Please stop unnecessarily blocking Windows Server 2008 installation RRS feed

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  • I was able to hack the .msi installer on WLW 12, but can't seem to do that with the preview. I don't know why you arbitrarily decided you wouldn't allow WLW use on Windows Server 2008 (there's obviously no technical reason not to).  I don't care if you choose not to officially support it, but please don't prevent it for no reason!

    Please let us use WLW on Windows Server!!!
    Saturday, November 8, 2008 12:50 AM

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  • Thank you for sending your feedback.  The decsion to prevent Windows Server 2008 was not by the WLW team, but rest assured the people that made this decsion are aware of the customer feedback such as yours and will be reevaluating their decsion.
    -Brandon Turner [MSFT]
    Monday, November 10, 2008 5:59 PM
  • Thanks Brandon, I appreciate your response.  However, this issue has been complained about for over a year - a simple Google search will show many blog posts complaining about this stupid decision, techniques for hacking the MSIs to get around this issue,etc.  Clearly Microsoft is not responding to the frustration of its users, this could have been resolved in far less than a year if Microsoft cared or chose to listen.

    I don't know who the 'people' are who are responsible for making that decision, or why they can't be honest and up front about their decisions and reasons.  On one side of your company, some 'people' in Microsoft decided that if I want to develop for Microsoft SharePoint, I *HAVE* to use a Server operating system.  Then other 'people' in Microsoft decided that in order to use the Microsoft Live programs, I *HAVE* to use a Desktop operating system.  Neither of those have technical reasons, they're just licensing complications you've dreamed up to complicate the lives of your customers, and the only people you hurt are the people who are paying you money.

    So I guess I'll continue to suffer the penalties for paying for a much more expensive Server license, just so I can help build applications that help sell more licenses of Microsoft products, and wait while your 'people' weigh in a few more years worth of feedback.

    You guys are a great company, please keep up the good work.
    • Edited by AndyN3 Monday, November 10, 2008 6:23 PM
    Monday, November 10, 2008 6:22 PM
  • I want to use Live Writer to blog from Server 2008. I have my main workstation running Server 2008 tricked out as a workstation. It rocks - but I can't install LW on it. That's a pretty silly decision from where I sit.

    By all means offer "no support" but quit blocking it. Alternatively, post the MSI for writer and let US "fix" the problem. 
    Thomas Lee
    Wednesday, November 12, 2008 10:53 PM
  • Hey, another month has gone by, just thought I'd see if Microsoft has decided to address this issue yet, or am I still being penalized for buying too expensive a version of Windows?
    Friday, December 5, 2008 9:22 PM
  • Sorry Andy, as low-level Microsoft employees we're required to stay pretty tight-lipped about future plans. We won't be able to share any more information until after our next build is released, which hopefully will be Real Soon Now!
    Monday, December 8, 2008 7:40 PM
  • I remember doing extra work to get WLW on a Windows 2003 system some time ago.

    I see no explicit reference to whether the new version (14...) will install on Windows 2003.  I see it won't go onto Win 2008, which I take as a bad sign.

    Does anybody here know?

    Monday, December 15, 2008 2:55 AM
  • Windows Server 2003 is still not supported, sorry. There are currently no plans to support Server 2003. Wish I had better news for you.
    Monday, December 15, 2008 5:42 PM
  • Good news, we shipped a Release Candidate build of Windows Live Essentials today--and Server 2008 is officially supported.

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008 5:24 AM