Can I Run Normal Windows Program On Server?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by hansg234, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. hansg234

    hansg234 MDL Novice

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    Hello

    Sorry for this newbie question. I have a normal Windows desktop program on my notebook (Windows 7) but my notebook and Internet connection is too slow to run it so I thought if I can rent a Windows server and let it run there. Is that possible?

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  2. xscess

    xscess MDL Senior Member

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    Most likely, yes.

    Most likely, yes. Though it would depend on the program.

    On a related note there are many that uses Windows Server as their workstation/desktop OS.

    Though as you have mentioned, you wanna "rent" it, so most likely in a cloud or something... here's an MDL thread i've found on how to convert Windows Server 2012 R2 as a workstation:

    Microsoft Server Converter 2012 R2 - v.1: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/48725-MICROSOFT-SERVER-CONVERTER-2012-R2-v-1
     
  3. cocachris89

    cocachris89 MDL Senior Member

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    Short answer; yes.

    Long answer; no. Mainly security reasons.
     
  4. hansg234

    hansg234 MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the help
     
  5. kubato

    kubato MDL Member

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    I have found that you can run any program provided it was never released in a server version.
    For example, Ccleaner will work because they never made a server based version. Whereas, Raxco Perfect disk will not work because they made a server based aka more expensive edition.
    All of the above answers by others are mostly correct but, I can easily use this method to find if a program will work on a server. If you are interested in a program that works fine on you PC/ non server, then check if they make the same software for servers.
    Basically, if you try to install and it says you must have a server version, then you will have to pay up.... for the more expensive version.