why am I recommending Windows Server 2008 over Windows Vista ?

I am not!

* How to get Sidebar / Media center on Windows Server 2008?

My honest opinion would be to look for alternatives.

* Will hardware problems go away moving to Windows Server 2008?

Not likely. One of the biggest complaints against Vista was hardware issues. Without proper  drivers from your hardware vendors your ride on Windows Server 2008 is again going to be bumpy. For me all Vista compatible drivers worked fine with Server 2008 and I believe they should work for you as well.

* Will all software work on Windows Server 2008?

Most will but some setups detect Windows Server 2008 as a server OS and may not install. The compatibility mode does not have a Vista option only XP / Windows 2003 and other legacy OS.

[Update 2012] Windows 8 is the Super workstation OS I had been waiting for

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  • dude, if Pshop CS3 and Lightroom 1.3 install and run without issues, this is so the OS for my soho desktop!

    i'll still keep Vista for my media center and gaming.

  • @kwood129: sounds like maybe you need a different MPEG2 codec for Dreamscene to work properly with the MPEGs you're using. those MPEGs would be in MPEG2 format, so....

  • It took me months to convince my manager that I need a new laptop. Then it took me a few more to convince

  • Getting Offline files to work in 2k8:

    1. By default, 2k8 does not seem to create the C:\Windows\CSC folder, but all the other needed components are installed. If you do not have this folder, just create it manually before proceeding further.

    2. Create/edit the following registry keys:

    Key: KLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CscService\Start

    Type: REG_DWORD

    Value: 2

    Key: KLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CSC\Start

    Type: REG_DWORD

    Value: 1

    Key: KLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CSC\Parameters\FormatDatabase

    Type: REG_DWORD

    Value: 1

    Key: KLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\CSC\Parameters\CacheLocation

    Type: REG_SZ

    Value: \??\c:\Windows\csc (yes, with the weird looking question mark stuff)

    Note: The \Parameters key above may not exist, you will have to create it if it doesn't.

    3. Reboot and offline files should be functional.

  • I tried to install a VX-3000 lifecam from MS on my WIndows 2008 enterprise (non hyperv) x86 installation - i get the following error:

    "Setup cannot continue because either there is insufficient free hard disk space or an unexpected error has occurred.  please free the neccesary disk space, and run Setup again.  For system requirements refer to the product packaging."

    this is frustrating.  it seems more and more MS products are incompatible with each other.  It has the same kernal as Vista - why not let the same devices work across the different OS's!

  • hi

    can somebody please help me with my tv tuner. it installs the drivers but it cannot load the tv tuner in any programs, it works like a charm on crappy vista

    please help

  • can somebody please help me with my tv tuner. it installs the drivers but it cannot load the tv tuner in any programs, it works like a charm on crappy vista

    please help

    thank you

  • 漢なら Windows Server 2008 をワークステーション OS にしなよ!

  • 漢なら Windows Server 2008 をワークステーション OS にしなよ!

  • I've been running it for a week in "evaluation mode" on my $599 Gateway notebook (upgraded from 2 to 4 GB for $99) and I am VERY IMPRESSED. Is it a total replacement for Vista? No.

    One Sad thing: None of the Windows Live components will install on a Server -- only Vista and XP. Since I am a Live Messenger junkie, this is a problem for me.

  • Don't use WL installer, use manually download of Windows Live  messenger. (e.g.  http://windows-live-messenger.en.softonic.com/  )

  • I have been going through this process on a Dell D630 with 2.2 core 2, and 4 GB of RAM trying to run Windows 2008 Ent x64 hyper - v,

    I must say that everything works very fast, even faster than running the same laptop with vista x64 sp1.  Many of the drivers installed in less than 1/2 the time.  

    The only single issue for me that might fource me back to vista x64 sp1, is the fact that I cannot seem to get power management to work with the hyper - v enabled.  

    I have even tried to stop the services that make up the hyper - v, and can still not get my laptop to stand-by.

    Does anyone have a work around for this issue?  

  • hey,come on people.windows server 2008 is fast and slick because all that crap about sidebar,dreamscene and whatnot is not on it,you are ruining your nice experience once again or YOU SHOULD CHOOSE BETWEEN PERFORMANCE AND ALL THAT CRAP.

  • i know lots of drivers arnt out for server 2k8.  does anyone have a force install program?

    its not recommended but i'm tired of my dell optiplex gx 270 and soundblaster live! ct4870  not to having sound

  • Brilliant article. Cannot believe how fast it flies now.

    Readyboost not working? Cannot seem to find any straight forward way to get it working. First I had to get the SD card to work. Can't seem to find the readyboost settings?

    Anybody?

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