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What are the relevant pros and cons, considerations and differences between Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 while choosing an OS for running time sensitive software (not hosting web)?

What would you choose and why?

Please keep the discussion to facts and refrain from subjective opinions.

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    They both share the same code base and I doubt very much the time telling ability of either differs. It's not like they're going to do if(IsClientVersion) { SkewTimeSlightly(); } else { SuperAccurateTime(); } ! Aug 3, 2011 at 20:17
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    Specify "time critical". Do you mean "real time"? Then Windows is not a real time OS. In this case you need an OS designed for that purpose. RTLinux for example. And your software must also be designed for real time. So what software is it?
    – mailq
    Aug 3, 2011 at 20:20
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    @Ben: That is not correct. Windows Server OSes do implement different scheduling algorithms than Desktop OSes. Servers prefer background processes than foreground processes.
    – mailq
    Aug 3, 2011 at 20:25
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    @mailq That's only partly true. It's a matter of default settings, which can be changed. sysdm.cpl->advanced->(Performance)Settings...->Advanced
    – 84104
    Aug 3, 2011 at 21:28
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    @Jonathan - People are downvoting because, as the FAQ states, this site if for PROFESSIONAL sysadmins, and even considering using W7 in a production environment as a server is considered unprofessional by professional sysadmins.
    – Chopper3
    Sep 22, 2011 at 14:44

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Windows 7 isn't a Server OS - End.

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    Yep. Nailed it.
    – MDMarra
    Aug 3, 2011 at 20:19
  • oh... but Why ?
    – Jonathan
    Aug 3, 2011 at 20:42
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    Because... it isn't.
    – womble
    Aug 4, 2011 at 7:13

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