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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