Wish List

On this page we create a list of our wishes for getting applications working in Windows Server 2008 or other preferences. If you want a feature that is not on this list, add a comment so I’ll add it.

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  2. Renmiri says:

    32 bit color for running Second life

  3. Mark60 says:

    Second Startup: This says it all, but the 20 second start up is just to the login screen. ,

  4. jin-sama says:

    I think a PDF would be good, since i dont have internet in my apartment to look up if fail.

    Btw thx for this tut 😉

  5. Mr. Ripley says:

    I would like to know how to do the following:

    1. Make the shortcut arrow smaller without messing up other links/programs. I’ve read a few way but they all seem have side affects.

    2. Put drive letters before the labels. “ShowDriveLettersFirst”=1 key in HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer does not work. I have tried numbers 1-4 in dword and qword and no dice.

    3. Make “Computer” the first icon when arranging by name, like tweakui does in xp.

    In general a reliable tweakui like app would be really be handy.

    Arris: I won’t add this to the Wishlist because it’s more like a little problem. However you can make a topic about this at the Win2008Workstation Forum.

  6. Anonymous says:

    How about the suspend and hibernate power saving options?

  7. Steve-A-George says:

    I think this qualifies as a wishlist item because I don’t think it’s currently possible:

    Does anyone have hardware acceleration working for playing h.264 video? I know I don’t and despite my opteron 180 and Geforce 8600 I still cant play certain files contained in a .mkv without severe choppiness or AV sync loss.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Quentin Server 2008 has its own media player 11 but you need to follow instructions to install Desktop expierience and it will be install, the only feature it doesnt have is the ability to stream to media servers like the xbox 360 etc.

  9. prohajtgejmer says:

    Custom Vista-like logon screen? DO WANT

  10. Quentin says:

    Does that mean windows server 2008 cannot run windows media player and other players?
    I got a free cd key from microsoft, and I would like to build a media center with windows server 2008 for dowloading musics, movies and play them on HD tv.

  11. JayIV says:

    Come on guys, we need media center!!!!

  12. kongzifan says:

    I wish SAS 9.0 could be run in win2008 x64, so that I can do my statistics homework in my desktop.

    Arris: There is a topic about this at the forum.

  13. hoak says:

    Editing Start Up & Shut Down Screens & Colors

    Server 2003 offered editable registry entries under the key:

    CODE[HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTControl PanelColors

    That allowed you to change your boot screen and even menu colors; editing colors here doesn’t effect the load and shutdown screen in Server 2008…

    Some have suggested that the boot screen assets are in binary boot files similar to Vista, but looking at the various candidates like “winlogon.exe” and “winload.exe.mui” don’t appear to have the appropriate assets or entries…

    While primarily an aesthetic issue (it’s nice to be able to have congruent boot colors with your desktop); being able to edit load screen colors has a modest practical benefit for those that use CRT’s as it puts a bit less wear and tear on vulnerable fly-back transformers by avoiding the surges in gain that happen from full field color changes at boot — a particularly vulnerable time lot of people also power up their CRT and PC at the same time when the CRT PSU is sagging which makes matters worse…

    Anyone have a clue how or where to go to edit the load and shutdown screen colors or assets?


  14. Aras says:

    Please to wish list:
    install Windows Live Applications


    Arris: Haven’t you looked under the Additional Information title at the Main Page? If you look in the ‘Useful forum Topics’ line you see how to install Windows Live Applications! 😉

  15. Bink says:

    FWIW, I tried Anon’s regsrv32 DVD decoder suggestions, but they do not work. Also, I couldn’t get kstvtune.ax to register :/ .

  16. ikyouCrow says:

    hey! i’ve found an alternative to Media Center, and it’s free!
    the Origami Experience Pack can be used to play your media in a similar fashion, but there is no TV support.

    read more here: http://www.redmondpie.com/using-origami-as-a-free-alternate-to-windows-media-center/

    Arris: Thanks for your comment, I added it as workaround to the forum topic! 🙂

  17. Bill says:

    This website is great. Thank you for publishing all this.

