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Advice needed on upgrading from XP to Windows Server 2008 R2

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Hey all,

For this post, please ignore my sig rig, that is waiting for me at home.
I'm currently using my old computer at university.

My question is this, I've been rooting around the various interwebs, and have come across the use of Windows Server 2008 R2 as a normal workstation that is able to play games and generally function as a perfectly normal operating system.

I'm currently sat with a download link open and was hoping to get some feedback first from OCN.

I wanted to know how much truth there is to this and any insight into how to make things run smooth.

My current PC that I plan to put this on has the specs as follows:

Pentium D 920 @ 2.80Ghz
1GB DDR2 RAM
nVidia 9500GT

I don't know the brand of the mobo as it was store bought and therefore I haven't properly looked around inside other than to install the 9500GT.

Currently it is using XP SP3 and the hard drive is partitioned directly down the middle.

Is there any way I can install it to one partition for a dual boot?
And if not, if I install it over XP, will I keep all of my files etc?


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Server 2008 R2 is based on the same code as Windows 7. Using it as a normal workstation OS will require some minor tweeks to the security model and a few other items. R2 is also 64 bit ONLY.

Check this out for more info. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vijaysk/arch...esktop-os.aspx

I say go for it. Play around with the limited time trial OS and then buy it if you like it.
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If it is 64 bit, will 1GB of RAM be okay? I'm not too hot on the differences between 32 and 64 other than 64 being able to utilise the maximum performance in terms of RAM..
    
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Didn't want to bump, but I really need this info!
    
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64-bit is slightly faster, needs different drivers, and requires a 64-bit processor (which you have). As long as all of your components have 64-bit drivers, you should be fine with it.

You will have to manually copy over your files and reinstall your programs if you replace XP with Server 2008; the only way to do the upgrade would be with a clean installation. Partitioning it for a dual-boot should also be possible, although I'm not 100% sure how you'd do that in this situation. (My preferred partition resizer is GParted, which you can run from either a standalone LiveCD or the Ubuntu LiveCD. After resizing the partitions, you should be able to just install Server 2008 to the new partition. The standard version of Windows 7 should automatically add the link to Windows XP in the bootloader if I remember correctly, but I'm not sure whether or not Server 2008 does it differently.)
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You will need more than 1gb of memory for any real functionality. Check the minimum specs on M$'s site.
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