How to run LDP and DS (Directory Services) Family tools without installing RSAT Package

WaheGuru G Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru G Ki Fateh

Intended Audience & Prerequisite Knowledge:

Intended Audience: This Post is for Audience:

  • Who want to run LDP and DS Tools (like  DSquery, DSadd, DSmod, DSmove, DSget, DSrm) without installing RSAT tools
  • Windows Admins | Enthusiast Admins

Prerequisite Knowledge:

  • ADDS – Active Directory Directory Services – Strong Basics


In this Post, we highlight a way to run the common ADDS tools such LDP.exe and DS Family of tools such as DSadd.exe | DSquery.exe (which are only available once we have RSAT Tools [with starting of Windows 6.x releases]) without installing RSAT Tools, and run them like Portable tools.

In order to run these Tools, we need to copy these Tools images (Binary EXE files) from an existing System (with same architecture) and paste those EXE files under %SystemRoot%\System32. We also need to copy the associated Language files (MUI) of these binary files under %SystemRoot%\System32\en-US (where is en-US is your System Locale). For your Convenience, you can download LDP  and DS Tools from the URLs shown below. We provide both 32 and 64 Bit images and their associated Language files in discrete 7z archive files (extractable using 7z/Winrar).

Note: Now if you are trying to run 32Bit images on a 64Bit System (provided WOW64 is working), then you need to copy the 32Bit Images under %SystemRoot%\SysWow64 and their associated Language files (MUI) under %SystemRoot%\SysWow64\en-US


The Language files dependency of these Binary Images was discovered using Sysinternal’s Procmon, as shown below:




Now if we try to run LDP without copying its associated Language MUI file, them we will get caution prompt stating “Unable to create new document”, as shown below & LPD won’t work.



And if we try to run DS Tools without copying their associated Language MUI files, then DS tools won’t show any output when executed. So, we need to their associated Language MUI files prior to executing them.


Hope this helps and Cheers :) | Your feedback is highly appreciated.

WaheGuru G Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru G Ki Fateh




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