    One change and one request:

    REQUEST: Enable the Windows Vista ALT-TAB Preview window (so you can see the contents of the screen rather than an icon)

    CHANGE: The instructions would leave you to believe you can install Windows, then perform these steps. This is not always the case. For example, I tried for two hours trying to install wireless then realized that I should step ahead to the tweaks and enable wireless, then complete my install.


    Arris: Thanks for your feedback! The preview window when pressing Alt+Tab should be automatically be shown when you use the Vista Aero color scheme (step 9 of the Themes page). Your suggestion to set ‘Enable Wireless’ as step two is more logical indeed, so I changed the order of the pages. Thanks for your suggestions!

  18. CharlyAR says:

    1. Thanks for this great site! I have found a lot of useful information.
    2. Dumb question: I’d like to get the Windows Experience Index / Windows System Assessment Tool working in Windows 2008. Copied winsat.exe to system32. But I only get the xml output. Doy you know if there is a way to get the “graphical” output, or to read the XML “friendly”?


  19. Henry says:

    Garret, if you want media sharing use Tversity, it has been updated for support for Vista and Server 2008 and I use it quite often as I have loads of media.

  20. garret says:

    I just posted this one in the Application section of the forums but I’m really disappointed Microsoft didn’t include the ability to use Media Sharing in WMP11. No way out of the box to share media to another computer or Xbox 360 🙁

  21. Ashley says:

    Phoneix – about your Dreamscene comment…this does work on Server 08, you need to install a free MPEG-2 Decoder at http://www.free-codecs.com and then install the free Deskscapes pack at http://www.stardock.com/products/deskscapes/downloads.asp

    Im hoping someone can sort the System Restore function which is sadley lacking, I nearly screwed my system earlier trying to patch the uxtheme.dll file to install custome theme’s (Windows Seven)…if anyone gets in trouble doing this and cannot boot into Server 08 without Sys Restore follow this..Boot into safe mode (No icons will show..just black screen) press Ctrl+Alt+Del and select task manager, go up to file and select “New Task” type cmd, then “chkdsk” this will start on next boot, then type “sfc /scannow” to replace system files that have been corrupted, boot the system wait for the checkdisk to finish…and your in…took me hours to figure that as there was no info on the net…basically said if you screwed your uxtheme.dll file on 08 …your screwed….not so people 😉

    MCP XP/2003 Server

  22. James says:

    Add Connect to a Network Projector to the list.

  23. Robert Plant says:

    I would really appreciate your expertise here
    Does anybody know how to add custom resolutions on VMs on hyper-v?
    I am using a laptop for testing and I can’t find a way to adjust the screen resolution to anything but the standard 4:3 formats
    and since the laptop’s screen is wide all i get is a windowed virtual machine
    and no way to scale it fullscreen
    been googling but found nothing,anybody knows how to set a widescreen resolution on VMs?

    Also, I’ve been trying to enable wireless on the VM
    I’ve seen these workarounds:
    but the problem is the network router uses static IPs for the machines
    so my box has a manually configured IP like 192.168.10.xxx and the DNS IPs of the ISP are also manually added
    I’ve tried both methods (ICS and RRAS) but the VM is assigned a different class IP 169.254.xxx.xxx so it is unable to connect to the router or internet
    regardless of the settings I’ve tried (different IPs, DNS IPs,router IP as DNS etc)
    has anybody figured out how to set up wireless connections for VM with static IPs?

    Finally, I surely hope the RTM edition of hyper-v will be able to support power states, I really do miss hibernation on my laptop
    thanx in advance
    keep up the great work

  24. GULIDRECK says:

    Hi all,
    please add a tutorial/how too for: get internet access from server 2008 over another system like XP/Vista/S2k3 – thx alot
    my own problem: i try since now 2 days the following scenario:
    server 2008 datacenter 32bit -> a gigabit networkcard -> a gibabit switch all autonogiate -> 100mbit card -> WindowsXP/S2k3 -> internet per AVM FritzBox Modem Router!!

