Windows Server 2008 rc2 vs Win 7 Pro

Hey everyone,

I want to host my own website, and some games servers. I would also like to use my computer to play some games every once in a while.

However, I was wonder if anyone knew what would be the better setup. I can use Windows 7 Pro 64 and install mySQL server, apache, etc, and play my games.
However I have a feeling that the game servers might run more smoothly on Windows Server. But, can I play games on windows Server? Does it support DirectX 10 etc?

I am just not sure which OS to use. I think if Windows Server has DirectX, I'll go with it, unless it is just a terrible pile of junk. (I have never used a server OS before but I know in the days of windows XP, people used win Server 03 as a replacement for XP)

Don't look at the price, I can get both for free through my school.

Thanks for your input.

Edit:
--> I search around with Google for a bit and I found that DirectX11 will be supported for Win Server 2008. I think this is what I'll do. If it doesn't work, not much is lost, just a pile of time. If anyone has any suggestions still, feel free to comment :)

Cheers
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  1. crazy1291 said:
    Hey everyone,

    ......

    Edit:
    --> I search around with Google for a bit and I found that DirectX11 will be supported for Win Server 2008. I think this is what I'll do. If it doesn't work, not much is lost, just a pile of time. If anyone has any suggestions still, feel free to comment :)

    Cheers


    EDIT#2 (couple days latter)
    --> Windows Server 2008 R2 has dropped 32-bit compatibility. this means that I cannot play many of my steam games such as TF2, Half-Life, and L4D2 since the are 32 bit binaries.

    I guess I will have to stick with windows 7 + Apache then

    EDIT#3
    Oops, I am an idiot. I misunderstood win Server 2008 R2 droping 32 bit support as not being able to run 32 bit apps.
    Its not like that. Windows Server 2008 R2 only ships as 64-bit, but can still run 32 bit applications through WOW64
  2. Hello crazy1291,

    Games on windows server 2008, might work depends on the game. Check compatibility.


    Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here http://tinyurl.com/9fhdl5 . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to check the threads available there for additional assitance and support.

    John M
    Microsoft Windows Client Team
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