How do I install the Desktop Experience feature on Windows Server 2008/R2?

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If you want to use TSX Scan on a server operating system you have to install the Desktop-Experience-Feature.

Why Desktop Expierence ?
The Desktop Experience feature allows you to install a variety of applications and features that are provided in the Windows client operating system on your server that is running a Windows Server operating system.

To install the Desktop Experience please do the following  :

1.) Launch the 'Server Manager' . Click Start, Administrative Tools, and click Server Manager.

2.) Go to the 'Features' Section and click on 'Add features' .

3.) Select the 'Desktop Experience' check box and click on 'Next' .

4.) Click on 'Install'

5.) Click on 'Close'

6.) To complete the installation, click on 'Restart'.

You will find more informations about the Desktop Experience feature here.

 Same for Windows 2016 / 2019/2022 - short overview of required steps:

  1. Log in as an administrator.
  2. Start Server Manager.
  3. Select Add roles and features.
  4. On the Select Installation Type page, select Role-based or feature-based installation.
  5. On the Select Destination Server page, select a server.
  6. On the Select Server Roles page, accept the default selection and click Next.
  7. On the Select Features page, under User Interfaces and Infrastructure, select Desktop Experience.
  8. Follow the prompts and finish the installation.

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