XP pro to sever code visa versa

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Turn Win XP Pro into server, vice versa

Found this article over at the Register. Don't know how trustworthy it is, but it seems legit enough. Anyways, it's a neat little registry tweak some of you guys might want to try out!

Author: John Lettice
Posted: 25/03/2002 at 12:16 GMT

3am's free download of the routine has been pulled "due to legal considerations," but at time of writing was still being hosted by ADTW, which presumably either hasn't had a take-down notice yet, or is ignoring one. 3am is still running a description of the operation of the routine here, where it is modestly described as "a quick and dirty hack" which backs up the system hive of the registry, edits and then restores it. The sole purpose for the creation of the software, according to the readme, is to demonstrate that Windows workstation and server operating systems share the same binaries, and that the only difference lies in the registry.

There are some links you'll have to go to try and download the right program, or a link telling you how to hack the registry, but be warning it can seriously mess up your computer.

Has anyone else noticed that traffic has slowed down considerably the past couple of days??? Or is it just me? :)


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Re: Turn Win XP Pro into server, vice versa

Kewl... One thing I don't get though, why bother switching when you can install another copy of the same OS? I guess this shows how similar Windows OS are :D

And yes, I agree with ya Super. Traffic has gone down considerably since Sunday. Not sure why; but I do know that today is a REALLY slow news day :(


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Just noticed this over at Inquirer:

W2K workstation "same as" W2K Pro
By Mike Magee, 28/03/2002 11:05:22 BST

A REPORT ON W2K News claims that a small tool will convert Windows 2000 Workstation version to Windows 2000 server.

According to the report, the miraculous transformation scheme happens when you run a tool called NT Switch.

The newsletter says that it has tested the utility on a number of machines and the miracle was accomplished.

The editor of the newsletter said that it "totally trashes" Windows XP, but does allover over 10 connections.

It's amazing what a small tool can do.. :D


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Originally posted by ontguy
Microsoft is denying the claims of this tweak.

Check this article out:

I would agree with the article. The resources aren't there, fooling the registry may allow for some functionality, but not all.
They should be denying this. If MS admit that they're the same codebase and things can be changed with a few tweaks, they'll be in a whole lotta trouble. They'll be making a LOT less money from the server editions of their OS and perhaps there could be another lawsuit.. Hehe..
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