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South Bend, IN

[WIN8] Use Server 2012 as desktop OS?

I'm building a new desktop PC and I'm a Comp. Sci. student at a large University.

Being a student, I have access to a free license to a full retail version of Windows Server 2012 (but only an "upgrade" license to Win 8). I need a full license as this is a new computer with a blank hard drive.

Is there any reason I can't use Server 2012 as an alternative to Win 8? Would I not want to do this? Are there any major Win 8 features removed from Server 2012 that would make it undesirable for desktop use?

I used Server 2012 at work and it's seems really similar to Win 8 (I have not ever used Win 8).


·TekSavvy DSL
Windows 8 licence which you get from your university can be installed in a new computer with a blank hard drive. There should not be a problem.

I have not used Server 2012 but why would you want Server 2012 on your personal computer where it's not meant to be for personal computing!!!

not in ohio
·Verizon FiOS
reply to DruX
Can't tell, since you don't say what you want to use a desktop OS for.

Things you might run into:

1) Some paid-for software charges more for a server version on the grounds it's 'obviously' being used in a business capacity.

2) Some software refuses to install on a server version (either because the vendor just doesn't want to support the server, or because he's protecting the more-expensive server version).

In addition, there's likely more "stuff" running by default in the server version, so you might have to allow for a little larger memory budget over running the desktop OS.