I got two questions, but before I start, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Frederik and I am from austria. I want to start developing ASP.NET web applications. Because those will most likely be hosted on a Windows 2008 R2 server, I thought it would be the best to use this OS for developing.
Before I set up my new developing environment I got two questions: Will my hardware be capable of running Windows Server 2008 R2 smoothly? I am using a notebook with an Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 (1400 MHz) and 4 GB main memory. I am currently using Windows 7 Professional x86 together with Visual Studio 2010 Test Professional, SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition and IIS7 and everything is working fine now.
The second thing is, that there is only a x64 version of Windows Server 2008 R2 available. I heard, that the drivers I have to use must be designed for x64. But the x86 applications, if they aren't using built-in x86 drivers, should run because of WOW (Windows on Windows). I did read, because x86 programs will be emulated, there could be a performance decrease running those programs. But on the other hand there are a few circumstances that could cause a performance increase, especially running x86 programs which consume a high amount of memory. I don't know what I should believe now. What are your experiences regarding to that? I want to make sure, that I am able to work properly with the system I will set up. Most of the programs I use are x86. I can't afford to upgrade them to x64.
Thanks for your time
EDIT: I misplaced that topic somehow, sorry.
It would be nice if someone could move it to the proper location .