I'm experimenting with the remote desktop services role (terminal server) on server 2008 and I'm not entirely sure if the installation of a language pack should be done in "install mode".

Is it a "best practice" to use "install mode" for ALL installations once the RDS role is active or should I be selective depending on what is installed, e.g. language pack?


Anything that installs that makes changes to the HKCU registry hive on a TS/RDS server also gets written to what is called a shadow key, but only when the server is in install mode. Those settings/keys are then applied to all users that log on to the TS/RDS server.

It's best practice to install ALL software in install mode.

Have a read here:


  • Glad to help... – joeqwerty Aug 23 '12 at 14:53
  • is this still true for Windows Server 2012 R2, i.e. that all software should be installed after changing to install mode? – joshu Feb 5 '14 at 16:31

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