Earl bought an HP Windows Home Server and now that it's not supported by Microsoft anymore, he wants to know if he can convert it to a media server. Leo says sure! Just because Microsoft doesn't support Windows Home server doesn't mean it won't work anymore. It's fairly straight forward to set up. The real challenge will be digitizing everything. Once it's all digitized, it can be stored and made available by all computers on Earl's network. Paul Thurrott of winsupersite.com was a huge fan of Windows Home Server.
Windows Home Server
Leo says it shouldn't be an issue to keep running it since Microsoft will continue to support it for awhile. Windows 8 will have many of the same features, too. This will be less important as time goes on, because in the future he'll be storing everything in the cloud.
He could get Microsoft's Server 2012, which has most of the same features. Windows 8 also has many of the same features. It depends on what his needs are exactly because there are a number of open source alternatives. Leo recommends keeping up with Paul Thurrott's WinSuperSite.com and listening to Windows Weekly on TWiT.tv. He'll be looking for replacements for Windows Home Server since he really liked that product too.
Theo says he has a 64 bit processor and he's running 32 bit Windows, and thinks that might have something to do with it. Leo says it shouldn't matter that he's using a 32 bit version of Windows on a 64 bit processor. All processors are 64 bit and can run 32 bit operating systems. Theo says whenever he initiates the setup for Windows Home Server, it tells him the version he's trying to install isn't compatible with the version of Windows he's running.