Michael Pietroforte

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor of 4sysops. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 30 years of experience in IT management and system administration.

A while ago, I liked to an article that explains how to install the Adminpak on Windows Vista. Meanwhile I found out that there is a much easier way.

After downloading the Adminpak (Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Administration Tools Pack or Windows Server 2003 R2 Administration Tools Pack), you have to register the DLLs properly. Just copy the list below to a command prompt, you opened with Administrator privileges. (Right click and select "Run as Administrator".)
regsvr32 /s adprop.dll
regsvr32 /s azroles.dll
regsvr32 /s azroleui.dll
regsvr32 /s ccfg95.dll
regsvr32 /s certadm.dll
regsvr32 /s certmmc.dll
regsvr32 /s certpdef.dll
regsvr32 /s certtmpl.dll
regsvr32 /s certxds.dll
regsvr32 /s cladmwiz.dll
regsvr32 /s clcfgsrv.dll
regsvr32 /s clnetrex.dll
regsvr32 /s cluadmex.dll
regsvr32 /s cluadmmc.dll
regsvr32 /s cmproxy.dll
regsvr32 /s cmroute.dll
regsvr32 /s cmutoa.dll
regsvr32 /s cnet16.dll
regsvr32 /s debugex.dll
regsvr32 /s dfscore.dll
regsvr32 /s dfsgui.dll
regsvr32 /s dhcpsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s dnsmgr.dll
regsvr32 /s domadmin.dll
regsvr32 /s dsadmin.dll
regsvr32 /s dsuiwiz.dll
regsvr32 /s imadmui.dll
regsvr32 /s lrwizdll.dll
regsvr32 /s mprsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s msclus.dll
regsvr32 /s mstsmhst.dll
regsvr32 /s mstsmmc.dll
regsvr32 /s nntpadm.dll
regsvr32 /s nntpapi.dll
regsvr32 /s nntpsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s ntdsbsrv.dll
regsvr32 /s ntfrsapi.dll
regsvr32 /s rasuser.dll
regsvr32 /s rigpsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s rsadmin.dll
regsvr32 /s rscommon.dll
regsvr32 /s rsconn.dll
regsvr32 /s rsengps.dll
regsvr32 /s rsjob.dll
regsvr32 /s rsservps.dll
regsvr32 /s rsshell.dll
regsvr32 /s rssubps.dll
regsvr32 /s rtrfiltr.dll
regsvr32 /s schmmgmt.dll
regsvr32 /s tapisnap.dll
regsvr32 /s tsuserex.dll
regsvr32 /s uddi.mmc.dll
regsvr32 /s vsstskex.dll
regsvr32 /s w95inf16.dll
regsvr32 /s w95inf32.dll
regsvr32 /s winsevnt.dll
regsvr32 /s winsmon.dll
regsvr32 /s winsrpc.dll
regsvr32 /s winssnap.dll
regsvr32 /s ws03res.dll

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  1. G 11 years ago

    This solved my problem. Great tip.


  2. Pete 11 years ago

    I'm not able to install it on 64bit Vista RTM. It doesn't even run through the install wizard. It tells me "cannot install except for 32bit Windows XP or Windows 2003 server>"


  3. Shawn 11 years ago

    This worked for me as well!


  4. LoONeYChIKuN 11 years ago

    Nice tip...After registering the DLLs everything worked fine : )


  5. Andre 11 years ago

    Didn't work for me I am using the full version


  6. John 11 years ago

    It did not work for me either using the official release of Vista Ultimate.


  7. Dustn 11 years ago

    It worked for me using the enterprise edition of vista and the latest adminpak linked above.

    Thanks for the work man.


  8. Charles Harris 11 years ago

    Worked for the most part, but I cannot add a user. You get the error "The specified module could not be found". So there is still something missing.

    This is on Vista Enterprise.


  9. Osvaldo 11 years ago

    Terminal Services Manager does not work for me.


  10. Deepu Pillai 11 years ago

    Its cool.......


  11. e winner 11 years ago

    In Visita Home Basic, the Administrative permissions are now very limited, and many functions are either inaccessible or only indirectly accessible. for further remarks, see my comment to article: "Windows Vista guides for sysops and Bill Gates’ wrong prediction".


  12. Peter G 11 years ago

    A batch or cmd file could be created to equal what's written above and then run after the installation of AdminPack to resolve this issue.

    Per Microsoft, copy the following text into a text file and rename the extension ".cmd" and you'll have yourself a cmd file that you can pass around:
    @echo off

    REM RegisterAdminPak.cmd
    REM (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    set filelist=adprop.dll azroles.dll azroleui.dll ccfg95.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% certadm.dll certmmc.dll certpdef.dll certtmpl.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% certxds.dll cladmwiz.dll clcfgsrv.dll clnetrex.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% cluadmex.dll cluadmmc.dll cmproxy.dll cmroute.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% cmutoa.dll cnet16.dll debugex.dll dfscore.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% dfsgui.dll dhcpsnap.dll dnsmgr.dll domadmin.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% dsadmin.dll dsuiwiz.dll imadmui.dll lrwizdll.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% mprsnap.dll msclus.dll mstsmhst.dll mstsmmc.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% nntpadm.dll nntpapi.dll nntpsnap.dll ntdsbsrv.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% ntfrsapi.dll rasuser.dll rigpsnap.dll rsadmin.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% rscommon.dll rsconn.dll rsengps.dll rsjob.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% rsservps.dll rsshell.dll rssubps.dll rtrfiltr.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% schmmgmt.dll tapisnap.dll tsuserex.dll vsstskex.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% w95inf16.dll w95inf32.dll winsevnt.dll winsmon.dll
    set filelist=%filelist% winsrpc.dll winssnap.dll ws03res.dll

    for %%i in (%filelist%) do (
    echo Registering %%i ...
    regsvr32 /s %%i

    Echo Command Completed


  13. Wingod 11 years ago

    Nicely done! Worked perfectly on my Vista Ultimate Enterprise.


  14. Justin Miller 11 years ago

    I was able to get the AdminPak working by using a combination of the dll registering tip and running the install exe as administrator, after doing that, everything works great.


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  16. Amidamaru 10 years ago

    I have installed the Admin Pack for Windows 2003 Service Pack 2 downloaded from Microsoft Site on my Windows VISTA Enterprise Edition SP1 and until now everything is ok without making any registration.


  17. Michael Pietroforte 10 years ago

    Amidamaru, I tried it, too. Please see my comment here.


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