Final Windows 2008 Workstation!

Aero and SideBar enabled with NOD32 v3 AntiVirus installed.

WindowsKey + Tab to switch between windows.

It just works great! ๐Ÿ™‚

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64 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    @steve: โ€œHas anyone considered the fact that Vista costs a fraction of the price of 2k8 server?โ€

    Too bad you’re neither a Microsoft partner nor a TechNet subscriber. They cost the same in the Action Pack.

    Even if I had to buy 2008 Server for $6-700, I’d rather do that and be productive, than let a $1500 system and my valuable time (minimum $150/hr) be wasted by the black hole called Vista!

  2. Lucius says:

    The speed advantages are also there when you turn on every effects and other stuff vista “offers”?
    so the enhancement isn’t just coming from turning evering unneeded off?!

  3. Michael says:

    @steve: “Has anyone considered the fact that Vista costs a fraction of the price of 2k8 server?”

    I got my Enterprise Edition along with a Windows Vista installation for free by attending the New York launch event.

  4. Michael says:

    Windows is windows. You should be able to run Adobe apps on anything that implements the win32 API. There are some installers that will refuse to run on the “wrong” version of Windows but those are easily fixed with a quick registry edit.

  5. Digiguru says:

    What sort of software tests have been done, or does anyone have any advice about software? I use most of the Adobe Suite, firefox, office etc. Have these programs been tested on win 2008?

  6. Paul says:

    Having done a quick test of the 2008 beta I was surprised how well my quad core Phenom performed and how stable it was running hyper-v VM’s
    It supports DX10 and aero it simply miles ahead of vista64.

  7. a says:

    @steve: “Has anyone considered the fact that Vista costs a fraction of the price of 2k8 server?”

    Has anyone considered the fact that software doesnt have the costs anything?

  8. Dirk says:

    Works perfectly with HP Pavilion k221 ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also in 64 bit version!
    Only Games are a little bit tricky ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. Greg says:

    thank you again ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Christopher says:

    I have to say thanks to this site I have just purchased and installed 2K8 server on the three machines in the house. Cost is a big option but buy a multi license from Microsoft and its well worth it. Looking forward to media center and a few others. Keep up the good work!

  11. Steve says:

    Has anyone considered the fact that Vista costs a fraction of the price of 2k8 server?

  12. Greg says:

    Question, I put all of the options you have listed here in to 2 server 2008 enterprise edition pc’s. every thing works great, but I can not choose the aero option only the vista. and so when switching between windows it dosent spread them across the screen like that. insted their is a little box, listing the screens.
    is this due to the video cards I’m using ? as they are not vary big. both have their drivers installed. they are both nvidia.
    one is a ge force fx 5200 , 128 bit agp.
    the other is a quatro 4 ge force 750 , also 128 mb / 128 bit agp.
    any idea’s ?

    Admin: I don’t know if it works for Windows Server 2008, but here is an article how to force Windows to use Aero.

  13. samdude9 says:

    950GMA. Check
    Wireless. Check
    Sound. Check
    1.43GHZ celeron. Check
    760mb ram. Check
    Stability. Check
    Speed. CHECK

    Best version of windows ever. Check.

    I’m serious – this is incredible. You guys have effectively made publicly available, in my opinion ‘vista 1.5’. In that effectively, this site enables people to use a speedier, more stable version of vista.

    Nut it’s not just vista – its an OS in its own right.

    So here you go:

    My eternal thanks (until 7 ;p).



    Admin: Great to hear that you enjoy Vista 1.5! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Steven says:

    I think I am going to get Windows Server 2008. It is much faster on the same hardware. Even if it made to look live Windows Vista.

  15. Alex says:

    Fantastic tutorials. I could have got half of them myself having tweked registries and played with pre-release candidates of 2008, but this guide makes it easy and straight-forward, just followed every single page ๐Ÿ™‚

    Keep up the good work and I’ll sign up to the forums…


    Admin: Thanks for the compliments! See you around at the forums! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. syrup says:

    Great tutorial. thx

  17. Felix says:

    Thanks for doing this tutorial!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Admin: No problem! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great time using Windows Server 2008 Workstation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. chdd says:

    I used Vista Ultimate x86 for 9 months, liked the interface but got frustrated with speed issues, even with SP1
    after reading some convincing reviews, I moved to Windows 2008 x64 with the workstation tweaks nicely explained on this site
    the difference in speed and stability (with the same hardware) is huge, and the compatibility issues limited (mainly due to 64 bit environment)
    Microsoft did really a poor job on the consumer version of their OS

  19. mad_tony says:

    Will try this on older system, without aero. Looks good.

  20. everts garay says:

    I am using windows server 2008. And it’s better than vista.
    I have to turn on so many future. and i have to install some driver.
    I am not sure, but i think 90% of driver of vista works, with server 2008.

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