Aug 15

By default you can’t use the Microsoft eHome IR Transceiver in Windows Server 2008 R2, but using this page you ‘ll install drivers to get the hardware working. These drivers were extracted from the Windows 7 x64 RTM MSDN dvd.

1. Download (296 KB) from win2008r2workstation.

2. After downloading the zip extract the zip, run install.cmd as an Administrator and follow the instructions on the screen.
Extract and run install.cmd

3. Install the drivers via the Device Manager using step 2 – 5 at the Drivers page.

20 comments so far...

  • Madcat Said on August 18th, 2009 at 10:42 am:

    keep up the good work people..
    i got the remote working under server 2008 with readydriver plus
    but that didn’t helped for the drivers for server 2008R2
    just installed this and it worked fantastic,

    greetz from a happy server 2008R2 user

  • BKCH Said on September 20th, 2009 at 1:15 pm:

    This works for me getting the receiver working (on 2008 R2) but not the transceiver – any ideas?

  • Windows Server 2008 and IR - Page 3 - MediaPortal Forum Said on October 20th, 2009 at 3:22 pm:

    […] a look here : Convert your Windows Server 2008 R2 to a Workstation! – eHome IR Transceiver __________________ Greetz […]

  • ted Said on November 11th, 2009 at 11:46 pm:

    After you update the receiver driver you need to go back to the device manager and update the transceiver driver (it will show up as unknown device)

  • Philipp Said on January 20th, 2010 at 12:55 am:

    Works perfectly – thank you so much for the effort :)

  • Phil Said on February 3rd, 2010 at 12:11 pm:

    Anyone know how to revert back to signed certs, and get rid of the “Test Mode” watermark??

  • Phil Said on February 3rd, 2010 at 11:59 pm:

    If anyone is interested. I found a tool to get rid of the “Test Mode” watermark created when unsigned certificates are enabled.

    The software also enables and disables unsigned/signed certificates.

    if you have a problem removing the water mark, check this site as well:


    Arris: Thanks Phil! :) I might add it to the manual when I have some time.

  • DaKill3r185 Said on May 7th, 2010 at 11:39 pm:

    Installation: works fine –> in the Device-Mager are now the “Mircosoft eHome Infrared Transreceiver”, “Consumer IR Devices”, a HID Mouse, HID Keyboards and other HID Devices.

    – Windows: the Remote doesn´t work
    – Test it with Media Portal 1.1.0 RC2 –> nothing, the Remote doesn´t work :-(
    – The IR Receiver LED is blinking sometimes (I do nothing with the Remote).

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard x64 german

    On Windows 7 x64 the MCE v1 works perfectly.

  • DaKill3r185 Said on May 8th, 2010 at 11:12 am:

    Ok… it works. It doesn´t work when your loged in via Remotedesktop. With a local login the remote works.

  • dezmond Said on December 8th, 2010 at 2:19 pm:

    This doesn’t work on 2008r2. Even when you run the script as administrator and it completes successfully, the devices get an exclaimation mark and windows complains about the drivers not being signed.

    “Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source. (Code 52)”

  • MrTweak Said on April 26th, 2011 at 11:35 pm:

    Works great on Vail too, but is it possible to get red of the “Test Mode…” logo in the bottom right corner?

    Is it possible to disable what has been enabled to install the driver, without deactiviting the driver??


  • MrTweak Said on April 26th, 2011 at 11:36 pm:

    BTW now using Vail + XBMC, working perfectly with MCE remote.. couldnt be happier!!

  • How to install Mediaportal on Windows 2008 R2 (x64 only) - Page 17 - MediaPortal Forum Said on December 23rd, 2011 at 7:14 pm:

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  • Home Server Adventure | Simon Carpentier Said on June 18th, 2012 at 5:31 pm:

    […] After much trial and error, I finally found a Microsoft Media Center Keyboard on eBay which use an IR receiver that works great… with a little bit of tinkering. By default, you can’t use that IR transceiver in Windows Home Server because it’s based on Windows Server 2008 R2 and the drivers are not available for that OS. Fortunately, they are for Windows 7 x64 and the easiest way to make this work is by following the instructions on this site. […]

  • Mysticpete Said on October 2nd, 2012 at 2:15 pm:


    Just wanted to say a big thanks for this, been searching for a few days for a package solution.

    much Karma to you

  • Mysticpete Said on October 3rd, 2012 at 3:33 pm:


    I too have noticed the Test Mode logo in the bottom right hand corner, can you explain what the program has done to produce this as it indicates that the product (WHS2008 R2 Standard) is unlicensed (even though the system still sees the license as activated) and I am concearned that this may lead to other problems not yet evident?


  • DacenC Said on October 13th, 2012 at 10:43 am:


    This fix does not work on Server 2012. Does anyone have a clue why? The certificate will install normally as described above, but aferwards I cannot install the unsigned driver.

    any tipps?

  • Arris Said on October 15th, 2012 at 10:20 pm:

    Take a look at the Windows Server 2012 version of this page: If that doesn’t work, ask your question at the forum.

  • bigrodg Said on March 31st, 2013 at 11:10 am:

    Just tried this with Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition. Worked like a treat. Magic.

    Many Thanks

  • bazagee Said on November 10th, 2013 at 6:48 am:

    Can anyone point me to drivers (or howto extact them) for 32 Bit Windows server 2008 (wante for running xbmc).


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