Home > Windows > Interface Changes in Windows Server 2003 Interface Changes in Windows Server 2003 Eugenia Loli 2004-08-15 Windows 22 Comments Get up to date on some of the new interface changes and features in Windows Server 2003, including a skinnable interface, folder compression to save space, built-in methods for CD burning, and remote desktop assistance. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 22 Comments 2004-08-15 8:23 pm Anonymous Great just what is needed on a server os! 2004-08-15 8:29 pm Anonymous excuse me but wasn’t this already available but somehow disabled? The themes and cd-burning easily enabled in the services and registry with the guide on msfn.org. 2004-08-15 8:46 pm Anonymous Does the author have a clue? compressed folders have been a part of NTFS since the dawn of time, secondly, Hello! this is a server OS CD burning & skinning aren’t priorities here. 2004-08-15 8:51 pm Anonymous What a pointless, review. It covers things that have been included on all new computers that have been sold for nearly three years now. Care to fill us in on what colors the sky can be on this world, cause I’m not sure that any of us are aware of it. 2004-08-15 9:14 pm Anonymous While I can see that all these “new” features (www.msfn.org/win2k3) are pointless on a normal server installation, if you use Windows Server 2003 as a desktop OS, you may very well want all this stuff. 2004-08-15 10:14 pm Anonymous can’t we report abuses on articles? 2004-08-15 10:40 pm Anonymous “Nice” article. Hehe. Should have been postet a year ago. 2004-08-15 11:42 pm Anonymous This is ridiculous. The exact same themes as are in a normal install of XP are already there. All you have to do is turn the service on manually. Standards of journalism in this arena are unbelievably low. 2004-08-16 12:30 am Anonymous for any new MS release centers around how to get everything back to the Classic menus, which, though byzantine, are known. What the user wants is the ability to set environment variables in less than 15 agonizing steps. Give me a command prompt, and, to these annoying little pop-up baloons full of non-information, I offer what is surely an unambiguous, negative gesture. 2004-08-16 2:03 am Anonymous Yeah things here have sunk to an all time low, you should ask for your money back, er you don’t pay anything so never mind 2004-08-16 2:37 am Anonymous I have an idea for a new article I want to publish. “How you can change the desktop wallpaper in Windows 2003 Advanced Server”. 2004-08-16 4:21 am Anonymous I have an idea for a new article I want to publish. “How you can change the desktop wallpaper in Windows 2003 Advanced Server”. Sad (funny?) thing is, it’d probably get published here. 2004-08-16 5:31 am Anonymous The default theme (based on the screenshots published) seem something that is designed for a color-challenged person. I think the author of the article should have critisized it poorly rather than applaud it. 2004-08-16 6:21 am Anonymous This is so dumb. Has the author been using DOS the past 10 years???? And who cares since its a server OS. 2004-08-16 7:14 am Anonymous Maybe there is a csh or tcsh skin. This would be very helpful for it, because then it at least looks like a server. 2004-08-16 7:27 am Anonymous quote: Don Jones is a founding partner of BrainCore.Net, one of the world’s leading companies dedicated to technical certification and assessment technologies and development. Don is the author of nearly a dozen computer books. He has more than two decades of experience with computers, ranging from his first Commodore PET computer to more than eight years as a network engineer, architect, and consultant. Don is a regular contributor to industry technical publications; is a contributing editor for MCP Magazine; and can be found speaking at some of the world’s leading technical conferences, including MCP TechMentor. Don can be reached through the BrainCore.Net Web site at http://www.braincore.net. Mark Rouse (MCSE, MCDBA, MCSA, MCT, Compaq ASE) is a trainer and senior consultant for a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider and Certified Technical Education Center. As a former systems administrator, Mark has more than 10 years experience with designing and implementing network solutions. Mark has contributed to a number of technical publications and has been involved with the development of MCP exams as a Subject Matter Expert for Microsoft. end quote subject matter expert for microsoft, yeah right. 2004-08-16 7:35 am Anonymous “hi iam a noob and downloaded windows 2003 yesterday, can u please tell me how to install it?” man, someone stayed in the sun too long and fried them brains. 2004-08-16 7:45 am Anonymous It starts with explaining about themes: “A theme is a collection of user environment configuration settings (wallpaper, desktop icons,…..” Yhat’s where I left off. 2004-08-16 10:33 am Anonymous I didn’t see anything wrong with the article. I thought all anyone did with Windows was change themes and burn CDs. What’s everyone so upset about? Anyone care to elaborate on what exactly makes Windows 2003 a server OS and how that compares with say Windows XP professional? Posting something informative would be better than just criticizing this article and website. 2004-08-16 11:22 am Anonymous Practically no difference. MS just uses naming schemes and artifical limitations such as the number of concurrent connections to price gouge, oops I mean in economic terms price descriminate. If you are thinking of using Windowss 2003 server then this article is a complete waste of time. Basic writing skills require you to match material with target audience. 2004-08-16 2:48 pm Anonymous ALL of the features this article describe already exist in win XP. As ALL the other users pointed out, this is useless to the bottom! please, update the article with some warning that theres is NOTHING NEW if you seen windows XP (wich has the SAME stuff) or even the latest gnome (wich has similar stuff). it will save a lot of people a lot of time. thanks 2004-08-18 2:02 am Anonymous Win2k3 comes with a much different config than WinXP. DirectX isn’t installed, Java isn’t installed, there is no system recovery, fewer services are turned on, etc. You can enable/install all of that and use Win2k3 as a desktop OS if you’d like.