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Windows 7: Windows Server 2008 R2. Looks like windows 95?

20 Jun 2011   #1
onlinegamesnz

Windows 7 home
 
 
Windows Server 2008 R2. Looks like windows 95?

Topic says it all

Installed windows server 2008 r2 and it looks nothing like windows 7. It has the classic start menu, and EVERYTHING else it grey and windows 95 looking?

Any idea on what could cause this??

Thanks in advance!!

2GHz pentium 3 cpu
Asus K8V-MX mainboard
2GB RAM
80GB HDD
Radeon 9400 graphics card


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20 Jun 2011   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, it is a server based operating system. Glitz and eye-candy isn't exactly a priority for a server based OS.
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20 Jun 2011   #3
onlinegamesnz

Windows 7 home
 
 

Yes ok but im just woundering if this is effecting some of the os functions, or hardware related issues.

For example, when it installed it installed the driver for my PCI wireless card, but the card wont enable you click enable it says "enabling" then just goes back to disabled
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20 Jun 2011   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, I don't have any experience with wireless cards in a server....I'd never even consider running a server with a wireless card.

However, there are quite a number of sites out there explaining how to make Server 2008 or 2008/R2 look more like a desktop. This might get you going...I know you can make it prettier...I just don't have personal experience doing it.
http://www.win2008r2workstation.com/
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21 Jun 2011   #5
onlinegamesnz

Windows 7 home
 
 

So this is what it looks like

Windows Server 2008 R2. Looks like windows 95?-windows-95.jpg

and i beleive this is what it should look like after googling it

Windows Server 2008 R2. Looks like windows 95?-image_6.png


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21 Jun 2011   #6
onlinegamesnz

Windows 7 home
 
 

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21 Jun 2011   #7
Devux

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

All well and good. But it is a server. You should really concentrate on providing all the CPU power to things that are connecting to it, not making it look shiny like Windows 7. Aero theme eats up some resources it does.
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21 Jun 2011   #8
brady

 

It should not look like 95. Most likely you are running a power/performance theme/scheme due to settings or bottleneck.
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21 Jun 2011   #9
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Correct - if you *really* want the Aero theme, add the "Desktop Experience" feature from server manager, reboot, enable/start the "Themes" service (it is still disabled by default after you install the DE feature), and then you should be able to change your desktop to an Aero theme if your video card supports it and the drivers are installed properly for it (but remember, Server 2008 R2 is not Win7 and will not have any themes by default other than the stock Aero theme).

As to the wireless card, you want to make sure the driver is installed properly, was designed for Windows 7 (not an XP or Vista driver), and isn't leaving a trail of errors and warnings in the application and/or system event log when it won't enable.
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21 Jun 2011   #10
Devux

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
As to the wireless card, you want to make sure the driver is installed properly, was designed for Windows 7 (not an XP or Vista driver), and isn't leaving a trail of errors and warnings in the application and/or system event log when it won't enable.
Well the driver for the wireless card would have to be for Server 2K8 would it not? Like pparks1 said, wireless cards in servers are...rare, to say the very least.
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