RSAT for Windows 10 is available, but you might have trouble installing it. Here’s a workaround.

Good news and bad news. Good news! The Remote Server Administration Tools (aka RSAT) for Windows 10 is now available and you can download it here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=45520

Now for the bad news: It doesn’t always install correctly. Or, in fact, at all on some machines. The installer runs happily enough but none of your tools will show up.

Luckily there is a workaround, albeit a completely inconvenient one. The issue stems from Languages, specifically any machine that doesn’t have the en-US language pack installed. To fix, you need to go to the Classic Control panel and click “Language”:

Then Add a language:

Scroll down and select English:

Then add English (United States):

It has to be English US, even if you’ve already got an English language on your system.

Once you’ve added this language, you need to go into the Options for that langauge:

And ensure you have the language pack actually installed (like below):

If it’s not installed, you’ll see an option to download it.

Once it’s installed, restart (you may want to make this your primary language temporarily to ensure it works) and install the Windows 10 RSAT tools. Reboot once more, you should have your tools available and you can adjust as necessary what is installed via the usual Programs and features:

Note: Some tools are not yet available in this version of RSAT, such as DHCP. See the release notes for more information.

Once the tools are installed, you can switch your primary language back to whatever it was before.

Hopefully a later version of RSAT addresses this issue.

  • Topher Wilkes

    Hey thanks for this post. I have this exact problem. The RSAT tools install runs and completes successfully (but it goes far too quick and doesnt seem to install anything) and at the end I do not have the RSAT tools installed. If I run the installer again it does the same thing. The update doesnt show up in “Installed Updates” so I cannot remove it. I tried your method of adding US English but mine looks like the attachment. Any ideas? Thanks heaps.

    • Hi, looks like you’ll need to download the language pack separately. They’re available as .ISO files, but I think you need to have access via MSDN to get them.

      • Topher Wilkes

        Hey thanks for the reply. I tried to manually install the English US Language pack from the cab file I downloaded and receive the error below. Hmmm any other ideas?

  • For those who don’t have MSDN subscription, you can get EN-US language pack from here:
    http://www.mysysadmintips.com/windows/clients/638-install-windows-10-language-pack-manually

  • RobertSeattle

    DHCP is missing post install.

    • As stated in the post above, a few tools are missing from this release, likely they’ll be in an updated release for when Server 2016 gets released.

      Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 can be used to manage
      roles and features that are running on Windows Server Technical Preview,
      with the following exceptions:

      DHCP Tools. Dhcpmgmt.msc is not available in this release of RSAT, but equivalent Windows PowerShell cmdlets are available.

      IP Address Management (IPAM) Tools. IPAM tools are not available in this release of RSAT.

      Network Policy Server Tools. The NPS console is not supported on a Windows client-based operating system, and will be removed from future releases of RSAT.

      Routing and Remote Access Tools. Routing and Remote Access
      Tools that are GUI-based cannot be used for remote configuration in this
      release of RSAT, but the equivalent Windows PowerShell cmdlets are
      available.

      Source: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45520

      • RobertSeattle

        OK, but this is confusing since it “appears” there since it is Checked in the Windows Features. BTW, Who reads release notes? ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Or indeed the articles they’re commenting on ๐Ÿ˜‰

          But yes, that is confusing and hopefully the RSAT team will make due on their promise.

  • phuzz

    It would have been nice if someone at Microsoft had tried installing RSAT on at least one computer without en-US installed. Just one.

    • Peter Lay

      Agreed! I have been trying to figure this out for ages…

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  • Paul M. Lundgren

    So I have the following issue: I have a windows 10 machine that IS an English (US) computer, but the installer just hangs on “Initializing installation.” Anyone heard of this?

  • bar10dr

    Still not fixed… thank god I found this article it was driving me crazy

  • Idy

    Still not fixed on 1607…

  • surfshop

    no option to download… Microsoft again with its dumb software

  • JoeSpur

    Thanks for this tip, I can’t believe these oversights are still occurring in 2016! Wow!

  • Craig Ewers

    Thx – worked for me!

  • Juan Rivera

    I have a question for y’all smart people, I’m running an old build of W10 (10586) and I have looked everywhere for an older version of RSAT but every link sends me to the Microsoft site which contains the latest version of RSAT which is not compatible with my build. Any help will be greatly appreciate it !