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Error Installing Software on a Terminal Server

Description – When installing software on a Terminal Server you receive an error that says, “Only administrators have permission to add, remove, or configure server software during a Terminal services remote session. If you want to install or configure software on the server, contact your network administrator.” You receive this error even if you are a local administrator.

Solution 1 – Log in to the console or RDP to the Console/Admin session. Use “mstsc /console” on Windows Server 2003 or “mstsc /admin” on Windows Server 2008.

Solution 2 – Browse to HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer. Create a DWORD value called EnableAdminTSRemote & set it to 1

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  1. MD Aslam
    May 26, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Thanx… Worked for me…..

  2. David Walker
    March 28, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    For the registry key:

    “Beginning with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, this policy no longer has any effect. An administrator can perform an installation from the console session of a terminal server. An administrator can also perform an installation from a client session of the terminal server.

    For more information, see Terminal Services in the Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (SDK).”

    From http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa368353(v=vs.85).aspx

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