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  • in reply to: Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation #51047

      Arris as alway, you’re the go-to man, and you ROCK! This is great news for some that don’t want some of the feature bloat and/or have issues with Windows 7, or just need a Worstation that supports some of Microsoft’s server technology at a much lower price point.

      Now I’ll definately be giving it a whirl as it looks like the real ‘spiritual successor‘ to Server 2003, which is still the watermark for performance on most benchmarks and stability. Foundation could potentially drive new interest in the ‘Server as Worstation‘ venue.with it’s low price.


      in reply to: Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation #51043

        Yes, I read the marketing blurb, it’s right in the link in my post…


        What I don’t get is that my post has seen nearly 300 hits and no one can answer the quesion…


        in reply to: Windows 7 or Windows 2008 Server R2? #48029

          Well ‘performance‘ is relative to what you’re benchmarking; a while back I ran Futuremark’s frame rate benchmarks on x64 editions of: Windows 7 Professional, Server 2003 Web, and Server 2008 R2. Previously I’d done this with Server 2003 Web and XP and found Server 2003 to be substantially faster then Windows XP.

          The results were odd and mixed generally giving Windows 7 small synthetic DirectX 9 and 10 performance leads over the other two Operating Systmes but often results were within the margin of error for the benchmarks. Running real games however was another matter, as Sever 2003 was able to consistently run DirectX 9 games faster then Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2, and running DirectX 10 games Windows 7 was faster then Server 2008 R2…


          in reply to: Games Explorer #48661

            Has anyone tried porting the Game Explorer from Vista to Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, and Windows 7? The reason I as is the Vista Game Explorer has some really nice configuration features left out of the Windows 7 game explorer which also peeved a lot of Vista Consumers that bought Windows 7 as well…



              Thanks, I still wonder if DX9 and 10 games will perform better on the Sever OS’s then they do on the Client as was the case with 2003 vs XP…

              I’m not sure what you mean by ‘sleep‘ mode but if you mean Hibernate, I think the same method should work as with the other OS’s and you can just create a shortcut with:

              rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Hibernate

              …for the ‘location‘ and name it and name it “Hibernate“. Now that I think of it I seem to recall reading they changed the Hybernate parameter to Sleep in Vista, so you might try that if Hibernate doesn’t work — though most versions of Windows preserve legacy parameters and command line arguments…



                Appreciate the update! Does this build of R2 still have the Vista UI or does it feature the new Windows 7 UI enhancements? Also, have you tried running any 3d applications or games to see how they perform?

                The fact that Server 2003 Web edition not only consistently out performs XP running DirectX 9 applications (and games for those interested), but is so much better behaved — has made it a superb production platform for Game Development…

                I’m hoping there will be a Web edition of R2, and that it will offer similar capability of installing a very clean build environment that offers similar performance and relieability advantages with DirectX 10-11 — Server 2008 SP2 isn’t quite there, and Windows 7 still looks and performs like a bloated Consumer/Idiot OS…


                in reply to: Custom Logonscreen Background #46577

                  Thank you Eun-Hjzjined, that’s exactly the information I was looking for; disappointed of course just like other feller, but that definately settles all my questions.


                  in reply to: Custom Logonscreen Background #46574

                    What I’d really like to be able to do is configure Server 2008 to have a Server 2003 legacy style login screen like this:

                    What I especially like about the legacy login screen is you can change the background color to black, which is seamless with the BIOS POST screen and your desktop (if it’s black too) which is very easy on the eyes (and your flyback transformer if ya have a CRT).

                    The legacy boot option (it is an option in XP and 2003) also appear to boot faster then the incongrous artsy login lash-up..

                    ❓ 😯

                    in reply to: Custom Logonscreen Background #46528

                      So we’d probably need a 64-bit version of the file from Vista to get this to fly on Server 2008 64-bit?


                      in reply to: Custom Logonscreen Background #46527

                        WOOT! πŸ™‚

                        Uhm, cough… I’ma Noob… But what do you edit in this file to change colors? Hmm, found the English version of VistaMaster here, original Chinese version of VistaMaster here in case it has features not in the English version…

                        Haven’t had a chance to try either yet, as my Server 2008 system is offline at the moment, but I’m excited to give it a whirl and/or hear from someone that does if they get to it before I do — especially on the x64 edition!


                        in reply to: Custom Logonscreen Background #46523

                          This one is driving me crazy too; I have a CRT and able to edit load screen colors offers the practical benefit less wear and tear on vulnerable fly-back transformers by avoiding the surges in gain that happen from full field color changes at boot…

                          Server 2003 offered editable registry entries under the key:

                          HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTControl PanelColors

                          Here’s a sample custom boot & shutdown screen color config that use a black background which makes for seamless boot process colors — ie. black from BIOS POST, to startup, and I have my Desktop set to black as well for an easy on the eyes and CRT fly-back transformer boot aesthetic:

                          Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

                          [HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTControl PanelColors]
                          "ActiveBorder"="192 192 192"
                          "ActiveTitle"="0 0 0"
                          "AppWorkSpace"="192 192 192"
                          "Background"="0 0 0"
                          "ButtonAlternateFace"="181 181 181"
                          "ButtonDkShadow"="0 0 0"
                          "ButtonFace"="192 192 192"
                          "ButtonHilight"="255 255 255"
                          "ButtonLight"="192 192 192"
                          "ButtonShadow"="128 128 128"
                          "ButtonText"="0 0 0"
                          "GradientActiveTitle"="0 0 0"
                          "GradientInactiveTitle"="192 192 192"
                          "GrayText"="128 128 128"
                          "Hilight"="0 0 0"
                          "HilightText"="255 255 255"
                          "HotTrackingColor"="0 0 0"
                          "InactiveBorder"="192 192 192"
                          "InactiveTitle"="192 192 192"
                          "InactiveTitleText"="0 0 0"
                          "InfoText"="0 0 0"
                          "InfoWindow"="255 255 225"
                          "Menu"="192 192 192"
                          "MenuText"="0 0 0"
                          "Scrollbar"="192 192 192"
                          "TitleText"="192 192 192"
                          "Window"="192 192 192"
                          "WindowFrame"="0 0 0"
                          "WindowText"="0 0 0"

                          In Server 2003 these keys allow you to change your boot screen and even the ‘legacy‘ menu colors; but adding these settings to the registry doesn’t effect anything in Server 2008…

                          Some have suggested that the boot screen assets are in binary boot files similar to Vista, but looking at the various candidates like ‘winlogon.exe‘ as some have suggested here don’t appear to have the appropriate assets or entries…

                          On another forum some suggested looking at ‘winload.exe.mui‘ but not being too swift with a binary editor I didn’t see anything in that file that looked like load or shutdown screen art assets or settings — maybe someone else could take a look?


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