I wonder if you can help me I have an old laptop running vista which is no longer needed so I was wondering about turning it into a server.
as I am at uni I can get a copy of windows server 2008 and 2012r2.
is it possible to do this as I would it would be really great
*".......... I can get a copy of windows server 2008 and 2012r2........
is it possible to do this......."*
The system requirements are surprisingly modest, so yes, it is possible.
thanks how is their any were i can get the information to do it
"..were i can get the information to do it"
To do what exactly? What are you hoping to achieve with Windows Server?
to act as a file server and also so stream music and and films about the house ideally as well to be able to use it in some form as a cloud sever while i am out and about
Windows server simply isn't designed for home use like that. If you want a file and media server, simply use your Vista laptop as it is and share the files which can then be accessed/streamed on-demand via your regular home network.
the only problem using Vista is it wont work with Windows 7 or windows 8.1
"............using Vista is it wont work with Windows 7 or windows 8.1"
Vista's (and XP's) sharing of media files and regular files will work with Windows 7 & 8.1. Have a read here and here.
This link tells you how to share media on a network using Windows Media Player.
thank you for your advice so far but it still leaves the issue of access files away from home and using my laptop as a cloud server
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