We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Microsoft access 2013 will not run on Windows Small Business Server 2008 SP2

Trying to install Access 2013 fro the Microsoft account gives an error message "The procedure entry point SetWaitableTimerEx could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll"

Downloading the complete install DVD (iso file) and trying to install from the full package gives the error "The specified program requires a newer version of Windows".

Nowhere can I find anything to say that Windows Small Business Server 2008 SP2 is not a compatible operating system.  The closest O/S I can see listed for compatibility is Windows Server 2008 R2!  Come on Microsoft, stop making life so bloody awkward and complicated.  I have wasted so much time on this already!  Sorry for the rant!
Comment
Watch Question

President / Owner
Fellow 2019
Most Valuable Expert 2017
Commented:
<<Nowhere can I find anything to say that Windows Small Business Server 2008 SP2 is not a compatible operating system. >>

 it's not:

System requirements for Office 2013
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee624351.aspx

Windows SBS 2008 is prior to SBS2008 R2

Office 2010 is the last release that will run on SBS.

Jim.
Distinguished Expert 2018

Commented:
You can take the "SBS" part out of the equation. Windows Server 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 are significantly different versions. You'll notice that Vista and Windows Server 2008 are also not listed. Put simply 2008 (not R2) (which SBS 2008 is built on) is too old for Office 2013. Not very complicated at all really.

Author

Commented:
Thanks Jim - I'm sure you are right.

I also read the article on https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee624351.aspx but unfortunately the words "SBS" or even "Small Business Server" and not mentioned there so I had to assume that it was OK since lots of Googleing could neither confirm nor deny Access 2013 could run on it.

Carlton