turning a laptop into a server

  frostypants 21:26 15 Dec 2013

Hi All, 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

many thanks

  Secret-Squirrel 08:27 18 Dec 2013

*".......... 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.

  frostypants 15:35 27 Dec 2013

thanks how is their any were i can get the information to do it

  Secret-Squirrel 09:10 28 Dec 2013

"..were i can get the information to do it"

To do what exactly? What are you hoping to achieve with Windows Server?

  frostypants 12:19 28 Dec 2013

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

  Secret-Squirrel 15:53 28 Dec 2013

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.

  frostypants 19:29 28 Dec 2013

the only problem using Vista is it wont work with Windows 7 or windows 8.1

  Secret-Squirrel 20:29 28 Dec 2013

"............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.

  frostypants 20:56 29 Dec 2013

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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