Install RSAT Tools on Windows 10 version 1809 and later

This post covers the steps to install RSAT tools on Windows 10 version 1809 and later. Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 lets IT administrators manage Windows Server from a remote computer running Windows 10. In the past RSAT tools were available for downloads in the form of .msu files. So one could simply download the msu file and install RSAT Tools.

Another way of deploying RSAT tools was using SCCM. Here is my blog post on deploying RSAT tools for windows 10 using SCCM.

Starting with Windows 10 October 2018 Update, RSAT is included as a set of “Features on Demand” in Windows 10. That means you do not need to download an RSAT package now. Instead, on your Windows 10 computer, go to “Manage optional features” in Settings and click “Add a feature”. You will see the list of available RSAT tools. Select and install the specific RSAT tools you need.

Suppose that I require only group policy management tool, I can simply select Group Policy Management Tools and install it. Most of all the advantage of installing it via Features on Demand is that installed features persist across Windows 10 version upgrades.

Before you plan to install RSAT tools on Windows 10 version 1809, ensure you read the below points.

  • You cannot install RSAT on computers that are running Home or Standard editions of Windows.
  • You can install RSAT only on Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise editions.

Method 1 – Using Add a Feature Install RSAT Tools on Windows 10 version 1809

To install RSAT Tools on Windows 10 version 1809, click Start. Click Settings and from the settings page, click Apps.

Install RSAT Tools on Windows 10 version 1809

On the right pane, under Apps & features, click Manage optional features.

Install RSAT Tools on Windows 10 version 1809

Now click + Add a feature.

Install RSAT Tools on Windows 10 version 1809

Wait for the list of features to be populated. Scroll down until you see RSAT features. Now select any of the RSAT feature that you wish to install. In this case, I am selecting RSAT: Group Policy Management Tools feature. Click Install.

Install RSAT Tools on Windows 10 version 1809

Click the back icon and wait until the feature is installed. Now you should find Group Policy Management Tools under Start > Windows Administrative Tools.

Install RSAT Tools on Windows 10 version 1809

Method 2 – Using DISM to Install RSAT Tools on Windows 10 version 1809

In addition to installing via the graphical Settings app, you can also install specific RSAT tools via command line or automation using DISM /Add-Capability.

On Windows 10 computer, launch the command prompt as administrator. Run the below command.

DISM.exe /Online /Get-Capabilities

This command lists all the capabilities and shows whether the capability is present or not present. In this case, I will be installing the RSAT group policy management tools. Therefore right click and copy the capability identity.

Install RSAT Tools on Windows 10 version 1809

Now in the same command prompt, run the below command to install RSAT Group policy management tools.

DISM.exe /Online /add-capability /CapabilityName:Rsat.GroupPolicy.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0

The tools are installed and you will see the message that the operation is completed successfully.

Uninstall RSAT Feature on Windows 10

In the above steps you understood how to install RSAT feature. To uninstall the RSAT feature, go to Manage optional features. Select the RSAT feature that’s currently installed on Windows 10. Click Uninstall and this will uninstall the selected RSAT feature.

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nalinu uduwawala
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nalinu uduwawala

HI Prajwal, Thanks for this blog. Is it me or have you noticed that there is no more an option for RSAT Active Directory users and computers in the feature set? Does it come under server management tools? Also even though my optional features show that Group policy management tools are installed I can’t find them. I have come across a new feature called Active Directory administration centre! But as per usual I am not sure what it gives you. It’s an enigma at this stage as I only came across it a few minutes ago. Any ideas? I am… Read more »

AnotherUser
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AnotherUser

We also do not allow our administrative accounts to access the internet. So there is another option – FOD ISOs – which total 9GB, imagine trying to put those in a package… how is this even remotely useful for system administrators? previously I could deploy a small 50MB package of RSAT tools, now I have to dig through 2 4.5GB ISOs to find the tools I need, extract them somehow and install them with DISM? 1 step forward 10 steps back smh

Manikanta Tunuguntla
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Manikanta Tunuguntla

how can i get offline files for the same, so that it is easy to manage

Ricky
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Ricky

Absolutely zero of the solutions on this page and in the comments have worked for me. I have been trying to get RSAT to install for 6 hours now, including upgrading Win 10 from 1803 to 1903. This was SO MUCH EASIER to do on Win7. Even when I run the command line install, it says “element not found” even though I copied directly from the capabilities list. Seems to work with other packages, just not RSAT. I got a couple of them installed, but there are no shortcuts anywhere, nor are the snap-ins available in mmc. Now a couple… Read more »

Paul L
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Paul L

The GPEdit instructions below also worked for me! thank you!

