How to install RSAT on Windows 11: 3 easy ways

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  • Windows 11 users are quite happy with the way Microsoft decided to simplify some tasks that were tedious in the past.
  • For example, the installation of Remote Server Administration Tools proved to be a nuisance for some, on Windows 10.
  • With the new OS, this process is much more simple and can be done directly from the Settings menu, with no additional software.
How to install RSAT on Windows 11
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On the off chance you were wondering how exactly you can install the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) on Windows 11, we got you covered.

This process has been simplified, in comparison with the previous operating system, and users consider it more straightforward, as this Reddit post explains.

I just wanted to say that I like the way RSAT installation is easier in Windows 11 in that you can install from Apps>Optional features. In the past I recall having to install an MSI and _THEN_ install from Turn windows features on or off. This was a minor annoyance but it’s nice to see an easier method.

In the meantime, you can also look at our article about the newest Windows 11 build that brings new features but also a few bugs. There are quite a few reasons to wait for the next update, so don’t say that you haven’t been warned.

How do I install RSAT on my new Windows 11 OS?

1. Install RSAT components from Settings

  1. Press the Start menu button and click on the Settings icon.

2. From the left side menu select Apps, then click on Optional Features, on the right-side menu.

3. Now, from the Add an optional feature tab, click on the View features button, which is colored in blue.

4. Type RSAT in the search tab and select all the variants you want to install.

As we mentioned above, users that already performed this action declared themselves happy with the change that Microsoft made in this area.

Instead of seeking the help of some other software in order to get this done, now you can simply install RSAT from the Settings menu, and above are the simple steps to do it.

When the installation process is finished, there aren’t any other actions that you will be required to perform. Simply close the Settings menu and enjoy your new Windows 11 optional features.

2. Check the RSAT features installed

  1. Right-click the Start button and select Windows terminal (admin) from the list. A Windows PowerShell command window will appear.
  2. Type or paste the following command and press Enter to run it: Get-WindowsCapability -Name RSAT* -Online | Select-Object -Property DisplayName, State
  3. You will see the list of all RSAT components installed on your computer. This way you will know exactly what to install. In our case, there isn’t any installed.

The first step if you want to install the RSAT components is to check whether or not you have the right components you want. Perform the easy steps above to find out.

3. Install RSAT using PowerShell

3.1 Install the components all at once

  1. Open PowerShell as an administrator by right-clicking the Start button and selecting the Windows terminal (admin) option.
  2. Type or paste the following command and press Enter to run it: Get-WindowsCapability -Name RSAT* -Online | Add-Windows Capability -Online
  3. The process will take a few minutes depending on the capabilities of your system.

3.2 Install the components one by one

Instead of installing all the components in bulk like we’ve shown you in the previous procedure, you can also install them one by one.

All you need to do is to open an elevated PowerShell command window and run the following command, replacing the tool-name with the actual name of the RSAT tool you want to install: Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name tool-name

You will be able to see the exact tool names in the list that you’ve got in Step 2 of this guide.

If you need more information, you can check all the RSAT components and their specifications on Microsoft’s dedicated webpage.

How to run the RSAT tool on your computer

Now that you’ve seen how simple it is to install RSAT on Windows 11, do not hesitate to apply the below procedure and run the RSAT tool on your PC.

  1. Click the Start button and select All apps.
  2. Scroll down on the list of apps and select Windows Tools.
  3. In the next window you will find all the RSAT components you installed. Just double-click any to launch.

Let us know in the comments section below if you managed to install RSAT on Windows 11 or if you have any additional questions. We’d love to hear your opinion.

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