Windows 7 – How to install the Active Directory Users and Computers tools

The Active Directory Users and Computers tools come as part of the Microsoft Server Tools. Once the Server Tools are installed you are able to add the Active Directory Users and Computers tools features to the computer. The steps below detail how to do this.

Step 1: Download from Microsoft website

  1. Download the package here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-AU/download/details.aspx?id=7887 – make sure to select the correct one for your system, 32-bit or 64-bit

Step 2: Install the update package

  1. When you run the update package you will see this message, which explains that you are able to install an update – click ‘Yes’
  2. Then after reading and agreeing to the terms, click ‘I Accept’
  3. The installation will take a few minutes, when complete click ‘Close’

Step 3: Turn on the “feature”

  1. Open the Windows Start menu and in the search box type ‘Programs and Features’.
  2. When it appears above, click on the icon for ‘Programs and Features’
  3. On the left of the window click on the link for ‘Turn Windows features on or off’
  4. Expand Remote Server Administration Tools > Role Administration Tools > AD DS and AD LDS Tools > AD DS Tools
  5. Place a tick next to ‘Active Directory Administrative Center’
  6. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes
  7. Once it is installed you can use the Windows Start menu to find ‘Active Directory Users and Computers’

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12 comments on “Windows 7 – How to install the Active Directory Users and Computers tools

  1. When I run the .msu, I get a window with a title bar that says: Windows Update Standalone Installer. The window text is: Searching for updates on this computer. There’s a progress bar that just keeps going and going, not finding anything.

  2. This may have changed since it was first posted, but “Role Administration Tools” is found under “Remote Server Administration Tools,” it isn’t a standalone folder.

  3. First of all things, I have to thank you for this great and easy tutorial.

    With that being said, I wanted to let you know that I’ve done exactly as you, step by step but an error seems to appear when I try to open the “active users and computers” saying that there is no domain specified!
    What should I do to overcome this? How to add a valid domain? This is my first time handling Active directory and so on, far from being expert I am ! Hope you’ll be kind enough to offer me some guidance.

    Best regards,

    Olfa,

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