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Windows 7: Is a display device needed for Win 7?

18 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Is a display device needed for Win 7?

I have a computer that I intend to make into a server. I would like to remove the graphics card, if for no other reason than to reduce power consumption. The motherboard does not have built-in graphics. Will I be able to install Window 7 (Home Premium x64) onto this machine?

Note that:
  1. I understand that a monitor will be needed for the initial installation
  2. I have the Remote Desktop hack and intend to install it
  3. Once the system is running, I never intend to access it other than with Remote Desktop
So, after the initial installation, if I remove the graphics card, will the computer boot and run properly?


Thanks.


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18 Jul 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
 
 

No you will need a moniter for this. I do understand what you are trying to do though. I have tried it, but it hasn't worked for me.
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18 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I seriously doubt that will work. Usually this is allowed only on motherboards that support a headless option. Does your motherboard have that option in the BIOS?

I'd just leave the video card in there - there will be minimal power consumption, especially since you won't have a monitor connected to it.
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18 Jul 2012   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
I seriously doubt that will work. Usually this is allowed only on motherboards that support a headless option. Does your motherboard have that option in the BIOS?

I'd just leave the video card in there - there will be minimal power consumption, especially since you won't have a monitor connected to it.
But you will need the monitor to be able to install the OS on there at first.
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18 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64
 
 

HonorGamer: I understand that the graphics card/monitor will be needed for the install. I question was related to post-install.

kegobeer: Your reply is not the answer I wanted. Guess I can always try and see what happens. I will also measure the power with and without to see what the difference is. Will take a couple of weeks, but I will update the thread.
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18 Jul 2012   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
 
 

Well if you are able to set up Remote Desktop, Then post install, you won't need a monitor and you can take out the graphics card.
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18 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Until you can no longer connect with RD...
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18 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HonorGamer View Post
Well if you are able to set up Remote Desktop, Then post install, you won't need a monitor and you can take out the graphics card.
Unless the motherboard allows headless operation, the motherboard will fail to POST without a video card.

To the OP - just leave the card in.
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18 Jul 2012   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HonorGamer View Post
Well if you are able to set up Remote Desktop, Then post install, you won't need a monitor and you can take out the graphics card.
Unless the motherboard allows headless operation, the motherboard will fail to POST without a video card.

To the OP - just leave the card in.
True, I have actually never heard of headless option before. So yeah, if you aren't gonna use the graphics card, or monitor for anything else, then might aswell just leave it in.
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18 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Maybe you can find a cheap low-voltage graphics card?
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