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We had a couple of computers donated to our Food Bank and upon reviewing their programming I found that they were actually servers. Can I convert these to Windows 10? Thanks for any help you all may be able to offer.
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I think you are asking if you can take a server and use it as a desktop machine, and the answer is "Yes".
I am not sure what is the best way to do that, but if it were me I think I would wipe the hard drive and then install Windows 10 as if it was a new machine.
But if the server has windows I think you could also just use it as is, depending on what version it is. I used to user server software on PCs I had for desktops years ago and they work just find for most things.
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