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30 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Service Pack 1 and Ubuntu Linux 10.10
Windows Server

What, exactly, is the difference between Windows 7 and Windows Server? I am thinking of buying a server OS, but I want to know whether it can run normal applications, and whethet it has features of Windows 7 such as task manager, windows explorer, etc.

Thanks, dlgn

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30 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The server based product is optimized for file sharing, security and stability. If other lacks some bells and whistles to offer better stability and security. It's licensed typically on a per user product with a license called a CAL (client access license).

It certainly can run normal applications and does include things like windows explorer, task manager etc. If you are comfortable in a Windows based client OS, you will be able to navigate around in the server product. However, running a server for the sake of running a server, is a bit expensive and will likely just result in a fairly poor desktop experience. I would never go from Windows 7 to Server 2008 R2 as my OS of choice on my gaming computer.
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30 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

You have $1,209 dollars to buy Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard? You have to be kidding me. Windows 7 is well under that price and shares the same kernel the same everything. Windows 7 is built on a server grade OS. You can buy a whole new top of the line computer for that price.
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30 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

The difference is the purpose. Windows 7 is meant to be used as a client, while the Server OS is meant to "serve" data or applications to the clients. You know the purpose of the computer, so you know which is more appropriate. The Server OS typically needs server-compatible system utilities, like anti-virus, partitioning tools, etc, so some of what you would use on Windows 7 wouldn't install.
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