Installed Server 2008 R2 Eval and Loving it!

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    • #49538

      Glad to here you are loving R2!

      So this Classic Start Menu is free? Good to know. I found a blog post that mentioned one, but you have to pay for it, so this would be better if it was free.

      I most likely will be getting my laptop today and I will be installing R2 on it so then I can enjoy it too!

    • #59349
      AvatarAnonymous

      Glad to here you are loving R2!

      So this Classic Start Menu is free? Good to know. I found a blog post that mentioned one, but you have to pay for it, so this would be better if it was free.

      I most likely will be getting my laptop today and I will be installing R2 on it so then I can enjoy it too!

    • #59350
      AvatarAnonymous

      @xxcom9a wrote:

      Glad to here you are loving R2!

      So this Classic Start Menu is free? Good to know. I found a blog post that mentioned one, but you have to pay for it, so this would be better if it was free.

      I most likely will be getting my laptop today and I will be installing R2 on it so then I can enjoy it too!

      Hi. I believe this utility to be freeware. PCWorld.com review it on their site, and it says it’s free. Here is the link: http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,79170-order,3/reviews.html

      WinBubble also works in Server 2008 R2. It’s a neat little freeware tool that allows some interesting tweaks. It can be downloaded here: http://unlockforus.blogspot.com/2007/11/winbubbles-features-gap.html

      I hope you enjoy Server 2008 as much as I have been. Happy computing 😀

    • #49539

      @xxcom9a wrote:

      Glad to here you are loving R2!

      So this Classic Start Menu is free? Good to know. I found a blog post that mentioned one, but you have to pay for it, so this would be better if it was free.

      I most likely will be getting my laptop today and I will be installing R2 on it so then I can enjoy it too!

      Hi. I believe this utility to be freeware. PCWorld.com review it on their site, and it says it’s free. Here is the link: http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,79170-order,3/reviews.html

      WinBubble also works in Server 2008 R2. It’s a neat little freeware tool that allows some interesting tweaks. It can be downloaded here: http://unlockforus.blogspot.com/2007/11/winbubbles-features-gap.html

      I hope you enjoy Server 2008 as much as I have been. Happy computing 😀

    • #59351
      AvatarAnonymous

      using R1 and loving it more that I found out about windows system resource manager! 😈

    • #49540

      using R1 and loving it more that I found out about windows system resource manager! 😈

    • #49541

      I’m currently installing R2 eval in VirtualBox. I’ll take a look at that tweaking program later.

    • #59352
      AvatarAnonymous

      I’m currently installing R2 eval in VirtualBox. I’ll take a look at that tweaking program later.

    • #49542

      Why only in VM?? Not ready for the commitment? I’m not ready for R2 ether. Using R1 but loving it. I don’t want to switch codebases too much. I wanna stay at vista for development purposes and also There are some removed features that irk me:

      The number of combined taskbar windows is not calculated and shown next to the combined buttons.-WHY????????!!!!!

      Windows Media Player’s taskbar-integrated Mini-player (replaced with the new Jump list feature)-jumplist is inferior to miniplayer!!

      The size of any selected item and free disk space are not shown on the status bar.

      The location (zone) where the files reside such as Intranet, Computer etc is not shown in the status bar.

      The Share overlay icon for shared items in Explorer has been removed. [7]

      [edit] Windows Media Player features
      Advanced Tag Editor
      Color Chooser
      *The color and overall look for WMP 12 is boring and lacks the transperant frame at the bottom and the look does not have enough contrast between menu items and such. the style looks thrown together

    • #59353
      AvatarAnonymous

      Why only in VM?? Not ready for the commitment? I’m not ready for R2 ether. Using R1 but loving it. I don’t want to switch codebases too much. I wanna stay at vista for development purposes and also There are some removed features that irk me:

      The number of combined taskbar windows is not calculated and shown next to the combined buttons.-WHY????????!!!!!

      Windows Media Player’s taskbar-integrated Mini-player (replaced with the new Jump list feature)-jumplist is inferior to miniplayer!!

      The size of any selected item and free disk space are not shown on the status bar.

      The location (zone) where the files reside such as Intranet, Computer etc is not shown in the status bar.

      The Share overlay icon for shared items in Explorer has been removed. [7]

      [edit] Windows Media Player features
      Advanced Tag Editor
      Color Chooser
      *The color and overall look for WMP 12 is boring and lacks the transperant frame at the bottom and the look does not have enough contrast between menu items and such. the style looks thrown together

    • #49543

      Also it’s a pain to get to the EQ location in WMP12. I will write a guide on how to get WMP11 back onto R2. I prefer that player much better. The new WMP12 seems babied down for the home theater buff people who want it dumbed down like a tv. ewww.

