For some reason, Microsoft doesn’t like the idea of the average user running server as their desktop, but for those of us who develop SharePoint and don’t want to go through the hack of installing it on Windows 7 it can be rather limiting.
I use virtual machines for some custom development, but also run Server 2008 R2 locally or remote into servers to do work/research. One slightly annoying feature is the lack of user tools like the drive cleanup and all my lovely video codecs. Enter the Desktop Experience feature…
Unfortunately, codecs for H.264 and AAC are missing on Server 2008 R2. Microsoft has KB2483177: Update for Desktop Experience Decoder for Windows Server 2008 R2 available to fix this issue.
HTML5 video on Windows Server 2008 R2 http://t.co/7U8L2Pxj via @iedaddy for those of you who run a server OS for your desktop.
Nice really helped!!
This appears to have been superseded by KB2670838 (Platform update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1)
KB2670838 may update the codecs, but it doesn’t seem to actually install them. In my experience, KB2483177 must be installed for the codecs to actually work. It was also my experience on multiple environments that a reboot of the server was required for KB2483177 to take affect even though there isn’t a prompt to reboot and the KB articles says a restart is not required.
Very Nice. It’s working. Thanx.
Thank you very much. It’s working. I searched long for this solution. No reboot was required.