Installing Exchange 2007 Management Tools On a 32-Bit Operating System

As you probably know by now, Exchange 2007 is distributed in 2 versions – 64-bit and 32-bit. Only the 64-bit version is supported by Microsoft, and the 32-bit version is only provided for evaluation purposes. Microsoft requires that you run the production versions of Exchange 2007 only on 64-bit platforms (read Is my Server Exchange 2007 Ready?). However, in many cases, although the actual deployment of Exchange 2007 is done on 64-bit machines, your daily management of these servers is still performed on “regular” 32-bit machines, and not on the servers themselves.

So, one might find himself trying to install the Exchange 2007 Management Tools on a 32-bit operating system such as Windows XP SP2 or Windows Server 2003 machine, only to find that when trying to install them they get an error message:
“The image file D:\Setup.EXE is valid, but is for a machine type other than the current machine.”
The reason for this error is because the Exchange 2007 setup require Windows Server 2003 64-bit Edition to initiated.
The solution to this problem is to install the 32-bit version of the Exchange 2007 Management Tools instead.

  1. Download 32 Bit Microsoft Exchange 2007 installation files Exchange Server 2007 – Evaluation Software.
  2. Extract the installation file.
  3. Install the following pre-requirements components:
  1. Run “setup.exe” from the root of the folder from stage 2 on Windows Server 2003 SP1 (Standard or Enterprise Editions), Windows Server 2003 R2 (Standard or Enterprise Editions), or Windows XP Professional SP2.
  2. Click on “Step 4: Install Microsoft Exchange” and click on the “Next” button.
  3. Click to select the checkbox “I accept the terms in the license agreement”.
  4. Click on the “Next” button twice.
  5. Choose ” Custom Exchange Server Installation” and click on the “Next” button.
  6. Mark the checkbox “Management Tools” and click on the “Next” button.
  7. Enter the Exchange Organization name (if it did not get auto completed by the installation wizard) and click on the “Next” button.
  8. Press on “Finish” button.


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