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I got enough parts to build a new computer. I was planning on using it for HTPC use and maybe, if possible, to store some media files on to watch on our PC in the basement.

But it would also be for checking email, browsing forums, and if possible for watching TV on from a PCI tv tuner card.

Is it doable? Is it a good idea? Or should I just use windows xp?
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Windows 7?
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Originally Posted by br3nd064 View Post
Windows 7?
I think windows server 2008would be free for him if he has a windows server 2008 key to use.

If you are trying to look for a free option and you aren't going to be gaming, then get Ubuntu.
    
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If you already have a key, I guess go for it. 99% of everything works from what I've heard, it just seems a bit excessive to me. Check out this link:

http://www.win2008r2workstation.com/

Like baseballboy said though, a linux distro would make the most sense to me.
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I have the key, I get it free through school.

dreamspark.com

Anyways, so it has IE8/IE9 and all that jazz? Is it going to have a simliar layout to Windows 7?
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Originally Posted by hondajt View Post
I have the key, I get it free through school.

dreamspark.com

Anyways, so it has IE8/IE9 and all that jazz? Is it going to have a simliar layout to Windows 7?
R2 is just Windows 7 with a lot of services/graphics turned off, much like how normal 2008 was like Vista.
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Perfectly viable in my experience. It boots significantly faster than 7 because you don't have to wait for that 4-color window animation to finish, too. On my SSD, it just shows one tiny bar and then loads the login screen.

There are a handful of tweaks that you need to do, such as installing a "desktop experience" feature (and some other things) to get the 7 interface, installing DirectX (I believe, could be wrong), and things of that nature. There was a website referenced earlier in this thread that makes it really simple to make 2008 r2 a suitable workstation OS.

I used it for a while but I was having trouble with my USB removable storage not mounting, so I went back to XP. Not sure what caused it, but I figure it's something I did wrong.
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I've never played with anything except XP and Windows 7, so I don't know anything about Server software.

Just burned the ISO and will be installing tonight. I have a lot to learn before then I guess.
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It's awesome. It's like a better Windows 7. Once you enable the GUI nad Aero and all that stuff, it performs exactly like W7 but with a LOT better networking and filesharing options
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Yeah I do it, it even games too.

I thought it was Vista based but apparently it shares the NT 6.1 code, same as W7. I think it's themed/based off Vista but with the W7 code "base" so to speak. Either way it works fine, some even say it has better performance than the desktop versions due to stripped services.

I will say this, the Areo theme does NOT work like Vista/W7, it's extremely chopped up. Visually it looks the same, but once you use it you'll see what I mean. I do think it's a good alternative, especially since it's free for students.
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