Wednesday 4 April 2012

Installing Zune for WP7 on Windows 2008 R2 SP1

I recently upgraded my workstation to Windows 2008 R2 to take advantage of HyperV and to get to know it better. In doing so I resolved all the usual issues with a Server OS by installing the Desktop Experience a few selected drivers. However I could not install Zune to sync my Windows Phone 7. NOT COOL MAN!

Luckily there are some how to guides on the internet that showed how to get past this block, unfortunately they were all pretty old and the Zune installer has changed since this information was made public.

So, here is the latest guide on installing Zune onto Windows 2008 R2 SP1. This is current for Zune release 4.8.2345.0 and is the current Zune download as of April 2012.

1. Download Zune, once you have downloaded the package, open a command prompt and unpackage the exe with /x

2. Once unpackaged you should see a directory structure like so

3. Locate the relevant install package for you, in my case I am running the 64bit version of Windows 2008 R2 so I selected the x64 directory. From here locate the package folder, and within this is 'zune-x64.msi'. Run this msi file from an elevated command prompt. Notice it is running as administrator. To do this simply right click command and select 'Run as Administrator'

4. Once this is done, Zune will be installed! However... I found that my Windows Phone 7 would not connect to Zune. To remedy this we also need to install another msi file. 'Zunewmdu-x64.msi'

5. You may or may not have to reboot. I didn't have too, once the above msi file was installed I connected my Windows Phone 7 and...


Take Care

Oliver Moazzezi MVP - Exchange Server


Anonymous said...

My god. You sir are my hero. I had messed with this in I can't tell you how many different ways. I was in the middle of trying to setup an APP-V Server to try streaming the zune app to my server to try making this work and then I stumbled on your blog.

You just made my day.


Oliver Moazzezi said...

Hey Rob,

No problem glad I could be of help! Apologies for taking such a long time to respond - we lost our moderator of comments which was only just resolved yesterday so I am catching up!