Run Exchange 2010 Management Console on Microsoft Windows 8 x64

I’ve got a Windows 8 x64 workstation and after installing the Exchange Management Console, I could not start it. The workaround is to create a new .cmd file, insert the following code

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

save it and run it.

The first line prevents the application from requiring User Account Control (UAC) elevation by ignoring the application manifest. In Windows Vista and later, an application can be coded to require UAC elevation. If you try to run it as a non-administrator, you get asked for an administrator username and password, and if you don’t provide them the application doesn’t start.

The second line sets the environment variable called COMPLUS_Version to v2.0.50727, which forces everything after that to run in .NET 2.0.

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