Paul T. Ireland
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Paul T. Ireland

I do not have access to pull it down from Windows Update because updates are controlled by another group at my company. How can I get RSAT for Windows 10 1903 without going through Windows Update?

shanmugam9292
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shanmugam9292

try to find offline installer…

chg
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chg

……………………………………….. how about be helpful and provide a link.

Chris
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Chris

If your company is blocking access to windows update, you need to download the FoD (Features on Demand) ISO, I don’t know of a public link for it, our software group downloaded it using our company’s account. There are 2 FoD ISOs, you only need the first one for RSAT. Mount the ISO and either copy it’s contents to a network location (for company wide installs) or you can use the mounted ISO as the source for your own local install and then you can use the commands above, just be sure to include -limitaccess and -source. Limitaccess tells it… Read more »

Jagdessh
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Jagdessh

The steps worked perfectly fine. Thanks Prajwal !!!

Dennis
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Dennis

Thank you all for the info. I could not get it to work through the GUI by adding a feature. Also failed from DISM until I made the GPEDIT change. Now I can install the tools and will put in a GPO to push the change to all Admin workstations!

James Blomgren
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James Blomgren

Thanks for the direction but has Microsoft removed access to files, as I get this in the DISM/CBS logs: DISM Package Manager: PID=10664 TID=8680 Error in operation: (null) (CBS HRESULT=0x800f0950) – CCbsConUIHandler::Error DISM Package Manager: PID=10664 TID=10700 Failed finalizing changes. – CDISMPackageManager::Internal_Finalize(hr:0x800f0950) DISM Package Manager: PID=10664 TID=10700 Failed processing package changes with session options – CDISMPackageManager::ProcessChangesWithOptions(hr:0x800f0950) DISM Package Manager: PID=10664 TID=10700 Failed to install capability. – CPackageManagerCLIHandler::ProcessCmdLine_AddCapability(hr:0x800f0950) DISM Package Manager: PID=10664 TID=10700 Failed while processing command add-capability. – CPackageManagerCLIHandler::ExecuteCmdLine(hr:0x800f0950) DISM Package Manager: PID=10664 TID=10700 Further logs for online package and feature related operations can be found at %WINDIR%\logs\CBS\cbs.log – CPackageManagerCLIHandler::ExecuteCmdLine… Read more »

Orion_TW
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Orion_TW

run gpedit
click on computer configuration>administrative templates>system>
click on ‘specify settings for optional component installation and component repair’
click ‘Enabled’
click on ‘Download repair content and optional features directly from windows update instead of windows server update services (wsus)..
click ok

after that you should be able to use GUI or DISM to install RSAT (as listed Prajwal Desai above)

Good luck

Pat Furrie
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Pat Furrie

No joy. Made the change in gpedit. Afterwards, neither the GUI nor DISM method worked. The GUI list just reloads immediately, with nothing changed. The DISM method shows this error:

“Deployment Image Services and Management tool
Version: 10.0.17762.1

Image Version: 10.0.17763.529

[==============================100%==============================]

Error: 0x8024002e

DISM Failed. No operation was performed”

Yusuf AHMADI
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Yusuf AHMADI

Hello,
I wasn’t success to do both method solution, please advise.
1. Using Add feature there is any error with error code : 0x80240438
2. Using command prompt there is any error as below:
Error: 740

Elevated permissions are required to run DISM.
Use an elevated command prompt to complete these tasks.

Please Help.
Yusuf AHMADI

Orion_TW
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Orion_TW

run gpedit
click on computer configuration>administrative templates>system>
click on ‘specify settings for optional component installation and component repair’
click ‘Enabled’
click on ‘Download repair content and optional features directly from windows update instead of windows server update services (wsus)..
click ok

after that you should be able to use GUI or DISM to install RSAT

Good luck

Frustrated Again by Microsoft
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Frustrated Again by Microsoft

Microsoft sucks! Does anybody know how to install RSAT, either through GUI or command line, on systems that won’t come up with available optional features, and where the DISM method produces error 87 “No Windows features were specified” (get-features will not show RSAT as an option).

Too bad Microsoft won’t just leave the old downloads around instead of throwing out buggy hacks, then taking away what actually worked!

Daniel
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Daniel

All I did was download the latest 1803×64 and ran it. All features installed fine.

Joel
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Joel

I’ve tried the GUI method on 3 different windows 10 1809 pc’s and it won’t work…When I click “add a feature” I just get the spinning dots. Command line works fine, which is the way I prefer anyways!

Asad
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Asad

Good Day.

I have tried DISM.exe /Online /Get-Capabilities and it’s not work.Do you have any options?

Gary Knigge
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Gary Knigge

Hello. A slight correction if I may. The command line for dism is
DISM.exe /Online /Get-Capabilities
Your example is missing the final ‘i’ in Get-Capabilities

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