Recently I’ve been assigned to work with servers for a new project that started last month. My supervisor told me to document all the stuff I did so that in the event they need to train a new server administrator in the future, he/she can refer to my documentations and we can get things done quicker. I decided it would be easier for everyone if I made the documentations available on my Wordpress blog, instead of some Word file saved somewhere on the company’s network. At least this way, nothing would get lost.
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;
By default, the ability to change the UI language is only found in the Ultimate version of Windows 7. Those with the misfortune of buying a PC preinstalled with Windows 7 Professional, me included, did not have this ability. I decided that I had to replace the Japanese UI with an English one, and the only way was to hack it. Here’s how I did it;