Windows Server 2008 as a Workstation

Windows Server 2008 as a Workstation

Windows Server 2008 is the most advanced Windows Server operating system yet, designed to power the next-generation of networks, applications, and Web services. With Windows Server 2008 you can develop, deliver, and manage rich user experiences and applications, provide a highly secure network infrastructure, and increase technological efficiency and value within your organization.

Windows Server 2008 builds on the success and strengths of its Windows Server predecessors while delivering valuable new functionality and powerful improvements to the base operating system. New Web tools, virtualization technologies, security enhancements, and management utilities help save time, reduce costs, and provide a solid foundation for your information technology (IT) infrastructure.

The purpose of creating this guide is to make it short, simple, and to the point! This is the only guide you will find on the Internet that has gone into so much depth. The sections above do not have to be taken in any particular order, but for the full Workstation experience it's recommended you do it step-by-step!

I won't go into too much detail here, besides who loves reading too much? Not many people I bet, so I will go straight to the point in these sections, allowing a quick and easy configuration of your Server to convert it to act like a Workstation!


I'm sure you'll know how to install Windows Server 2008, its basically done the same way as Windows Vista. Let's move on!

Intall now

On the next screen just click Install Now button.

Intall now button

Select your version of Windows Server 2008 (Full Installation) and click Next.

Select Operating System

Select I accept the license terms and click Next.

Accept Terms

Choose the option Custom (advanced).

Type of Installation

Select the harddisk and partition where you want to install Windows Server 2008 and click Next.

Disk Space

Windows Server 2008 now installing.


After installation was finished your computer will restart and you will be prompted to change your password. Changing your password is very important step. Now let's move on to the next section.

Post Setup

You MUST type in a strong password with at least one capital letter and one number, for example Go4msfn, otherwise you will get an error message saying that you doesn’t comply to the security enforcements of the domain. You can disable this strong password enforcement later.

Enter password

 After succesfully changing the password you will see the message that your password has succesfully been changed.

New Password

Click OK. Your desktop will now show up.

Password Changed

The first thing you should do is disable the Server Manager  window, you don't want it nagging you everytime you boot up Windows. Do you?

Disable Server Manager

Now let's move on to the next section, where you will create a new user account.

Creating a New User Account & Autologon

The Welcome Screen is non-existant in Windows Server 2008, so you weren't prompted to make a new user name upon first boot-up. But worry not, its fairly simple to do, as everything in this guide is!

Go to Start -> Run -> and type in control userpasswords2 and press enter. The User Accounts window will appear.

New User Account

Click on Add and then fill in the necessary fields with your User name, Full name, and Description.

Adding New User

Click on Next and fill in both password fields and then click on Next.

New User Password

On the next wizard box choose Other and select Administrators, lastly click on Finish!

If you wish for a more advanced configuration, you can always use lusrmgr.msc by running it from the Run box again.

Choose New User Access

Now that we've set up a personal user account, we want it to autologon. If you don't wish for this feature please skip this step.

Make sure your name is highlighted in the User Accounts window, as shown in the screenshot to the right, and then uncheck the box Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer and then click on Apply.

New User Autologon

If you did it right, you will get another window asking for the password to use for autologon on your account name. Fill in both password fields, and you're ready to go!

New User Account Autologon Password

Now log off and log in with your new account!

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