    with all other systems wxp/s2k3 i dont have any problems to do this
    i get also with s2k8 the free folders from the other system but NO internet access – all is in the same WORKGROUP and also all IP’s in same AREA…

    i feel me, a cow have bonged my – crazy and unhappy

    PS: all system have no problems with internet connection alone works great, but i need sometime this above written way for tests/repairs of systems – thx for a answer

    Arris: There should be no difference between win2k3/xp/win2k8 clients; they all should try to get an ip address using DHCP. Are you sure you haven’t set the ip address/gateway/dns at the other pc’s manually? If you are using an other pc as gateway like:
    srv2k8 | winXP | Client 3
       |          |          |
          GigabitSwitch /
        Gateway Computer

    You have to go to Network Connections in the Control Panel of the Gateway Computer, open the Properties of the Internet Connection, go to the Sharing tab and enable the Checkbox. This will set the ip of the networkinterface connected to the gigabitswitch to a static one and enable a DHCP server on the Gateway Computer. The clients on the other side of the switch will now automatically get an ip address and other information to get onto the internet!

  25. Aim says:

    Please add Windows DVD Maker to the list. I download Windows Movie Maker: http://www.windowsworkstation.com/win2008/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=219. When I try to run Windows DVD Maker, I get the error: MPEG-2 encoder is missing To use Windows DVD Maker, compatible MPEG-2 video encoding software must be installed on your computer.

  26. sodaxp says:

    First, thanks to the admin for this awesome site. I’ve followed all the steps to install Win 2k8 in VMware – It’s amazing! 😀
    I’d like to change the login screen background. I don’t like that dark green color, it’s too awful. It would be great if it was possible to change it like Vista, with the Aurora background.
    I’ve read about a program (LoginStudio by Stardock) but in my machine it doesn’t work. If some of you guys knows how to change it manually, I appreciate to share with me that info.


  27. ZAiN says:

    Hibernation Support!
    Can’t get it working in Server 2008 x64

    Arris: Maybe the topic Standby / Hibernate can help you, but if you are using Hyper-V, hibernation is not possible because Hyper-V doesn’t support it yet.

  28. Mark4Dead/DayToDie says:

    Admin, I got Windows Fax and Scan to work. Windows Fax and Scan is already include in Windows Server 2008. To enable Windows Fax and Scan, 1. you must go to Server Manager 2. Add Roles 3. Select Fax Server and Printing Services 4. Install.

    Arris: Haha, nice job! A solution can be that easy! 🙂 I tested it and it turns out that you don’t need to have Desktop Experience installed, so removed your other post.

  29. Mark4Dead/DayToDie says:

    Admin, Windows Fax and Scan work fine. I have to add shortcut to All Programs since it does not appear in my computer automatically when a scanner is plug in.

  30. MarkMeWrong says:

    Add Windows Fax and Scan to the list since I really need to use my scanner.

  31. Henry says:

    I have tried to get that media center to work as I said in my previous post, as I got about 2 or 3 errors duing the installation, also I needed files of my Media Center 2005 Cd 2 disc

    Arris: Looks nice! Will take a look at this in the weekend! 🙂

  32. Henry says:

    I’ve come across something on another site for using Media Center part of Vista/XP on an original XP, but unsure if it works on Server 2008, and at present I cannot try it as I do not have server 2008 installed. Here is the link if anyone wants to try it:-


    Arris: The files aren’t available anymore, and when I tried to copy the files/registry keys from Windows XP Media Center Edition manually, it keeps saying that I am not running Windows XP Media Center… :-/

  33. Mark4Dead says:

    Admin, Arris, Snipping Tool has already been satisfy.

    Arris: Nice job! 🙂 I set the status to satisfied! 😉

  34. Mark4Dead says:

    Here is a mirror for the snipping tool:

  35. Mark4Dead says:

    OK, I finally get the Snipping Tool to work on Windows Server 2008 and it can be download here: http://www.mediafire.com/?3ed04mmxx9h

  36. Henry says:

    Admin Does the Winsat.exe file need to be from a clean installation of Vista, also how do I apply this to server 2008

    Arris: You can copy it from any Vista with the right architecture. I Copied it from a Vista Ultimate SP1 x64. In Server 2008 place it in the System32 directory.

  37. Henry says:

    one thing I wold like to see is Windows Performance index

    Arris: Get the tool winsat.exe from the system32 folder of a Vista installation with the same architecture as your Windows Server 2008.

    C:WindowsSystem32>winsat -?
    Windows System Assessment Tool
    Command line usage:
            WINSAT  [switches]
            Valid assessment names
                formal      run the full set of assessments and save the results
                features    just run the features assessment
                cpu         run the cpu assessment
                mem         run the system memory assessment
                dwm         run the desktop window manager assessment
                d3d         run the d3d assessment
                media       run the media assessment
                mfmedia     run the Media Foundation based assessment
                disk        run the storage assessment
            An assessment name is mandatory.
            The 'formal' assessment will run all the assessments and save the data
            in '%systemroot%windowsperformancedatastore'  This is the only
            assessment that will save data in this location.
            The 'features' assessment simply enumerates the system's features.
            This is best used with the '-xml ' switch to save the data.
            The '-eef' switch can be used to enumerate extra features such as
            optical disks, memory modules, and other items.
            Other command line paramters include include:
                '-v'                      enable verbose output
                '-xml '         save the XML output to 'filename'
            Running the "winsat dwm" command will re-assess the systems graphics
            capabilities and restart the desktop window manager.
            Please see the online Command Reference for more information
            on the command line parameters used with the other assessments.
  38. Ron says:

    Unlike system restore, Windows Server Backup is unrealistic for a workstation (for me, 30 GB for custom backup and 95 GB for full backup).

    System Restore is an important feature to Windows Vista. Average user cannot use Windows Server Manager due to the excessively large backup size.

    Arris: I checked it out and you are right: it is only possible to make backups of your whole Windows partition and thats way too much!

  39. Ron says:

    Please add System Restore to the wish list.

    Arris: See the topic System Restore? on the forum for more info.

  40. Mark says:

    Windows Speech Recognition should be added to Windows Server 2008. It is one of the feature that distinguish Vista from XP.

    Need – Windows Speech Recognition for Windows Server 2008

  41. Arek says:


    Can you add a ready boost to wish list?

  42. Sander says:

    Can’t find the snipping tool from vista I was hoping it was instaled with the desktop experience pack.

  43. Gideon7 says:

    [Not a wishlist item but I couldn’t find a better category. -Gideon7]

    Windows Server 2008 is a big win for backup. See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc462796.aspx

    Vista’s wbadmin.exe gives the following command-line options:

    wbadmin 1.0 – Backup command-line tool
    (C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

    —- Commands Supported —-

    START BACKUP — Runs a backup
    STOP JOB — Stops the currently running backup or recovery
    GET VERSIONS — List details of backups recoverable from a
    specific location
    GET ITEMS — Lists items contained in the backup
    GET STATUS — Reports the status of the currently running job

    Windows Server 2008’s wbadmin.exe gives the following additional options:

    wbadmin 1.0 – Backup command-line tool
    (C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

    —- Commands Supported —-

    ENABLE BACKUP — Enable or modify a scheduled daily backup
    DISABLE BACKUP — Disables running scheduled daily backups
    START BACKUP — Runs a backup
    STOP JOB — Stops the currently running backup or recovery
    GET VERSIONS — List details of backups recoverable from a
    specific location
    GET ITEMS — Lists items contained in the backup
    START RECOVERY — Run a recovery
    GET STATUS — Reports the status of the currently running job
    GET DISKS — Lists the disks that are currently online
    START SYSTEMSTATERECOVERY — Run a system state recovery
    START SYSTEMSTATEBACKUP — Run a system state backup
    DELETE SYSTEMSTATEBACKUP — Delete system state backup(s)

    In other words you can schedule CompletePC backups, something not possible in Vista. Another new feature: You can back up and restore the SystemState (C:Windows*) separate from the rest of the computer. See the TechNet article for details.

    Arris: Fixed the url 😉 Never used Windows Backup, but sounds like a nice feature indeed!

  44. Arek says:

    Readyboost on Windows Server…. heh any ideas?

  45. Henry says:

    Well again I have tried to install Vista games in Server 2008 and I still get the problem with not playing, I have tried pretty much everything I know, I am not a programmer so I cannot help in that department, but I took the reg keys out that belong to the games and the games explorer and installed them into server 2008 and nothing works. As for the hacked Vista Games For XP, some of these games work, except for solitaire and spider Solitair + Minesweeper. as the 2 solitaire games needs to be patched and I have looked everywhere for this and minesweeper needs a .bat file created.


    Arris: Maybe it’s possible to find out what the problem is using Sysinternals Process Monitor. For what I found out about the Game Explorer see my response here.

  46. arden says:

    Thank you! (sorry for being blind)
    My Motorola MPX200 with asi_ -s WM6 synchronizes now!

  47. arden says:

    WMDC question: I can’t get it to install, it says:

    “The update could not be installed because at least one windows component required by Windows Mobile Device Center is missing.”

    I do not have .NET, Desktop Experience etc. installed.. anyway, what do I need? Please help, how your WMDC worked?!

    And a tip from me:

    I found a method how to switch off ClearType font smoothing under Office 2007 (Word etc) with 2008 Server (and perhaps with Vista)
    1. Start WINWORD.EXE in compatibility mode (from the program files/office directory… right click, properties, compatibility, you can select emulating 2003 server for example)
    2. Now you can see and switch off in Word options / popular menu the “always use cleartype” pipe.
    3. After this, you can remove compatibility, and there won’t cleartype any more 😉

    Arris: You *must* have Desktop Experiene installed in order to use WMDC. See the Enable Offline Files feature tutorial for more info.

  48. 0gn3m says:

    “Admin: In Firefox v2.0.0.14 with Microsoft Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin v1.0.0.8 I have to wait a couple of seconds and the music starts playing. Picture. Have you waited long enough?”

    Im using FF 3 beta, but the problem is also in safari, and yes ive waited long enough hehe 😉

  49. Marko says:

    I’d like to have Messenger 8.5 and other Live programs like Live Writer working on Server 2008…

    Arris: Take a look at the forum. Zolee001 uploaded all full .msi files to his Skydrive!

  50. Henry says:

    twkkhan, I took my Xinput file from a clean version of Vista, the unfortunate thing about this is the fact that none of the games dont work, the only good thing is that you dont get the Xinput error. I also tried a couple of files out of the registry, but still no look.

  51. twkkhan says:

    Hi all, windows server 2008 is great windows. However, i cannot run vista embedded games.
    Before copying the xinput files: i get this from error details:
    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
    Application Name: Chess.exe
    Application Version: 6.0.6001.18000
    Application Timestamp: 47919e42
    Fault Module Name: XINPUT9_1_0.dll
    Fault Module Version: 6.0.6001.18000
    Fault Module Timestamp: 4791a783
    Exception Code: c0000135
    Exception Offset: 0006ecfb
    OS Version: 6.0.6001.
    Locale ID: 1033
    Additional Information 1: 9d13
    Additional Information 2: 1abee00edb3fc1158f9ad6f44f0f6be8
    Additional Information 3: 9d13
    Additional Information 4: 1abee00edb3fc1158f9ad6f44f0f6be8
    After copying xinput9_1_0.dll from Oct2005_xinput_x64 to wow64 folder and Oct2005_xinput_x86 to system32.
    I get this from error details:
    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
    Application Name: Chess.exe
    Application Version: 6.0.6001.18000
    Application Timestamp: 47919e42
    Fault Module Name: ntdll.dll
    Fault Module Version: 6.0.6001.18000
    Fault Module Timestamp: 4791a783
    Exception Code: c000007b
    Exception Offset: 0006ecfb
    OS Version: 6.0.6001.
    Locale ID: 1033
    Additional Information 1: 9d13
    Additional Information 2: 1abee00edb3fc1158f9ad6f44f0f6be8
    Additional Information 3: 9d13
    Additional Information 4: 1abee00edb3fc1158f9ad6f44f0f6be8
    I wonder whether this is related to os error. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

  52. Regve says:

    The Vista Game Explorer would really be great! 🙂

    Has anyone gotten it to work right?


