Install or Uninstall Add-Ins on Windows Home Server

Part of the Windows Home Server For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Microsoft made it easy for developers to install new applications on your Windows Home Server server — as long as you know the server's password. If you find a new Windows Home Server add-in that you really want, then install it. If you discover another add-in that's better, uninstall the unwanted app (bye-bye!) and then add the new one.

Download and install an add-in with these simple steps:

  1. Go to any home or office computer on your network and download the application's installation file.

    Every application designed to be installed with Windows Home Server comes in a specific kind of file called an .msi file.

  2. Double-click the icon on the desktop marked Shared Folders on Server, then double-click the Software folder, and then double-click the folder called Add-Ins.

  3. Copy the installation file (the .msi file) into the Add-Ins folder, and then X-button out of Windows Explorer.

  4. Double-click the Windows Home Server icon in the notification area, near the time.

  5. When the Windows Home Server logon dialog box appears, type your server's password and click the right-pointing arrow.

  6. When the Windows Home Server Console appears, at the upper right, click the Settings icon.

    Windows Home Server Console shows you the Settings dialog box.

  7. On the left, click Add-Ins. Then click the Available tab.

    You see a list of available add-ins. Not surprisingly, the list of available add-ins corresponds one-to-one with the .msi files in the Add-Ins folder. Rocket science.

  8. Find the add-in you want to install, and click its Install button.

    Windows Home Server installs the program by running the .msi file. When it's done, you see the Installation Succeeded message.

  9. Click OK.

    Windows Home Server advises that the computer has lost its connection to the server, and the Windows Home Server logon dialog box appears again.

  10. Type the server's password and click the right-arrow.

    The Windows Home Server Console appears again. If the add-in put a new tab on the Console, you can see the new tab. Your new add-in is running. Take it for a spin.

Finding the right add-ins can be a daunting task. If you ever change your mind about a particular add-in, uninstalling it couldn't be simpler, if you know the server's password.

Uninstall an add-in with these simple steps (don't worry, its feelings won't be hurt):

  1. Log on to any computer on your network, and double-click the Windows Home Server icon in the notification area, near the time.

    When the Windows Home Server logon dialog box appears, type your server's password and click the right-arrow.

  2. When the Windows Home Server Console appears, on the upper right, click the Settings icon.

    Windows Home Server shows you the Settings dialog box.

  3. On the left, click Add-Ins.

    The Installed tab shows you a list of all the Add-ins installed on your server.

  4. Pick the Add-in you want to axe, and click its Uninstall button.

    You see a message that says the add-in was uninstalled.

  5. Click OK.

    The connection with the server is broken. If you want to log back in to the Windows Home Server Console to verify that the add-in isn't running anymore, by all means do so.

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