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How to install Windows Live 2009 on Windows Server 2003

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Windows Live 2009 cannot be installed by default on Windows Server 2003. You will encounter an os_check error when attempting to install it, with both the standalone and web install versions. Here is how to override it for both versions.

You will need a resource editor. I recommend Resource Hacker. You can download it from here:

Visit the Microsoft Live download website.

Note: To download the standalone version you will have to first cancel the "Save As" prompt after clicking "Download", and click "Try Again".

Open your Windows Live 2009 installation with Resource Hacker, and navigate to CONFIG\CONFIG0\0. Search for the string (Ctrl+F) "workstation" and replace it with "server", then click "Compile Script". Finally, save your modified install somewhere and run it. Simple! :rolleyes:

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Edited by Kjhe, 29 January 2009 - 12:10 AM.

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If you just delete "workstation" and left only "" (without any character between them) you will get universal edition which you will be able to install on both Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 from the same exe file.

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