I doubt its faster....W2k3 Server, i assume acts like every other server OS ever made and runs a bunch of processes and services you dont need that will slow you down. Servers are resource hogs. I would bet you could run much faster on xp.
Bad idea gaming on Win2k3 server. The only reason why it appears to run faster than XP is because most of the services not essential to the functioning of the server are disabled. However, most of these services would be required for gaming anyways, which would effectively slow down the system anyways. For example, AFAIK, Server 2003 disables the Windows Audio Service (which is responsible for playing all your sounds). Also, DirectX is not installed by default, which is pretty much a necessity if you're planning to use it for gaming.
Besides, Win2k3 costs a LOT more than XP does, and any trial versions that you get will expire after 180 days.
Bottom line: Use XP. It's designed to be a home-user OS. If you really want to free up memory etc, you could check out BlackViper's guide on disabling uneccessary services. Be careful with that though. You don't want to disable anything you need.
You mean Terminal Services? If you configure XP properly you can just about accomplish the same thing. Remote Desktop in XP is just a slimed down version of Terminal Services. It's even listed as Terminal Services in the registry and in Group Policies.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS