windows server2003 installation

December 7, 2010 at 08:42:12
Specs: Windows 7, i3/3GB
Hi I have windows 7 home preinstalled on my sony vaio. I want to install windows server 2003 on a partition that i created. when i run the cd from within windows 7, install option is grayed out. when i boot it from cd, it gives an error about corrupt hard disk. i ran diagnostics, virus scans and found nothing. in one of the forums i found out that i need to install SATA drivers which comes preinstalled on the already existing OS. i have downloaded the drivers but when i hit F6 during installation to install the drivers, it asks only for drive A- floppy disk drive, which my laptop doesnt have. I badly need to install server 2003 and 2003 version only for my practice of SAP. any help would be greatly apreciated.


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December 7, 2010 at 08:48:08
Have you tired installing it as a virtual OS using virtual PC. it allows you to use your windows 7 and have server 2003 on the same screen.

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December 7, 2010 at 08:52:09
i tried vmware but it didnt work out for me as its slowing down the system badly when i run SAP.

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December 7, 2010 at 11:11:20
no matter what you do running sap will slow your system down.

A VM is the way to go. Allocate 2gig of ram to the vm and you should be fine.

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December 7, 2010 at 11:52:30
tried that already. i have 3 gigs of Ram, allocated 2 gigs to vm. the problem is when i run sap, memory is running at 97% and it takes more than 5mins to open a single window. vm itself takes more system resources, running sap on top of tha,t which requires even more resources was proven useless for me. i need a way to install server2003 as dual boot.

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