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I game on Advanced Server

Larry Osterman's blog entry about using a server version of Windows as a desktop OS reminds me of a post I once saw on a forum:

A: I'm having trouble running Half Life on my gaming rig. Can anyone help me?

B: Maybe. What OS are you running?

A: Windows 2000 Advanced Server

Hopefully from the Microsoft company store....

Truth be told, it probably should have worked fine. I got NT4 Server as a gift and used to run it as my desktop OS, because for development it was much better than Windows 98. The only real downside, IIRC, was that a whole bunch of programs detected the Server version and refused to run because you were supposed to buy the far more expensive edition (which did pretty much the same thing).


This blog was originally open for comments when this entry was first posted, but was later closed and then removed due to spam and after a migration away from the original blog software. Unfortunately, it would have been a lot of work to reformat the comments to republish them. The author thanks everyone who posted comments and added to the discussion.