Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2? Tags: Windows 7 Windows Server 2008 Last response: July 20, 2011 1:39 PM in Windows 7 Share junaid96 July 20, 2011 9:47:04 AM Hi there, I'm building a Sandy Bridge PC (my first build) with 8GB RAM, and i5-2500K CPU. I'll be using it for work as well as playing games such as Crysis, Combat Arms and COD. Microsoft offers a free legit copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 - instead of paying £80 for Windows 7. I have a few questions though: Will it work with games, will all software work just fine with it, and is it the same UI etc. as Windows 7? Basically, is it Windows 7 + Server stuff that you can disable and should I go for it instead of 7 - bear in mind I'm a student on a tight budget Thanks More about : windows windows server 2008 das_stig a b $ Windows 7 July 20, 2011 10:42:33 AM SVR08 is based off the NT 6.1 core aka Vista and yes you can turn it into a workstation : http://www.win2008workstation.com/ Now saying that, a lot of stuff may not work correctly on SVR if it does version checking. Personally, stick with Windows 7 (Pro), but try it, you get a grace period before you need to activate. lafontma July 20, 2011 1:39:11 PM windows vista = 6.0 = Windows 2008 Windows 7 = 6.1 = windows 2008 R2 I've been running R2 as a desktop for a while now and most software have noissues running on R2. I had 1 defrag program telling me that it couldnt run on a server version of the OS. So as mentionned try it with R2, install the desktop experience from the features. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Solved2008 Server R2 modded to workstation/Windows 7 Forum SolvedSo... Any One Want Windows 7 x64 vs Server 2008 R2 Benches? Forum Server X7DBE support Windows 2008 r2 Forum How do you join to server 2008 r2 domain with window 7 home premium 64 bit clien Forum SolvedWindows 2008 R2 Server Migration to new Hardware Forum Windows Report Viewer 2008 SP1 install issues on server 2012 R2 for WSUS 3.0 SP2. Forum i have dell optiplex 9010 i did installed windows server 2008 R2 on it but the network card is not working because i don't`t h Forum SolvedWindows server 2008 r2 Forum SolvedDIY: WIndows 2008 R2 Server Config Forum SolvedWindows Server 2008 and/or 2008 R2 motherboards Forum how to make a power user in windows server 2008 R2 ? Forum Sata Drive for a Windows 2008 R2 Server Forum Convert from Windows XP to windows server 2008 R2 Forum lenovo thinkcentre mt-m 3378 lan driver for windows server 2008 r2 64 bit Forum How to find Windows Server 2008 R2 Product Key from Original DVD Forum Windows Server 2008 R2 Won't Boot :( Forum Dell Optiplex 740 and windows server 2008 R2 64 bit Forum Schools Windows Server 2008 R2 Very slow Forum Dell Poweredge 2900 Server with PERC 5i while installing windows Server 2008 R2 the drive doesn't appear Forum WIndows Server 2003 to 2008 R2 Forum More resources Read discussions in other Windows 7 categories Configuration Customization Drivers Security Laptops !