Does anyone know if home server software is available in the shops? I know you can buy the HP server with it on for around £400, but i have a computer that i could install it on

What kind of server do you need?

You can buy a whole server operating system and start from scratch if you need something serious, or install a third party application on top of an existing operating system.

If you have a good mind for compuers and want to build a high-functionality server I'd suggest playing with linux, a server version of any mainstream linux distrobution will be free and have all the tools you'd need included.

If you want something a little more straight forward (for network file and web serrver) I'd suggest using windows built in file sharing and a third party application for the web server. I use XAAMP (, it's a great open source (free) web server powered by apache or faststream IQweb/ftp server ( which is also free for small personal sites with a paid version for busy/commercial servers.

Faststream is very easy and user friendly, but I'd suggest Xampp or a real linux server if you want a little more control/power.