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On a client OS like Windows XP/Vista/7, I can change my display orientation using CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW (UP, DOWN, and RIGHT also work).

When I try this on Windows Server 2003 R2, nothing happens. Is it just not supported on the Server OS line? Does it depend entirely on the graphics processor?

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When you rotate the display on your Windows XP / Vista / 7 machine you're seeing a feature of your video driver, not of the OS itself.

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Evan is incorrect about it not being in the OS.

I have two PCs in my office. One has Win7. In the Screen Resoluion dialog, you can change the orientation between the following values: Landscape, Portrait, Landscape (Flipped), Portrait (Flipped).

On my other box, I could do the same when Win7 was installed. But now that Server 2008 R2 is on it (same PC/video card), that orientation option is not there any longer. Wish it was, because this PC's monitor is a non-wide-screen 22" that can flip clockwise.

Any suggestions of a fix. I turned on the Windows Experience feature, but the orientation option still doesn't show.

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