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i am hearing a lot about server 2008 and can get it for free since i am a student. i can also get win 7 pro for free. if you could download either one which would you choose? i can still play games and what not on server 2008, right?
 

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Depends. Win 7 Pro serves my home needs just fine. Server 08 is a bit more finicky with AV apps, and some disk utilities. It won't let them install. But if you need to set up a more complicated network than a standard home network, you may want to consider 2008.

I prefer the ease of use of Win 7, tbh. Not to mention, 2008 R2 is the one based on Win 7, regular 2008 is still Vista based, if that matters to you.
 
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I still haven't found a decent free AV for Win2008R2...
 

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i'd go 7 professional.


i run my HTPC off it, and have zero issues - whereas win server has some issues (such as the antivirus stated above)
 

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thanks everyone. ill go with 7
 
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Im using rising antivirus free version with win2008 trial (waiting win7 ,did not want to spend for vista) .i seen it is populer at east (japan/china) but not much at west .I will not comment about protection until i install win7 with another av and do full system scan
I still haven't found a decent free AV for Win2008R2...
 

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Personally I use Windows 2008 standard on all my machines. Don't bother with Enterprise. Using 2008 saves you from disabling a lot of Vista crap, no issues with UAC, file sharing and whatnot.
 

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Personally I use Windows 2008 standard on all my machines. Don't bother with Enterprise. Using 2008 saves you from disabling a lot of Vista crap, no issues with UAC, file sharing and whatnot.
does it perform well with games and whatnot?
 
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i am hearing a lot about server 2008 and can get it for free since i am a student. i can also get win 7 pro for free. if you could download either one which would you choose? i can still play games and what not on server 2008, right?
I had to buy 7 pro at student price, as my school isn't on MSDN AA, but was able to get 2008 r2 free from dreamsparkle. I already loaded 7 pro on the e7500 htpc. haven't messed with it. in a couple of minutes i'm going to put 2008 r2 on the q6600 (mostly a work machine).

will update later
 
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does it perform well with games and whatnot?
I agree totally with what he said.
It performs equally and sometimes I have found Server to perform "slightly" better.

If it's free and you don't mind not running an AV or buying a Server license, then I would do Server personally, if anything else it's the :cool: factor.

I actually have Server 2008 Standard R2.0 x64 on my main machine right now mainly to play around with it.

I also just got my Win 7 Pro x64.

After my new hard drives arrive maybe I'll install both to do direct comparisons, but I figure they will be very minor gaming performance wise.
 
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I run W2K3 as a workstation.

There ARE major issues trying to get an AV or defragmenter onto the machine. Why? Because the installers are often designed to block installation onto "server editions" of windows. Why? They want to charge you 5x the cost of a regular desktop version. Bah!

Fortunately, there are workarounds, and some free software is not fussy about working on "server" editions, e.g. www.defraggler.com

AV is more tricky. I like avast! But it insists on a server license at big dollar. A real problem since I run W2K3 on my netbook
 

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If you can get either free, can you get both free?
Pull them both and then play. You can decide after you have checked them both out.

If you can only get one, and you don't need the server stuff of enterprise, I would go for 7 Pro.
 
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7 is alot newer than 2008 aka vista ;)
if its 2008 R2 aka 7 then meybe ;)
with win 7 you get all those media futures, and stuff like h264 decoding and all
btw most server oses are awful when it comes to compatibility with games
 

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If you can get either free, can you get both free?
Pull them both and then play. You can decide after you have checked them both out.

If you can only get one, and you don't need the server stuff of enterprise, I would go for 7 Pro.
i got 2008 r2 free, but haven't found where i can get 7 free.

my update from the 2008 r2 install...

went super smooth

loaded network drivers for 780i sli (usually pita) gave decent graphics out of the box without 191.07. it played "wall e," 1080p pixelated, but played stutter free. loaded 191.07, and it played full res. don't have speakers so can't comment

oh...it screams compared to xp x64. i don't game, but inventor runs smoother (heavy 3d solid modeling)