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Windows Server 2022 – Add Roles and Features Error 0x80073701

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Windows Server 2022 – Add Roles and Features Error 0x80073701

I have a server installed with Windows Server 2022, when installing the IIS from Add Roles and Features it fails with the below error message:

The request to add or remove features on the specified server failed. Installation of one or more roles, roles services, or features failed. The reference assembly could not be found. Error: 0x80073701

The below approach work for me:

  1. Mount the Windows 2022 ISO and run the setup.exe as an administrator.
  2. Under Get updates, drives and options features, select Not right now.
  1. Select “keep all the data and files”.
  2. Install all the updates.

It restarts the servers to finish with the installation and after that I could successfully install the IIS from Add Roles and Features.

Comments (4)

  1. HM


    This method worked. We were able to install IIS on a Windows 2019 server after following your article.


    January 16, 2023 at 5:21 am
  2. ac

    Worked for me as well.. Tried all the other microsoft articles regarding sfc scan and dsim package re-install, but this worked. Thanks.

    June 8, 2023 at 8:10 am
  3. Dennis

    Searched for a solution for this problem. Tries various things, but this is the only thing that worked. Better than re-installing. Side note: You have to reactivate the licence after this procedure.

    Thank you for this tip!

    September 13, 2023 at 3:04 pm
    1. Amir Moiz Gulamaliwala

      Thank you Dennis for the update.

      September 18, 2023 at 2:02 pm

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