Friday, 31 May 2013

Windows 8 with UK Language fails to install RSAT

I came across a strange issue recently when attempting to install the Remote Server Admin Tools (RSAT) on a fully patched Windows 8 VM (The issue was encountered on VM but I assume I would have the same issue with a physical desktop / laptop).  I download the x64 version from Microsoft and proceeded to install.  After accepting the license agreement the installation started and then completed straight away:

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Now I knew the tools were not already installed so I attempted to install the x86 version and encountered the usual message advising that I should use the x64 (Which is what I expected).  After searching many TechNet forums I came across a few posts that advised that the tools will not install unless you have the English (United States) language pack installed.  I though this couldn’t be correct and set about testing just in case.  To install the English (United States) language pack open the Control Panel and select Add a Language:

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Browse to English and double click.  From there select the English (United States)

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You should now see both English (United Kingdom) and English (United States).

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Click on the English (United States) and select the option to Download and install language pack (accept any prompts along the way):

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Once the language pack has downloaded and installed simply start the RSAT installation again and it should install correctly this time:

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Once finished you can install the required RSAT tool via Programs and Features.

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