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I am using SharePoint 2016 on Windows Server 2016 (with GUI). Created a new SharePoint 2010 type workflow and started approval process which automatically created a task form. I then opened that task form in InfoPath 2013 and tried to publish it without making any changes but getting error:

The form template has been published to the server but it can only be opened in infopath filler

I keep seeing that I need to enable Desktop Experience but that is for Windows 2012. I am not sure if I have Desktop Experience on Windows Server 2016 but I am connected via RDP and there is GUI and everything so I guess Desktop Experience is enabled?

How do I fix this issue?

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You may check your version of Windows Server 2016 via registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\InstallationType 

For OS with Desktop Experience, the REG_SZ Value is "Server" and otherwise the value is "Server Core".

You cannot just enable this feature if you are in another version, a clean installation is required.

Reference: programmatically check if desktop experience is installed or not windows server 2016.

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  • Installation type is "Server" – Frank Martin Oct 14 '20 at 9:42

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