Are you annoyed that you cannot play videos or use some of the cool windows tools like snipping tool with windows server? Well, you can, they just have to be enabled before you can use them. Below are instructions for enabling these features in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Server 2012 (slightly different instructions)
Desktop Experience includes the following Windows components and features:
Installing Desktop Experience does not automatically turn on any of the features it installs. After installation, you must manually enable any features that require configuration changes. For example, to use a desktop theme, use the Services snap-in for Microsoft Management Console to enable and start the Themes service, and then select the theme.
You can install or uninstall Desktop Experience using the Initial Configuration Tasks Wizard or Server Manager.
In the Customize This Server section, click Add features.
Select the Desktop Experience check box, and then click Next.
Complete the wizard by clicking Install.
Open Server Manager: click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and click Server Manager.
You can also open Server Manager by typing the following at a command prompt:
In the Features Summary section, click Add features.
You can uninstall Desktop Experience at any time by using either method above to start the Add Features Wizard. When the wizard opens, clear the Desktop Experience check box, click Next, and then click Remove to complete the wizard.
The Desktop Experience feature in Windows Server 2012 is under the User Interfaces and Infrastructure feature. In order to install Desktop Experience feature, do the following steps:Open Server Manager > Manage > Add Roles and Features.
You can skip the Before you begin page by just clicking Next. In the installation type page keep the default Role-based or feature-based installation then click Next
In the Server Selection Page, Your current server should already be selected, if not, select the server you want to work with under SERVER POOL then click Next
Skip the Server roles page by clicking Next
In the Features page, scroll down (close to the bottom) expand User Interfaces and Infrastructure feature then turn on the checkbox for Desktop Experience. You will be prompted to install the required components or services "Ink and Handwriting Services" and "Media Foundation". Click Add Features.
In the Confirm installation selections page, [optionally] select Restart the destination server automatically if required. You will likely need to restart your server after installing and before using some of the desktop experience features.
I installed "Desktop Experience" according to your above instructions for 2012 R2, but still no Windows Defender. I'm using the Foundation edition of 2012 R2, so is it possible that MS, in their infinite wisdom, didn't include Windows Defender in that
version???? If so, why would they do that, and Where can I get it?????? If anyone wishes to send me any helpful information, I can be reached by email at email@example.com
This is a fantastic sales pitch for how to install Desktop Experience - however, there is ABSOLUTELY NO INFO related to the title of the article - "How to ENABLE Snipping Tool...". NOTHING in this pile of rubbish addresses ENABLING THE SNIPPING TOOL one
Desktop Experience has been installed!
Have been told that snipping tool is great for genealogy, running Vista, and don't have it. Suggestions please
Liar after going through the install and rebooting the server there is no snipping tool anywhere to be found!!!
This isn't youtube. I am embarrassed these folks decided to comment on your blog. I am thankful for the quick reminder and effort into making a easy to read answer. These people need to relax.
Worked perfect for me. Thanks.