Many of us have started upgrading the work station to Windows 8, and the Exchange 2010 Management Tools installation prior to Exchange Server 2010 SP3 cannot be installed on a Windows 8 64 bit machine. Here I have shared the work around for installing the Exchange 2010 SP2 Management tool on a Windows 8 64 bit machine (I used Windows 8 pro).
Step1: Ensure that you have installed all the pre-requisites for management tools,
Step 2: Modify the value of registry key CurrentVersion from 6.2 to 6.1.
Location of the Key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
Step3: Prepare for the Exchange 2010 Server Management Tool Installation (readiness will show you green signal)
Step 4: Click on Installation and wait for the successful completion.
Step 5: You will be able to open the Exchange Management Console without any errors, however it might not expand from the root navigation (‘Microsoft Exchange On-Premises”)
Create a batch file with the following entries,
Save it anywhere (preferably in desktop) as “ExchangeMMC.bat’.
Open the newly created batch file, done! You are now able to open the Exchange Management Console from a Windows 8 machine.
Step 6: Revert the changes done on registry entry “CurrentVersion” back to previous value (i.e. from 6.1 to 6.2).
Key Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
That’s it, you have finished installing and configuring for Exchange 2010 Management Console on Windows 8 Pro machine.
Courtesy: Multiple blogs and forums.