How to Install the Zune Software on Windows Server 2008

Posted December 15, 2009 by Rob Rogers in Zune

If you try to install the Zune software on a machine running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you will soon find out that it is an unsupported operating system. There’s a simple way around this.

1. Download the Zune software to your desktop.

2. Open up a command prompt and go to the desktop.

3. At the command prompt, input and execute the following:
zunesetuppkg-64.exe /x

4. When prompted for a location, give the desired location for the extracted files.

5. When extraction is complete, go to the location where you had the files extracted to.

6. Inside the location, you will find a folder called packages.

7. Use the command prompt and go to the packages directory of the extracted files.

8. At the command prompt, input and execute the following:
msiexec /i Zune-x64.msi

9. The software will be installed, although no dialogue windows will be displayed. Once it has completed, you will find the Zune icon on the desktop.


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  • Abby

    you should give the song for free but don’t ask for any info just their Email and day of birth, address and phone # because that would make it way easier Please think about it:)

  • Have you tried to get Wireless Sync to work with WS08 ?

  • Blah

    You should probably explain that x86 is different from x64 and in some situations, it helps a whole bunch if the command is run from an administrative command prompt instead of just a regular command prompt.

  • Dude
    thanks a lot 🙂

  • just a small note, make sure that oyur cmd is opened as administrator

  • Ok now seriouce question 🙂
    Are you using the zune for your phone? if yes were you able to update the phone?

  • PorscheRacer14

    Yes, I’ve updated my Windows Phone 7 plenty of times with Zune in Windows Server 2008. Works great!