Well after waiting to download Server 2008 x86 i figured it was time to install it while i wait for a ISO of Vista with SP1 slipstreamed into it. *So i went ahead and installed Server 2008. *At first it went great. *Install took less than a half an hour. *Which i was not expecting at all. *Even Vista does not install that fast for me.
So after i got Vista installed i get the Server Management screen up. *Not expecting it when i first logon to Server 08 as i havent used a Server OS as a main OS before. *But i get around that and start looking at the OS itself. *No bells no whistles no surprise. *So i go thru the Extra features on the Server Management screen and see Desktop Experience and Audio/Video Experience. *So i install them.
REboot and get back into Server 08. *Okay. *So i see that Aero can be used. *But it says that the Themes Service is not running. *Wha? *So i go into Services and start it up and get it running full time. *Then apply the Aero theme. *Oh yeah. *It runs Aero. Like a champ. *Does not have all teh fancy stuff when dragging a window from what i can find. *No big deal.
So i go about trying to get on the Web. *Need Video Drivers and Audio Drivers. *Open IE7 and it runs at a extremely high security level. *No site that is not in your trusted list can be seen. *So i open my Computer files up and install not only Opera but Firefox so i dont have to add every Windows site to get stuff.
So get my drivers and restart again. *Nice so far. *Boots up fast and runs real smooth. *Aero is working and sound is now operational. *Got my Video drivers so i can use my Dual Screens. *Setup just about every app i can think of that i have saved on my Computer already. *Get Zune running to listen to music and so on.
Decide it is time to check WU for anything. *Of course nothing. *Big shock. *But i see i have 3 days to activate. *Big whoop. *Click to activate it says the serial is invalid. *Wha? *then i remember that the install did not ask me for a serial. *Which i found odd. *So i click to change the serial and install my own. *It takes it and activates.
Now it jsut comes down to fine tuning of Server 08. *But so far i am thinking this is what Vista should have been. *It is great. *Fast stable and reliable. *So i just took a quick shot of the System Properties screen. *Kinda weird to see it labeled with SP1....