Installing the Desktop Experience feature on Windows Server 2012 R2

If using Windows Server 2012 R2 as a remote desktop session host, for hosting server based user desktops, you can add the Desktop Experience feature using the Server Manager, Add Roles and Features Wizard:

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This is required in order to run some programs (e.g. Onenote), and will also add the Windows Store tile.

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Users can then sign in to the store and install other apps, e.g. the Mail app.

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Unfortunately you cannot publish Modern/Metro apps as RemoteApps, but users with a full desktop can run them. Hopefully they will not try and install Halo! You could also disable access to the store using a GPO:┬áComputer Configuration – Policies – Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Store. Note that you need to do this on a server with the┬áDesktop Experience feature installed.

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