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I know it is not supported on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 yet but still is there any kind of workaround to install it on a Windows Server 2012 machine?

Edit: It's a 64-bit installation.

Edit 2: Here is the screenshot of the error:

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have you tried the Win 7 compatibility mode? – magicandre1981 Dec 10 '12 at 10:35
Yes, I have but it still doesn't work. – Mohit Dec 10 '12 at 10:42
which error message do you get? – magicandre1981 Dec 10 '12 at 11:58
What makes you think this application not supported on Windows 8 because it is? – Ramhound Dec 10 '12 at 12:41
@magicandre1981 Please see my second edit. I have now attached the error I am getting. I have also come to understand it is indeed possible to install it on Windows 8 after installing .Net Framwwork 3.5 but not yet on Windows Server 2012. – Mohit Dec 11 '12 at 3:33
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Since I solved this problem of mine, I felt obliged that I should list out the ways this problem, i.e. installing Zune Media Player on Windows Server 2012, can be fixed.

First of all, you can go here at Microsoft Answers and see the following (question+answer):

Method 1

  1. In Server Manager's Add Roles Features Wizard check if .Netframework 3.5 *Features* and Desktop Experience are installed. It should be!
  2. Download full ZunePackage.exe from official download page (version 4.8 is approx. 270 Mb)
  3. Unzip ZunePackage.exe as an archive file (by 7-zip or other tool) to specific folder (let's name it Zune).
  4. In Zune\x64\packages** subfolder find *zune-x64.msi, zunewmdu-x64.msi (and maybe zune-.msi** for your native language) .
  5. Run zunewmdu-x64.msi to install Windows Phone 7 devices updater.
  6. Run zune-x64.msi to install core components of Zune software.
  7. (optional) Run zune-.msi* to obtain your native language in Zune. Note, it should be server's GUI language too.

Method 2

As answered by Dieter Bäumler at the same page of Microsoft Answers:

The zunewmdu-x64.msi and zune-x64.msi (as mentioned above) should be installed as administrator using Command Line as follows:

msiexec /i <package>

Method 3

If both of the above methods don't work, as in my case, right-click zune-x64.msi and go to its properties and set its compatibility option as shown below and then run it: enter image description here

Of all these methods, Method 1 (Only 1st Step) and Method 3 worked for me together.

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