This post describes a workaround that allows you to install RSAT on Windows 7 SP1.

Update: RSAT for Windows 7 SP1 is now available for download.

It appears I was a bit too rash with my claim that no workaround exists that allows you to install RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) on Windows 7 SP1. Of course, there is always a workaround. The only problem is that we often don't know about it. In this case, a 4sysops reader (chibisuke) knew the workaround and shared it on 4sysops. Thanks!

I guess those of you who are responsible for patch management have heard of the trick before. I tried it with RSAT on Windows 7 SP1, and it appeared to work fine. However, I didn't try all of the management tools to see if they work flawlessly. It might be safer to uninstall SP1 and then install RSAT or you wait until Microsoft released the RSAT version for Windows 7 SP1 which be the case in April (Andreas, thanks for the hint.)

In the description of this workaround, I assume that you want to install x86fre_GRMRSAT_MSU.msu. If you need amd64fre_GRMRSATX_MSU.msu, you have to change the file names accordingly. I also assume that you downloaded the RSAT MSU file to c:\tmp.The workaround description is slightly different than in chibisuke's comment.

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Install RSAT on Windows 7 SP1

  1. Launch a command prompt with Administrator rights.
  2. Execute the following commands:
    md c:\rsat
    expand -f:* c:\tmp\ rsat-windows-7-x86fre_GRMRSAT_MSU c:\rsat
    cd c:\rsat
    pkgmgr /n:Windows6.1-KB958830-x86.xml /l:log.txt
  3. Wait until this line appears in c:\log.txt: DISM Provider Store: PID=1120 Releasing the local reference to DISMLogger. Stop logging….
  4. Reboot.
  5. Launch the "Turn Windows Feature on or off" applet in the Control Panel under Programs, and enable the Remote Server Administration Tools or Role Administration Tools you need.

Step 3 is useful because it tells you when the installation of RSAT is completed. Chibisuke mentioned that a reboot prompt will appear when Package Manager is done, but this didn't happen in my case. I guess this means that no reboot was required, but I restarted anyway. Note that I didn't verify if the log message in 3 always appears at the end of the RSAT installation. Another sign that the installation completed is that when your hard drive stops spinning like wild.

Did this workaround work for you? Let me know.

  1. André 12 years ago

    Which Build have you used? This trick worked for Sp1 Beta but failed since Sp1 RC (also Sp1 RTM)

  2. I tried it with SP1 RTM. Only my second try worked, but it is possible that I made a mistake the first time.

  3. Mike 12 years ago

    Didn’t work for me, BUT! After a reboot I tried to install via x86fre_GRMRSAT_MSU.msu and it let me throgh. “Installing update kb958830″… and that’s it. Hope this helps! (win7 32 pro, fresh install, sp1 update from ms)

  4. alex 12 years ago

    like mike, the xml installed without fanfare following steps listed above, and after reboot, was able to apply the .msu….


  5. Pardip Bhatia 12 years ago

    Yes, it worked in the second attempt after the reboot

  6. André 12 years ago

    It doesn’t work.

    But I have a better solution. Expand the CAB again and install the MUMs.

  7. Luke 12 years ago

    Doesn’t work for me. I’m trying the 64 on Win 7 Pro (SP1). I may be doing something wrong, but I get an error message: “Operation failed with 0x80070002 The system cannot find the file specified.”

    Anyone know what I’m doing wrong?

  8. André 12 years ago

    I wrote a guide here:

    this works for me. The way here, not.

  9. Chris Brunnmeier 12 years ago

    The workaround worked flawlessly; however, I had to include the full path to the xml file:
    pkgmgr /n:c:\rsat\Windows6.1-KB958830-x86.xml /l:log.txt

    Thanks for the help…

    Microsoft… wake up!!!

  10. Moe 12 years ago

    Big fan of the site..but i would recommend everyone read this posting

    Quoted:But doing this sort of thing with MUM extraction and injection is *extremely unsupported and dangerous* and can lead to a lot of really nasty issues down the road.

    I would encourage everyone to post this link to all of the sites who have posted the workaround….I followed the workaround and am now in the process of rebuild the workstation as it was no longer functioning properly and failed to boot normal after implementing the workaround.

  11. Bob Dickert 12 years ago

    Do you know if this will be fixed at the beginning, middle or end of April?

    Does anyone know how this will be fixed? I’m guessing this has something to do with .dlls on Windows 2008 R2?

  12. BruceS 12 years ago

    This did not work for me. No error missages, just didn’t work. I’m running Windows 7 Pro x64 with SP1 on the DVD, so I can’t uninstall SP1 and re-install it.

  13. MikeW 12 years ago

    After your written steps, RSAT was still not available.
    However ran the msu once again and it installed succesfully. Thanks sofar ..

  14. Dave 12 years ago

    So once I install the workaround, how do I undo it?

    Tools are there, but do not work properly with server….

  15. Mirek G. 12 years ago

    Didn’t work for me, however just like Mike suggested, installation worked using amd64fre_GRMRSATX_MSU.msu on my 64bit Win7 with SP1.

  16. Paul 10 years ago

    I have tried everything to get this to work and I have gotten nowhere. I need to install Hyper-V on Win 7 SP1 64 and cant until this stupid tool is in. I cant uninstall SP1, its all built in. Since this is pretty old, are there any better ways that actually work?

  17. Steph 6 years ago

    Perfect fix !

    Worked like a charm for me !!

    Thanks for the trick.

  18. Imre 4 years ago

    What is the use of having this update installed?

    Is it required for security ?

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