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I finally got the nerve and installed Windows 2008 Server on my x64 laptop. It is rocking so far! It was a little confusing at first because there are lots of things turned off by default (it IS a server OS after all). But I found a post on Building a Windows 2008 x64 Laptop and it worked.

First, it is NOTICEABLY snappier than Vista Business x64. Maybe because there isĀ  nothing set up by default. I almost cried when my Windows Live Writer told me it didn't support Windows Server OS and I thought I would have to change editors (if you haven't tried Windows Live Writer, I highly suggest it), but after a little Google-ing, I found this post and downloaded the *.msi file and it worked just fine (although I didn't get a success message, I am posting from it right now).

Now that I have Visual Studio 2008, ASPNET MVC, the Silverlight toolkit and SQL Server 2008 CTP installed, I am ready to start coding on my home laptop again.

More posts coming soon!

~L

Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 8:58 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Windows 2008 Server x64 Laptop

# re: Windows 2008 Server x64 Laptop
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I about to install Server 2008 on my work desktop...any words of guidance?
Left by Tim Hibbard on May 14, 2008 8:34 AM

# re: Windows 2008 Server x64 Laptop
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Hey Tim,

The link above is good guidance, even for desktops. The biggest thing is remembering that it is a server OS and if you find that something doesn't work, check in the "features" section to "add features" and see if what you need is there. The "Windows Desktop Experience" feature will probably get you most of the things you want (i.e. media player, etc). Also, follow the links at the bottom of Ivan's post. One of them will show you hot to turn off IE security.

HTH ~L
Left by Lee Brandt on May 14, 2008 9:18 AM

# Laptop Configuration
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Hi enjoy 2008 environment in laptop.
Let me know your laptop configuration. Iam very confused whether shall I go for AMD or Intel X64.
Pls support me
Left by Rosario on Jun 12, 2008 4:41 AM

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Hey Rosario:

I've been very happy with my AMD Turion x64. Not sure it makes a lot of difference. The biggest thing is making sure you have 64-bit drivers for your hardware. My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A205-S7468 and the driver disk that came with it mostly worked. I had to get the 64-bit video driver from ATI and 64-bit touchpad driver from Synaptic and that was about it!

Hope this Helps,
Lee
Left by Lee Brandt on Jun 12, 2008 8:38 AM

# re: Windows 2008 Server x64 Laptop
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I have a Toshiba satellite A205-S5000 and I put server 08 on it, and it is quicker, and I know how to re-enable everything I need to, but I need drivers, and they aren't on the Toshiba website...........does anyone know where I can get them?? Like the WLAN, SD Card Reader, etc...
Left by Dave on Sep 24, 2009 8:12 AM

# re: Windows 2008 Server x64 Laptop
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Here is another interesting ingredient to your 2008 server on a laptop recipe.
the SSD drives

was fetching about running 2008 server over SSD and look at what i found

http://www.ericharlan.com/Tech_Blog/server-2008-r2-on-ssd-a175.html

this colleague is running the 2008 on a SSD, on a laptop, there is a interesting video on the post

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcKG20HDl_A
Left by jumanx on Jan 24, 2012 4:56 PM

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