Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 Server + Zune

One of the new things about Windows Phone 7 is that there’s no more ActiveSync or  Windows Mobile Device Centre (thank goodness – WMDC worked intermittently for me at best). Instead it uses Zune, which is cool because Microsoft are finally acknowledging that people are looking for phones which do more than carry data and make calls. It’s also cool because Zune is not bloatware – it just does what it’s supposed to. The interface is soooo much better than Windows Media Player. Did anyone try to use WMP on their Windows Mobile 6.x? It was disgusting and embarrassing.

Problem is… how do you get the blasted thing running on Windows 2008? You have to – it’s the only practical, mobile-data-allowance friendly way to get music, videos and podcasts onto the mobile… but as soon as you fire it up, it says “Sorry – only for XP 32, Vista and Win 7 32 or 64-bit”… and it doesn’t matter how nice the mobile is, I’m not repaving my system with a new OS just to use a phone (Although I did think about it for a split-second Smile).

The solution’s an easy one – The install’s an executable CAB or something – crack it open using your favourite decompression tool (I use WinRAR), navigate into the packages folder and run the file called Zune-x64.msi. Installs without a hiccup… then connect your phone and it’ll set up the proper drivers for you (and ask for a reboot), then you’re done!


About Brad Saide

I'm a SharePoint consultant. I'm also slowly going bald, seem to have a permanent spare tyre around my waist and enjoy socialising with friends over a beer or 10. The last 2 may possibly be related. Started working with SharePoint when the first version was in limited beta release (participated in the Technology Adoption Program while at Woolworths) and have been committed to the adoption of the technology as a business enabler ever since.
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