      ( had to post this seperatly becuase the typing window jumps around after you put too much in it for some reason)

    • #59354
      AvatarAnonymous

      Also it’s a pain to get to the EQ location in WMP12. I will write a guide on how to get WMP11 back onto R2. I prefer that player much better. The new WMP12 seems babied down for the home theater buff people who want it dumbed down like a tv. ewww.

      ( had to post this seperatly becuase the typing window jumps around after you put too much in it for some reason)

    • #49544

      @RemixedCat wrote:

      Why only in VM?? Not ready for the commitment? I’m not ready for R2 ether. Using R1 but loving it. I don’t want to switch codebases too much. I wanna stay at vista for development purposes and also There are some removed features that irk me:

      I just don’t have much time at the moment to use it full time so I put it in a VM to play around with for now. Maybe by the time the trial expires I may move it (then again, I’ll have Windows 7 installed too), so I’ll have to triple-boot if I want to keep Vista.

      The number of combined taskbar windows is not calculated and shown next to the combined buttons.-WHY????????!!!!!

      Milestone 2 did.. not very useful anymore. 😕

      Windows Media Player’s taskbar-integrated Mini-player (replaced with the new Jump list feature)-jumplist is inferior to miniplayer!!

      I haven’t tested out WMP yet. and my VM reverted to the first boot snapshot so I have to re-enable the Desktop Experience 🙄

      @RemixedCat wrote:

      Also it’s a pain to get to the EQ location in WMP12. I will write a guide on how to get WMP11 back onto R2. I prefer that player much better. The new WMP12 seems babied down for the home theater buff people who want it dumbed down like a tv. ewww.

      I like WMP 10 😆
      But I still prefer iTunes because it has all my music in it.

      ( had to post this seperatly becuase the typing window jumps around after you put too much in it for some reason)

      Strange, I’ve made [localurl=viewtopic.php?f=21&t=969:kva5nerm]longer posts[/localurl:kva5nerm] than that and it didn’t bother me, I just split the posts so I could make a table of contents because I don’t know if the [anchor] tags work on these forums, although Arris had to fix the table of contents because it wouldn’t let me use the [localurl] tags twice like I had tried.

    • #59355
      AvatarAnonymous

      @RemixedCat wrote:

      Why only in VM?? Not ready for the commitment? I’m not ready for R2 ether. Using R1 but loving it. I don’t want to switch codebases too much. I wanna stay at vista for development purposes and also There are some removed features that irk me:

      I just don’t have much time at the moment to use it full time so I put it in a VM to play around with for now. Maybe by the time the trial expires I may move it (then again, I’ll have Windows 7 installed too), so I’ll have to triple-boot if I want to keep Vista.

      The number of combined taskbar windows is not calculated and shown next to the combined buttons.-WHY????????!!!!!

      Milestone 2 did.. not very useful anymore. 😕

      Windows Media Player’s taskbar-integrated Mini-player (replaced with the new Jump list feature)-jumplist is inferior to miniplayer!!

      I haven’t tested out WMP yet. and my VM reverted to the first boot snapshot so I have to re-enable the Desktop Experience 🙄

      @RemixedCat wrote:

      Also it’s a pain to get to the EQ location in WMP12. I will write a guide on how to get WMP11 back onto R2. I prefer that player much better. The new WMP12 seems babied down for the home theater buff people who want it dumbed down like a tv. ewww.

      I like WMP 10 😆
      But I still prefer iTunes because it has all my music in it.

      ( had to post this seperatly becuase the typing window jumps around after you put too much in it for some reason)

      Strange, I’ve made [localurl=viewtopic.php?f=21&t=969:kva5nerm]longer posts[/localurl:kva5nerm] than that and it didn’t bother me, I just split the posts so I could make a table of contents because I don’t know if the [anchor] tags work on these forums, although Arris had to fix the table of contents because it wouldn’t let me use the [localurl] tags twice like I had tried.

    • #49545

      Those issues may be ok to live without, however I think software is getting babied down too much and the soccer moms who use a computer for the first time are getting intimidated by the features instead of learning them and appreciating them. They want too much features removed becuase they are too dumb to learn those features and master technology. If they want thier stuff featureless they can use a mac and let us windows users have our customization.

      People can’t get used to babied down stuff or the problem will get worse. If you just suck up and get used to it you are enabling other peoples stupidity. I would voice your concerns with the software companies. However it may be too late with 7/R2 but you’d never know what SP1 would bring 😀

      Just liek my parents GPS unit. They are having a frustrating time with it all the time. Thye told me it;s so hard to use and everything…

      I picked it right up like nothing, even doing advanced things on it and setting up a multiroute when they couldn’t even make it to the manuver list. I found everything ok but they were freaking out about it alot.

