How To: Install RSAT Stuck on “Searching for updates on this computer”


Recently, I had to install Remote Server Administration Tools on a Windows 8.1 Update 1 (32 bit) PC.

So I downloaded Windows8.1-KB2693643-x86.msu and as normally, executed the file to install it.

But  after several minutes, I found the installer had stuck on “Searching for updates on this computer”.



After some further investigation, I found that the process was stale and was not even using any resources (CPU, RAM, HDD etc.).




Even after trying many times, it always stuck at the same screen. So I just ended the process and started looking for the solution to the problem.


The solution through which I was able to get my task done was:

  1. Download UniExtract: A tool to extract files from exe, msi, cab, and any other type of archives.
    You can also use any other archiving tool like WinRar etc.
  2. Extract the files from the Windows8.1-KB2693643-x86.msu to a folder.
  3. Now, file from the extracted files had to be installed.
  4. To install the .cab file, do the following:
    1. Open the command Prompt in Admin Mode
    2. Navigate to the directory where the files are extracted
    3. Type: dism /online /add-package /
      You can also give path in the command as:
      dism /online /add-package /packagepath:D:\RSAT\ 
    4. Wait until you get the following:
    5. Congratulations!!! The Remote Server Administration Tools have successfully been installed onto the system.


  1. Very informative and detail view..........

  2. Thank you! I thought some it might help someome with the same problem as i could not find any other mention of this problem on internet.
    Alongwith, this will also serve as my refrence point in future in case i forget somethiñg. 😃


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