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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RE[2]: Same OS
by Zoidberg on Thu 6th Mar 2008 05:01 UTC 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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RE[3]: Same OS
by NxStY on Thu 6th Mar 2008 12:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Same OS"
NxStY Member since:
2005-11-12

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.


There is stuff in Vista that you can't disable. DRM for example. Supposedly this is disabled in WS 2008 as it would be more difficult for MS to force this stuff on corporations rather than ordinary users.

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RE[4]: Same OS
by WorknMan on Thu 6th Mar 2008 14:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Same OS"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

There is stuff in Vista that you can't disable. DRM for example. Supposedly this is disabled in WS 2008 as it would be more difficult for MS to force this stuff on corporations rather than ordinary users.

As another poster inquired, which 'DRM' are people speaking of that is supposedly slowing Vista down to a crawl?

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RE[4]: Same OS
by PlatformAgnostic on Thu 6th Mar 2008 15:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Same OS"
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2006-01-02

The people who are telling you it's DRM are misinformed (perhaps intentionally). For the components they share, Vista and 2k8 have the exact same binaries. There are obviously components that are present in the client that aren't in the server and vice-versa. But there is no specific 'DRM' component, so it's not one of those things.

Edited 2008-03-06 15:26 UTC

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