    • #59356
      AvatarAnonymous

      Those issues may be ok to live without, however I think software is getting babied down too much and the soccer moms who use a computer for the first time are getting intimidated by the features instead of learning them and appreciating them. They want too much features removed becuase they are too dumb to learn those features and master technology. If they want thier stuff featureless they can use a mac and let us windows users have our customization.

      People can’t get used to babied down stuff or the problem will get worse. If you just suck up and get used to it you are enabling other peoples stupidity. I would voice your concerns with the software companies. However it may be too late with 7/R2 but you’d never know what SP1 would bring 😀

      Just liek my parents GPS unit. They are having a frustrating time with it all the time. Thye told me it;s so hard to use and everything…

      I picked it right up like nothing, even doing advanced things on it and setting up a multiroute when they couldn’t even make it to the manuver list. I found everything ok but they were freaking out about it alot.

    • #49546

      Same happens here, I think that the younger generation “have it in our blood” — that or our parents just don’t understand it.

      I’ve tried Damn Small Linux and Puppy Linux but I didn’t really like them (slow comp with VMs 😆 ) But I may get some sort of *ubuntu “just for fun”

      I just send MS my suggestions via their blogs. But I think R2 has a feedback link in the “Initial Config” screen.

    • #59357
      AvatarAnonymous

      Same happens here, I think that the younger generation “have it in our blood” — that or our parents just don’t understand it.

      I’ve tried Damn Small Linux and Puppy Linux but I didn’t really like them (slow comp with VMs 😆 ) But I may get some sort of *ubuntu “just for fun”

      I just send MS my suggestions via their blogs. But I think R2 has a feedback link in the “Initial Config” screen.

    • #59358
      AvatarAnonymous

      much yesh to that! 😛

      I;m even getting into 3d modelling and I find it fun!

      I get into the most advanced things and I love it.

      I just love being a geek chick….. I think more chicks should get into computers! It’s sooooo rare to find a female to geek out with! We’re like an endangered species.

    • #49547

      much yesh to that! 😛

      I;m even getting into 3d modelling and I find it fun!

      I get into the most advanced things and I love it.

      I just love being a geek chick….. I think more chicks should get into computers! It’s sooooo rare to find a female to geek out with! We’re like an endangered species.

    • #59359
      AvatarAnonymous

      Sometimes it’s hard to find other guys who are interested in computers too 😆

      I am playing around with the 2D Visual Basic 6 RPG Engine VbGORE just to see if I like programming (and graphic design). I know basic HTML but that’s boring. I had originally learned HTML from playing with webpages, so I am trying with VB 6 at the moment

    • #49548

      Sometimes it’s hard to find other guys who are interested in computers too 😆

      I am playing around with the 2D Visual Basic 6 RPG Engine VbGORE just to see if I like programming (and graphic design). I know basic HTML but that’s boring. I had originally learned HTML from playing with webpages, so I am trying with VB 6 at the moment

    • #43817

      I could not wait for Microsoft to offer Server 2008 R2 on Dreamspark, so I downloaded the 180 day evaluation ISO, shrunk a storage volume and installed it. I now have a triple boot setup with XP, Vista and now Server 2008 R2. I did this so I could try out Server 2008 R2 without loosing my main operating system, Vista, until Server 2008 R2 is offered on Dreamspark, when I will then use Server 2008 R2 as my main workstation operating system.

      I have installed most of the Windows 7 addons, available in these forums, and they all worked like a charm. Just make sure you have set UAC to the minimum level and rebooted first, and run them as an Administrator, otherwise they may not install.

      I had trouble installing a Windows 7 Beta driver in MSI form from M-Audio for the Delta 1010 on a server os, but after using the automatic MSI file check remover utility, found here http://www.win2008workstation.com/win2008/installing-unreal-tournament-3 the driver installed fine.

      I like to organise the Start Menu All Programs Folders according to application types. For example, I put applications like Notepad and Wordpad in a folder called ‘Publishing’, Calculator and DOS prompt in a folder called ‘Tools’, etc. I find this keeps the Start Menu All Programs folders organised and tidy. If you are like me and want to organise your Start Menu in a similar fashion in Windows Server 2008 R2, you can access the Start Menu folder in: C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms. You will have to select ‘Show hidden files and folders‘ in Windows Explorer to see it. Third-party applications may not show up here, but you can drag their Start Menu shortcuts into any folders you create. I found this useful freeware utility called “CSMenu v0.9 by Thomas Wormald” that restores the Classic Start Menu in Windows 7. I have not tried this in Server 2008 R2 yet, but attached at to this post for you to try if you want the classic start menu.

      So far, I am really enjoying Server 2008 R2 as a workstation. The Taskbar features are great and make it real easy navigating around and opening recently closed or amended files. If you are yet to try out Server 2008 R2 as a workstation I recommend it, and I can’t wait to install it as my main workstation operating system.

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