Issues using Windows Server 2008 as a workstation OS

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 23 Sept. 2010 / Last Updated on 22 Sept. 2009]

Some users like to run a server OS such as Windows Server 2008 on their workstations. This tip describes some of the issue you may encounter when you do this.

Some users like to run a server OS such as Windows Server 2008 on their workstations, for example so they can have Hyper-V on their laptop to run virtual machines. You need to be aware that you may encounter certain issues when you do this. For example:

  • Client and server OSes are tuned differently, which may cause certain client applications to perform poorly when run on a server OS.
  • Installers for some client apps are blocked from installing on server OSes.
  • Windows Server OSes do not include Bluetooth support, so your Bluetooth keyboard and mouse won't work.
  • If you have Hyper-V enabled, you can't use advanced video performance features.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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