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Posted · Original PosterOP

I am looking to rebuild my HTPC soon and I don't know which OS I should choose. The machine has a Core i5-4430, 8GB RAM, Radeon HD 6870 (this can change, I have a couple other cards I can use, or I can use the integrated graphics), 1TB HDD and a 2TB HDD. The OS will be installed on the 1TB drive (a WD Blue). I know I should use an SSD, but I don't have any spare drives. This machine will also be on 24/7 as my Plex server. I am considering using Windows Server 2019, but I don't know if I should go for 2012 R2 or 2016 instead. Any insight? Thanks.

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5 minutes ago, Lenovo1984 said:

The OS will be installed on the 1TB drive (a WD Blue). I know I should use an SSD, but I don't have any spare drives. This machine will also be on 24/7 as my Plex server.

I would not worry about getting an SSD for the OS if its going to be on 24/7. imo.

5 minutes ago, Lenovo1984 said:

 I am considering using Windows Server 2019, but I don't know if I should go for 2012 R2 or 2016 instead. Any insight? Thanks.

At this point my recommendation would be price, server licenses are not cheap, 2012 R2 is still fairly relevant. But then again I have not recent experience with server OS so I might be the best one to recommend.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, SansVarnic said:

I would not worry about getting an SSD for the OS if it going to be on 24/7. imo.

At this point my recommendation would be price, server licenses are not cheap, 2012 R2 is still fairly relevant. But then again I have not recent experience with server OS so I might be the best one to recommend.

I probably should have added that I don't care about price. I run evaluation copies from Microsoft (180 days), and after that I either reinstall or just deal with having a non-activated copy of Windows. 

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4 minutes ago, Lenovo1984 said:

I probably should have added that I don't care about price. I run evaluation copies from Microsoft (180 days), and after that I either reinstall or just deal with having a non-activated copy of Windows. 

Windows 10 LTSC gets my vote, I run it on everything.


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1 minute ago, SenKa said:

Windows 10 LTSC gets my vote, I run it on everything.

That sounds interesting. Any ideas on how the performance is on a mechanical drive? I haven't had great experiences with Windows 10 on mechanical drives in the past. 

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3 minutes ago, SenKa said:

Windows 10 LTSC gets my vote, I run it on everything.

Ehh I'd just run regular enterprise. It feels like what pro was supposed to be

 

Stuff is broken in LTSC with the removal of basically all uwp applications 

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2 minutes ago, iamdarkyoshi said:

Ehh I'd just run regular enterprise. It feels like what pro was supposed to be

 

Stuff is broken in LTSC with the removal of basically all uwp applications 

How do you get an enterprise key?

I can only see option to buy home/pro/workstation, but not enterprise.

 

I currently run the school provided enterprise key, but when it runs out i want to replace it with my own, not win 10 pro.

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13 minutes ago, Lenovo1984 said:

That sounds interesting. Any ideas on how the performance is on a mechanical drive? I haven't had great experiences with Windows 10 on mechanical drives in the past. 

Same as all Windows 10, I can't really speak to it as I run SSD's in all my systems. I have never had issues with W10 on mechanical drives, however.


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17 minutes ago, iamdarkyoshi said:

Ehh I'd just run regular enterprise. It feels like what pro was supposed to be

 

Stuff is broken in LTSC with the removal of basically all uwp applications 

All I have noticed is the game bar being gone, which is a blessing IMO.

 

What else is broken, if I may?


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Posted · Original PosterOP

So after thinking about it, I decided to use Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. I have had good luck in the past with it, so I have decided to give it a go on this system and see how it does. 

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On 9/24/2019 at 12:22 PM, Lenovo1984 said:

Any insight? Thanks.

Ubuntu Linux. Its what I use for my Plex server. Who know what? It doesnt randomly restart like Windows 10 did, when Im trying to record a show. 

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