How to add Desktop Experience feature on Windows Server 2012 “Server 8 Beta”


As desktop Experience feature is being relocated to be under User interface and infrastructure many people might believe it’s no longer there ! but it’s and below screenshot shows the exact location of desktop experience feature.

5-1-2012 3-18-02 PM

Comments (89)

  1. Anonymous says:

    thanks it work.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good catch! I used PS Add-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience for achieving this.

  3. Anonymous says:

    How cool.  Thank you!

  4. Ed (DareDevil57) says:

    Thank you

  5. Felaray says:

    Great! it’s useful,thx!

  6. David says:

    this doesn't work for server 2012 release preview

  7. Ricardo Vieira says:

    Thanks from Portugal! 🙂

  8. Kevin Haas says:

    Thank You!

  9. Emanuele says:

    Thank you from Italy! Awesome!

  10. rujax says:

    Thanks from Indonesia.. just when i need to activate it.

  11. NorSivad says:

    Great! Thanks!

  12. Hello,

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  13. Hayden Kirk says:

    @Rudy You need to use a group policy to redirect the desktop to a folder with the links you would like to display on the metro page.

  14. Nima says:

    Thank you for this help…

  15. Louly says:

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  16. Vishal says:

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  17. Walker Chen says:

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  18. Figarro says:

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  22. رها امیر چرمهینی says:

    really thanks from iran

    i was looking for this feature about 4 month

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  23. Jason says:

    Thanks you very much!!!     It troubled me a lot

  24. Hein Taljaard says:

    Thank You so much… Saved me a lot of time

  25. Mohsin says:

    Thanks a bunch man!

  26. Espo says:

    Thanks from New York!

  27. stephan says:

    Even a Server noob like me could find it with your screenshot!

    Thanks

  28. Ilker says:

    Thanks from USA

  29. Philip says:

    Thanks from Vienna

  30. Ben says:

    Where is the source located on the media?

  31. CymonZ says:

    Thumbs up… 🙂

  32. joseph says:

    Thanks from Canada

  33. rathish says:

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  34. Harvey Triana says:

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  35. clab says:

    Works!!! Thank you

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  37. Kais says:

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  41. kien le says:

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  43. Tuan says:

    Thank you

  44. Jondo says:

    Thanks From Georgia!

  45. brivor says:

    thanks

  46. Thanos says:

    Very Useful! Greetings from Greece

  47. Dan_IT says:

    Hi, if people need instructions on how to enable this, then they shouldn’t be using Windows Server.

  48. Vudum says:

    Thankyou very much

  49. Mario says:

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  50. Dhammrath Dhanve says:

    Thank You very much…

  51. Dan_IT says:

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  52. Aldo Mlula says:

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  53. Syed says:

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  54. Ramsagar Reddy says:

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  55. Kaz says:

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  56. tolis says:

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  57. Marco Concas (Sviluppatore IT) says:

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  58. Balam Singh says:

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  59. Amit says:

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  61. Till says:

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  74. nikolz says:

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  75. prashanth says:

    For WindowsServer 2012 ::

    You need to install Desktop Experience . Just open your Powershell and execute these commands to install ::

    Import-Module ServerManager

    Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra

    To install the Server Graphical Shell with Windows PowerShell, use the following commands:

    Import-Module ServerManager

    Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell

    To install Desktop Experience with Windows PowerShell, use the following commands:

    Import-Module ServerManager

    Install-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience

    To install Media Foundation with Windows PowerShell, use the following commands:

    Import-Module ServerManager

    Install-WindowsFeature Server-Media-Foundation

    To uninstall the Server Graphical Shell with Windows PowerShell, use the following commands:

    Import-Module ServerManager

    Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell

    Thats it! After executing restart. You will find ‘Personalize’ after click on Desktop and you can also enable Audio. Cheers!!!!

  76. Dmitriy says:

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  77. azli says:

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  78. Mohammed says:

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  80. jayBee666 says:

    Why would you install Desktop Experience on Server 2012R2? It also installs Adobe Flashplayer. Do we want this on a server?
    If you only want to create desktop icons for My Computer and Network just run this command on an elevated command prompt: "%Systemroot%system32rundll32.exe" shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0

  81. Stig Eide says:

    Thanks from Norway!

  82. Arpit Jain says:

    Thanks.. that helped.. 🙂