OK, so installing Windows Server 2008 on a laptop isn’t such a big feat, but getting all the drivers working apparently is. I have a new Dell Latitude E6510 laptop and I wanted to install Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit on it as the second operating system, mainly for work. The laptop originally came with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and I figured the driver CD should provide all the required drivers for Windows Server 2008 as well. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Every time I try to install a driver, more often that not, I get an error telling me that either the said device isn’t detected, or that the Windows version is wrong.
After spending some time googling for a solution, I came across a small guide that helped me solve the problem. However, this guide requires you to have a copy of Windows already installed on a separate partition. Since my Dell laptop already came with Windows 7 Professional, and I already installed Windows Server 2008 R2 on a separate partition, my laptop fitted the profile. So here’s how to do it;