RSAT for Windows 10 – Now Batteries Included!

If you have been using Windows 10 as your remote administration workstation to manage your servers you have probably become very familiar with the Remote Server Adminstration Tools for Windows 10 or RSAT tool over the years.  In all previous versions of Windows 7, 8,  and Windows 10 through release 1803 you always had to download the RSAT tools from the Microsoft download site and install RSAT.

Download RSAT for Windows 10 prior to October 2018 update

Starting with the October 2018 update of Windows 10, RSAT is included as a set of “Features on Demand” included in Windows 10 itself. What this means is that you no longer need to download RSAT as a separate feature, instead it is already present as an installable feature within the OS.

To install specific RSAT tools on Windows 10 October 2018 Update or later

Starting with Windows 10 October 2018 Update, RSAT is included as a set of “Features on Demand” right from Windows 10. Do not download an RSAT package from this page. Instead, just go to “Manage optional features” in Settings and click “Add a feature” to see the list of available RSAT tools. Select and install the specific RSAT tools you need. To see installation progress, click the Back button to view status on the “Manage optional features” page.

See the list of RSAT tools available via Features on Demand. 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.

One benefit of Features on Demand is that installed features persist across Windows 10 version upgrades!

To uninstall specific RSAT tools on Windows 10 October 2018 Update or later

On Windows 10, open the Settings app, go to “Manage optional features”, select and uninstall the specific RSAT tools you wish to remove. Note that in some cases, you will need to manually uninstall dependencies. Specifically, if RSAT tool A is needed by RSAT tool B, then choosing to uninstall RSAT tool A will fail if RSAT tool B is still installed. In this case, uninstall RSAT tool B first, and then uninstall RSAT tool A. Also note that in some cases, uninstalling an RSAT tool may appear to succeed even though the tool is still installed. In this case, restarting the PC will complete the removal of the tool.

See the list of RSAT tools including dependencies. In addition to uninstalling via the graphical Settings app, you can also uninstall specific RSAT tools via command line or automation using DISM /Remove-Capability.

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