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:


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

01 Connecting Windows Phone 7 with Windows Server 2008 R2

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:


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.

Comments (1) -

3/2/2012 9:41:42 PM #

Thanks for the tip! Worked as advertized!

Another tip: TO prevent a subsequent error: 80040154, run zunewmdu-x64 (or its x86 equivalent) after the installer. Once both of these are done, the software should be completely installed!

Good Luck!

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