Are these definitely 2008R2 and not 2008?  That error sounds like what I would 
expect if you try to load a 64-bit application on a 32-bit OS.  2008 could have 
been installed as 32-bit.

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         those who understand binary and those who don't.

From: [] On 
Behalf Of Graeme Carstairs
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:53 AM
Subject: Re: [NTSysADM] Cannot install IE 11 on Server 2008 R2

we tried all that its just not happening.

So we have stuck Chrome on the TS's and are accelerating the 2012 RDS server 
roll out.


On 22 September 2016 at 09:46, James Rankin 
<<>> wrote:
Also looks like you might need a pre-requisite patch before you can get it 

On Behalf Of Graeme Carstairs
Sent: 22 September 2016 09:32
Subject: [NTSysADM] Cannot install IE 11 on Server 2008 R2

Hi all,

I have inherited a network which has 3 Server 2008 R2 terminal servers in a 
server farm.

The end users ar complaining about various issues with internet access, cannot 
access banking sites, very slow loading and incorrect rendering of some sites.

Upon checking the servers I discovered they were still running IE9, i mentioned 
this to the client contact and he says that the previous support people had 
told him that you couldnt run anything newer than IE9 on Server 2008 R2

Now we know this to be not true, so I go to try and upgrade the servers to IE11

Through Windows update it shows that everything is up to date, and no further 
updates avialable, there are no hidden updates either.

So I locate the IE 11 offline installer page, downlaod the file, and when I try 
to run it on each of the servers in the farm I get a IE11-xxxxxxxxxx.exe is not 
a valid win32 application.

I copy the file to another server on the network (server2012) and the file runs 
and then say that "this operating system already has a newer version of 
internet explorer installed, and stops.

I have trawled through the GPO's that are being applied to the TS's and there 
is nothing I can see that would stop IE being installed.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do?


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