    Arris: I found out that after you registered the gameux.dll and restart your pc, you can access the Game Explorer by typing Games into the location bar in Windows Explorer. I just installed Gears of War from which I assume it will automatically be added to the Game Explorer, but it doesn’t appear there…

  53. Henry says:

    Right as far as vista intergrated games are concerned, I took the games of a vista x64 machine along with the GameUX registry entry, and installed them into Server 2008, then after I put the games under C:Program FilesMicrosoft Games I installed the registry entry, when I try to play a games I get the error about Xinput9_1_0.dll, I tried installing latest DirectX and Xinput files from the web and kept getting the error, finally, I took the Xinput file from Vista X64, but now the games dont work and I do not get the error, also once you have the games in the right directory, if you click the right mouse button on the start button and click properties and then go to start menu and click customise, if you go down the list and then click games, the games explorer will start coming up when you click games, unfortunate thing is I have not been able to get the gamees to show in the explorer yet.

    As for the hacked games, unless someone knows where to download the patch for the various games that crash when you close the game, then I dont know how to install these ones.

  54. 0gn3m says:

    Well it worked sort of.. now ff doesnt complain about missing plugin, but the radiostation still doesnt play ;-(
    and the msi installation worked fine after i modified it

    test for yourself.. http://netradio.dr.dk/content.asp?station=3&participant=yes

    Arris: In Firefox v2.0.0.14 with Microsoft Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin v1.0.0.8 I have to wait a couple of seconds and the music starts playing. Picture. Have you waited long enough?

  55. 0gn3m says:

    Being able to install windows media plugins for IE, firefow or opera.. the install just says that it doesnt support server OS 🙁

    Arris: I assume you are trying to install the Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin.
    1. Download wmpfirefoxplugin.exe and start it.
    2. Leave the installer open, browse with Windows Explorer to the folder %tmp% and copy the randomname.msi you can find there to for example your desktop.
    3. Close the installer, modify the .msi file using the Installing UT3 tutorial, then install!

  56. Squuiid says:

    Anyone have joy.cpl?

    This along with the XINPUT9_1_0.dll file placed in System32 will get the Xbox 360 Wireless controller working!

    XINPUT9_1_0.dll file can be downloaded from Microsoft. File is: directx_mar2008_redist and is contained in the unzipped archive: Oct2005_xinput_x64.

    As for the Vista x64 joy.cpl, anyone know where I can download it?!

    Arris: Thanks for your information about XINPUT. I uploaded joy.cpl from a Vista SP1 x64 to megaupload but for me the configuration window didn’t show up when double clicking… You can try to use Process Monitor to monitor what goes wrong when opening joy.cpl.

  57. KiLLWarez says:

    Services, here you are working to enable vista features. But what about customizing server? I’m working on disabling some services doesn’t required for workstation, maybe some info already exist anywhere?

  58. anon says:

    install MPEG2(dvd) decoder.
    but not included AC3 sound filter…

    copy this from vista…

    regsvr32 /s Mpeg2Data.ax

    regsvr32 /s mpg2splt.ax

    regsvr32 /s kstvtune.ax

    regsvr32 /s MSDvbNP.ax

    regsvr32 /s MSNP.ax

    regsvr32 /s VBICodec.ax

    regsvr32 /s vbisurf.ax

  59. HMG says:

    Would like to see compatiblity with sidebar and server 2008 improvments in the gadgets

  60. EarthQ says:

    BT and WMDC sync now working.
    Just change in WMDC BT port with COM port that Toshiba BT lists in Control Panel as “LocalCOM-Server[SerialPort(TOSHIBA LocalCOM)”.

