Don’t want to drop the money on a Windows 7 license and have a .edu email address? For sometime you have been able to get the latest and greatest Microsoft Server operating system, here:
Next up, you can enable the full desktop experience by following the steps in this photo gallery:
For a long time, this was a great money saving idea but you had to run without an antivirus. The latest version of the awesome, free Microsoft Security Essentials installs just fine in Server 2008 R2 (tested myself!), visit this address from the server itself after you have installed the OS:
Now you are set! Given it has the same “kernel” as Windows 7, you’ll be able install video drivers and games without issue. This wasn’t true for Server 2003.