Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Mar 2008 21:06 UTC, submitted by Research Staff
Windows "If you've been paying attention to the various industry news outlets you've no doubt come across the story about the Microsoft engineer advocating Windows Server 2008 as a 'workstation' OS. According to him, if you make the right tweaks - installing the Desktop Experience feature, adding a few missing utilities, tuning the scheduler - you can turn Server 2008 into a fairly convincing Vista knock-off, one that's faster and more scalable than the original. Curious, we decided to see for ourselves just how well Server 2008 stacks-up to Vista with SP1." In addition, ExtremeTech has an article on Vista SP1 performance.
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Same OS
by Zoidberg on Thu 6th Mar 2008 02:24 UTC
Zoidberg
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2006-02-11

Vista SP1 and Server 2008 share exactly the same kernel. That is why Server 2008 is already at SP1 on release and when SP2 comes out it will install on either OS. Aside from having a lot of stuff disabled or not installed by default, there's really no difference. You can disable and remove this stuff from Vista SP1 and have the same result.

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RE: Same OS
by jjmckay on Thu 6th Mar 2008 04:40 in reply to "Same OS"
jjmckay Member since:
2005-11-11

Zoidberg then what accounts for the performance difference between Vista and W2K8? Can Vista be tweaked to run as fast? That information is golden right now.

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RE[2]: Same OS
by Zoidberg on Thu 6th Mar 2008 05:01 in reply to "RE: Same OS"
Zoidberg Member since:
2006-02-11

If I were guessing I'd say it would have to be having all the fancy special effects turned off by default, things like the indexing service disabled, etc. If someone were to disable all of that same stuff on Vista SP1, run the classic theme and so on I would think it would be as fast as Server 2008. I haven't actually tried though, but I'm not sure why they would perform any differently.

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