Windows 10 1809 and above: Install RSAT / Bypass WSUS

Query available RSAT-Tools (via Powershell)
Get-WindowsCapability -Online | ? Name -like "RSAT*"
Install needed tools (via Powershell)
Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~
Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name Rsat.GroupPolicy.Management.Tools~~~~
Install all tools (via Powershell)
Get-WindowsCapability -Online | ? Name -like "RSAT*"| Add-WindowsCapability -Online
Troubleshooting – WSUS prevents installing the RSAT-Tools

If the installation fails, it is possible that the tools are not available on the configured WSUS. So we have to disable the WSUS-Server

Check if WSUS is enabled
Get-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU" | select UseWuServer

If the value equals 1 you have to change it to 0

Disable WSUS (run powershell with administrative rights!)
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU"  -Name "UseWuServer" -Value 0
Reboot your PC or restart the WSUS-Service (via Powershell)
Stop-Service wuauserv -Force
Start-Service wuauserv
shutdown -r -t 5 -f


  1. Excellent article – really helped with our situation as we are running an internal WSUS server and RSAT was unavailable from this resource. Many thanks!

  2. This was very helpful! I did change one thing to save a step. I used Restart-Service as opposed to Stop-Service / Start-Service.

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