Zune 4.0 – Installing Zune software without checking for windows updates or without an internet connection

   Posted by Jimmy Selix in Zune

Microsoft’s Zune software is a very good media player and the latest 4.0 update really adds some nice features.  However, as with most Microsoft products, the Zune installer will check to see if your Windows Updates are enabled and then continue installing.  This check prevents corporate or offline users the ability to install the new Zune 4.0 software.

Most corporate networks have policies setup to PREVENT Windows Updates from running since updates can break corporate/enterprise setups.

This recipe will explain how to install the Zune 4.0 software without checking for Windows Updates or for those without an internet connection.  This does require having either Winzip (not free, get trial here) or 7z (free, get here) installed.

1. Download the Zune 4.0 software from Microsoft’s Zune Page to a folder on your desktop.

2. Once the .exe file is download, right-click on the file and go to either the Winzip or 7zip context menu and then choose Extract to “zunesetuppkg-x86\”

3. Once extracted, go to that new folder, zunesetuppkg-x86 and then go into the packages folder.

2. In here, you will see 3 .msi files; Zune-es.msi , Zune-fr.msi, and Zune-x86.msi.

3. Run the Zune-x86.msi and this will start the Zune 4.0 installer.  By running the .msi directly, it should not check to see if windows updates are enabled and should not check for any updates either (allowing for corp/enterprise users to install the software and also for those w/o an internet connection to install it too).

4. Once it completes, go to your Start Menu or Desktop and launch the new Zune 4.0 software and experience music the new Zune way!

–Windows 7 Users–
This will work in Win7 also, however you will need to do one additional step to get it to work.

During step 3. instead of running the zune-x86.msi directly, you will need to Right-Click the file and choose “Troubleshoot compatibility”. It will run a test, then click on the Start the Program and it should then allow us to install the Zune 4.0 software.

This recipe has been tested on Windows XP and Windows 7.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the tip, I’ll be sure to try this out @ home

    My cousin’s been dying to add music to his Zune :D

  • Anonymous

    This worked perfectly on my XP Desktop

    Thank you so much

    • http://blogs.tech-recipes.com/jimmyselix jimmyselix

      excellent! glad it to hear it worked for you too!

  • Anonymous

    thans man i hope this works,ill try it on my lap

    • Anonymous

      could not get mine to install it starts up like its going to and then just stops. any ideas?

      • http://blogs.tech-recipes.com/jimmyselix jimmyselix

        what operating system are you using?

  • Anonymous

    well i had 4.0. my 30gb (firstgen “brick” zune) would never show up for me to add/remove things to it. thus im stuck with very old crap and would like to change. i downloaded 3.2 off a microsoft site to see if it would work, well it would read my zune for a moment. it would show up then “READ ERROR” woul show up. cany you (or anyone) help

  • Anonymous

    so i tried this and it didn’t work. After i click on the zune-x86 in the packages it says preparing to install and than it pops up with this message.
    DriverCA 01:57:04.999: Operation
    ‘InstallSoftwareDriver’ has finished with result
    0x8007f02a

    and than it like goes backwards and disappears. Any ideas?

    • Vandoo

      Mine did the same thing

  • http://anothersoandso.tumblr.com/ Christopher Barry

    Do we think this will work with version 1?

  • Anonymous

    Is there a solution to this:
    it loads, then it goes backwards >

  • Adrian

    Thanks for this. You saved my arss; lol I don’t have internet in Indonesia :PPP

  • Wes Alvaro

    Yay! Exactly what I needed! Now I’m able to install on my corporate network. =D

  • Parasyte

    Thank you! :D

  • john-hunt

    i tried ur way but wen i click zune icon it says mscoree.dll could not be found and zune fails to open.what to do.

  • alek

    application has failed to start mscore.dll was not found, can any body help me???

  • jlatx

    missing mscoree.dll needs you need the microsoft .NET framework update

  • Jeffstar247

    OMG TTTHHHHAAANNNKKK YOU i lost 2 days of school trying to get this thing to work merci beacoup !

  • raj

    tried all the steps and in compatbility mode checked xp sp3

    stuck on checking for updates

    on win7 32bit

  • http://tech-recipes.com jimmy selix

    @raj i can take a looksy tonight to make sure these are still valid instructions for the latest version of the Zune player.

  • Prashant

    WOW!! worked absolutely fine… I had downloaded it a week earlier and hadnt time ( and bandwidth ) to download 112 MB update.. So thanks!

  • Naveen

    Sir, i have window xp sp3 when i extract zunesetupPkg file after that i open en-us in x86 there are setup like(zune-fr.msi,zune-x86.msi and zune-es.msi) what to do sir.But when i double click on zune setup it shows error code: 0x80240001. And i have no internet connection please try to solve this problem.

  • Naveen

    Sir, i have window xp sp3 when i extract zunesetupPkg file after that i open en-us in x86 there are no setup like(zune-fr.msi,zune-x86.msi and zune-es.msi) what to do sir.But when i double click on zune setup it shows error code: 0x80240001. And i have no internet connection please try to solve this problem.

  • Naveen

    Finally i solve this but it shows an error could not locate mscoree.dll
    What is this sir? Thankyou

  • dipak

    Thanks…
    I have tried the same and it run successfully.

  • Ben

    Mine is 32bit, so it can’t work. It needs 64bit.
    How can I change it ??

  • Grey

    Been looking desperately for a solution. Thanks for not only providing one, but for it being so simple compared to others that I’ve seen that didn’t even work.

  • vishal malani

    it did not load…. the steps began initially and then the setup disappeared
    few step did load and then the process bar took and reverse progress and then it disappeared

    does anyone have solution for this ?

  • saym

    thnx. it works magically…

  • Cool

    Thx dude.. I salute u..

  • pradeep

    i don’t understand and it is not install in my laptop showing some error..???
    i needed it so much…

  • awefawe

    thanks dude, finally a solution that works :) props to you bro

  • Carole

    work around is super easy to follow and for that am thankful….but getting the message cited above — DriverCA 01:57:04.999: Operation ‘InstallSoftwareDriver’ has finished with result 0x8007f02a

    and than the installbar goes backwards and disappears.

    Am running vista — can you help at all? Many thanks, Carole

  • Michał G.

    I love you man… I’ve spent like 2 weeks trying to find a solution for windows ThinPC and this worked perfectly… BIG THX

  • Michał G.

    I love you man… I’ve spent like 2 weeks trying to find a solution for windows ThinPC and this worked perfectly… BIG THX

  • Esphan

    Finally….. Thanks for the tip!

  • Bash

    Wow! Thanks bro. It worked like a charm. Thumbs up