Connecting Windows Phone 7 with Windows Server 2008 R2

26 November 2011 21:35
At home, I mainly use Windows Server 2008 R2 for development and general use. However, sometimes I find some applications only work with Windows home operating system (such as Windows 7 or Vista). I find this more frustrating when such application are from Microsoft themselves. To connect a Windows Phone 7 device, Zune player needs to be installed. When you attempt to install Zune on Windows Server 2008 R2, you are prompted with the following message: CAN’T INSTALL Zune doesn’t support your current operating system. Supported operating systems: Windows 7 and Windows Vista Windows XP with Service Pack 3 Error code: 0x80070032 To ‘walk round’ this needless limitation, open a command window with ‘Run as Administrator’ option. Assuming you have downloaded Zune setup package to ‘C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads’ run the following command: C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads\ZuneSetupPkg.exe This will extract the contents of Zune. In explorer, navigate to [Package extracted location]\x64\packages and run ‘zune-x64.msi’. Once Zune setup is complete, you will be-able to connect your Windows Phone 7 device to Windows Server 2008 R2.

Remove Windows Phone 7 Device from Zune Account

03 September 2011 23:19
I got my Windows Phone 7 on the second day it was released. Unfortunately due to a few issues, over the past few months I have had to get my Samsung Omnia 7 phone replaced several times. On the sixth time the phone was swapped out, I attempted to connect my Samsung Omnia 7 to Zune Player and Zune refused any downloads from Marketplace. It quickly transpired Windows Phone 7 applications could only be downloaded to up to five phones using the same Windows Live ID. As this was my sixth phone I had to remove a previous device before I could add my current phone. This was annoying as you can only swap out one device every 30 days. I had to wait an entire month before I could download an app to my Windows Phone! To remove a Windows Phone 7 device from your Zune account open Zune Player and Sign in. Navigate to Settings > Account > Computer and Devices. Select the Windows Phone 7 device to remove from the Windows Phone app marketplace list.  

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