A workaround for getting the Exchange Management Console to work on Windows 8

Exchange 2010 out of the box is not supported on Windows 8.

In order to get it to work you must first install .Net 3.5. This doesn’t always work using the add feature section so you can do an offline add from the Windows 8 DVD. Put the following in at a command prompt:

Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:DVDLOCATION:\sources\SxS /LimitAccess


*Replace DVDLOCATION in the above command with the path to the windows 8 DVD.

Once you have got that installed, you need to make a batch file and save it to your desktop as follows:


set COMPLUS_Version=v2.0.50727
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Bin\Exchange Management Console.msc"



You can now remotely administer your Exchange 2010 Server!


Updated code today 07/12/2012 to open exchange console directly. Thanks to jerquiaga.gmail for the suggestion.


  1. Great Post .. I created a batch file for this commands and it worked great for me..
    is there anyway we can save this settings in the system permanently so we can run this from actual exchange console software vs. batch file ?

    1. Hi Amit,

      Glad it helped you out. This issue is, I understand, going to be resolved in SP3, which is down for release 1st quarter this year, so I’m not sure that there is much need for a permanent solution to this temporary workaround.

  2. what you can also do is to place the .bat file in exchanage Bin folder “C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Bin\”
    Right-click on the Exchange MMC icon
    then Properties
    click on the Shortcut Tab
    Change Target Field to point to the .bat file you created.
    Apply and click OK

    Voila 🙂

  3. After I ran through this, my ADUC can’t launch. I’m getting:

    Naming Information cannot be located because:
    The RPC server is unavailable.
    Contact your system administrator to verify that your domain is
    properly configured and is currently online.

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