  61. EarthQ says:

    Dream Scene replacement (expiring beta yet): http://www.desktopfx.net/

  62. EarthQ says:

    BTW, WMDC isntalls, but cannot see the smartphone neither over USB cable. 🙁

  63. EarthQ says:

    Regarding BT, as mentioned in the forums I tried to install Dell drivers (is a Dell 🙂 and then Toshiba stack.
    With that I get some basic BT file transfer features, but cannot make my windows-based smartphone to sync over BT via Windows Mobile Device Center (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=46f72df1-e46a-4a5f-a791-09f07aaa1914&displaylang=en&tm)

    BTW, thanks for RA pointer 🙂

  64. EarthQ says:

    Remote Assistance

    Arris: You can install Remote Assistance via the Add Features Wizard in the Server Manager. After installing the feature, you can configure it by opening System in the Control Panel and clicking Remote Settings on the left.

  65. EarthQ says:

    Bluetooth support

    Arris: Have you tried installing the Wireless LAN Service Feature in the Server Manager? This topic contains more information about Windows Server 2008 Bluetooth support.

  66. EarthQ says:

    What about DVD decoding in Windows Media Player that is included in Vista Ultimate?

  67. EarthQ says:

    What about “Windows Meeting Place” & “Windows Movie Maker”?

  68. dancehallremix says:

    for some reason sony vegas Pro 6.0 runs funny on 2008 workstation setup

  69. Van says:

    I found the answer to my ‘Windows Search’ question over at Office Watch http://news.office-watch.com/t/?a=589&z=9 which has a useful summary of the Windows 2008 ‘workstation’ situation as it relates to Microsoft Office with links to this site.


    Arris: Thanks. Added the installation of the Windows Search service to the manual.

  70. Van says:

    How can you get the Windows index / search feature working?

    Yes I know it sucks but it can be useful in Outlook 2007, if only to stop Outlook 2007 complaining about the Index service not running.

    I can’t see a ‘Windows Search’ service in the services.msc list nor anything relevant in the Add Features list.

    ‘Indexing Options’ is in the Control Panel list but when you open it there’s a message ‘Indexing is not running’ but, typically, there’s no hint about how to get it running.



  71. NicolasS says:


    Do you know if tablet PC feature would work on the Windows 2008 Workstation?

    thanks for all those tips!

    Arris: A Tablet PC is officially not supported by Windows Server 2008, but maybe people are able to port it from Windows Vista.

  72. TheNetAvenger says:

    Media Center depends on several services (files may not be in Server Install) and have to be copied, registered, & installed as services) –

    No these do not add bloat to Vista as someone suggested, since if the users doesn’t e ven havea TV Tuner card, a very lite version of the service runs that is for remote media access.

    Media Center also is DirectX reliant, make sure you run the latest DirectX runtime distribution as well once you get the services running and the EXEs regi.)

  73. TheNetAvenger says:

    >>>People say that if you install Microsoft Terminal Services you can use themes, but I want it to be working without Microsoft Terminal Services

    Um, even in Vista, Remote Desktop (RDP) using Aero is running the Administrator Terminal Services Server.

    On Vista (RDP w/Aero = Terminal Server Services Administrator Mode)

    Not sure how you could be so technically literate and not understand this basic concept. Go read up on RDP, Terminal Services, and the default Admin Mode of Terminal Services of 2008.

    You can obviously install the non-administrator version of terminal services as well, but this is for having several users access the computer, not for remote administration.


    Arris: I got this information from this TechNet topic. Hope you now understand what my point is. 🙂

  74. ph03n!x says:

    DreamScene!!! I have been trying to copy the files from Vista Ultimate, but with no success. Am using the x64 versions, btw… has anyone had any luck?

  75. Anonymous says:

    The reason that Vista Media Center doesn’t work is because the executables rely on Windows services to work properly, which are not installed. You would have to register the services with Windows and set them to start-up if you want it to work, but I imagine that’s where some of the Vista bloat comes from in th first place.

  76. Chad says:

    XINPUT9_1_0.dll is XInput (handling input from XBOX 360 devices) from DirectX, installing the newest DirectX may fix that.

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