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Windows Server 2008 R2 as a desktop OS?

Windows Server 2008 R2 as a desktop OS?

I get Windows Server 2008 R2 for free through the DreamSpark program, so I thought I could save $30 and use Windows Server as my OS and not get Windows 7. I found this website, which makes it seem like this is a route many people take. What are the advantages / disadvantages of running Windows Server 2008 R2 instead of Windows 7? Are there any features that are missing from the server version that are in the consumer one? (one thing I am worried about is Windows Media Center, which I would really like)

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Guest [Entry]

"Are there any features that are
missing from the server version that
are in the consumer one?

you won't have Superfetch and Readyboost ...

one thing I am worried about is
Windows Media Center, which I would
really like

and of course no Media Center."
Guest [Entry]

"I used Server 2008 (pre-R2) through the DreamSpark program for a while as well. It did pretty much everything I needed it to, and was a lot cheaper than buying Vista would have been. The only problems I had were, as mentioned above, AV (Avast! Home won't install on a server OS). It took a little tweaking, but once set up, everything worked fine. I haven't checked out R2 yet, since I have no x64-capable computer, but if my experience with 2008 was any indication, you'll be fine. If anything, it seemed speedier than Vista, although I don't know if the same will apply with Win7 vs 2008 R2.

You might also want to check and see if your school has an MSDNAA subscription. Mine doesn't, but some do, so you might be able to get Windows 7 for free anyhow."