How to Install Admin Tools On Windows 8 – (Remote Server Administration Tools – RSAT)

Remote Server Administration Tools – RSAT, also called as Admin tools is an very important tool set to manage most of the Microsoft Windows server Operating Systems and services. This simple guide shows you how to install admin tools on Windows 8 and disable or enable specific admin tools. If you are going to upgrade your existing Windows 7 or XP to Windows 8, then you must install latest admin tools to manage MS Windows servers, services and features at your office.

Admin tools (Remote Server Administration Tools – RSAT) is always a separate package which needs to be downloaded from Microsoft website. Installation is very easy, and disabling/enabling specific tools can be done in control panel.

RSAT for Windows 8 is having few improved features than earlier versions.

“Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. Some of the tools work for managing roles and features on Windows Server 2003.”

You can find more information about Windows 8 admin tool here in official site.


How to Download and Install Admin Tools on Windows 8

1) Download the correct version of your running Windows 8 architecture ( 32bit or 64bit) from here.

windows 8 admin tools


2) Press ‘Yes’ and continue the installation.

request to install

Installation is straight forward.

3) All tools/utilities in Windows 8 admin tools will be installed and can be used without enabling them in control panel. But if you could remember in Windows 7 admin tools and earlier Operating Systems, after the admin tools installation we need to go to Programs and Features in control panel to enable the utilities we require.

4) After the installation, you can see two icons on Windows 8 screen.

admin tools on desktop

If you like to show all admin tools on Windows 8 UI Metro start screen, follow this guide on how to show Administrative tools on Metro UI.

If not, all other admin tools can be found under Apps.

more admin tools


Remove or Turn Off Unwanted Tools

As I said earlier, the package installs all utilities with the admin tools on Windows 8, which may not require most of the time. Follow the below steps to remove (or Turn off) unwanted tools.

Go to Control Panel (Press Windows Key +R, then type ‘control’ on Run box) and click on ‘Programs and Features’. Click ‘Turn Windows ….’ and remove the tick from the tools you want to disable (or remove) and press OK.

remove unwanted tools


To uninstall admin tools completely from Windows 8 computer, uninstall the ‘Update for Microsoft Windows (KB2693643)’


I’m sure this guide would be useful to install admin tools on Windows 8 and manage Windows 2012, 2008 R2 servers.