Off Topic: Zune On Windows Server 2008 R2

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I try not to post off-topic stuff too often, but this is kind of related to my CRM demo laptop configuration so there is a link. As I mentioned in my earlier post I have made the move from Windows 7 to Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V for my CRM 2011 demo environment. Although great for demos, there is some software that was not designed to run on a server.

I have been a Zune user for a couple of years now, primarily because of the custom Wolfson DAC chipset which, combined with the lossless WMA audio that I use with all my music and my high-end Westone UM2 In-Ear Monitors, delivers hi-fi quality music on the move (I am pretty anal when it comes to my music listening standards). Unfortunately, the Zune software is only supported on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, and will not install on Windows Server 2008 R2…or so I thought.

Zune Logo

I just came across this post, which has a couple of simple steps that will bypass the OS check during installation of the Zune software, and has allowed me to combine my CRM 2011 and Zune passions. Oh happy days 🙂

How to install Zune software on Windows 2008 R2

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Comments (4)

  1. Jonathan Rowley says:

    Hi Simon,

    Keep up the blogging – I've put a feed onto our internal team site.

    I'm also one of the few UK fans of Zune – I bought 4 of them when they came out in 07 and still have 3 of them running Brown / Black and White!



  2. Simon Hutson says:

    Hi Jonathan, I just got a new HTC Mozart as part of the Windows Mobile 7 rollout here at Microsoft, so I decided to compare the sound quality from my Zune 4GB and the Zune software running on the phone. As I suspected, the phone doesn't even come close to the sound quality of the Zune. I guess I'll just have to wait for someone to produce a WP7 device for audiophiles, equiped with top-end DACs.

  3. Awesome! Thanks. says:

    Microsoft – you need to support your server OS!!!

    Zune, Windows Phone 7 development…


  4. Simon Hutson says:

    I understand your sentiment, but my preferred option would be for a Desktop OS (such as Windows 7) to support 64-bit virtual guests. I wouldn't need to run Server 2008 R2 as my day-to-day OS.

    Windows 8 anyone???

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