During a recent ConfigMgr 1511 to 1606 site upgrade, we updated the Windows ADK for Windows 10 from version 1511 to version 1607 prior to upgrading the Primary Site server. Prior to performing this change, we found that the Windows ADK 8.1 was still installed on the Primary Site server and decided to uninstall it as only the Windows ADK for Windows 10 1607 is required.

During the removal process of the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1, adksetup.exe crashed during the uninstall of the Windows Preinstallation Environment component.

Examining event viewer on the server showed the faulting application.

Additionally, examining the ADK logs in the logged on user’s temp folder showed that the adksetup.exe errored with ‘failed to plan dependency actions to unregister package’

Fortunately, the solution was fairly straightforward; reinstalling the Windows ADK 8.1 caused all installed components to re-register and after the process completed, we were able to successfully uninstall it!



Published On: October 21st, 2016 / Categories: ConfigMgr, Notes from the field /


  1. Sharath Joginipally 3 June, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    WoW! It worked like a charm. Thank you so much Sam.

  2. Ray Geering 19 October, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks, I had the same issue. Such an easy solution and I didn’t think of that myself.

  3. Ehtesham 26 February, 2019 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    It is very helpful. Thanks you Sam Lewis

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