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Package Manager

Updated: December 16, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Package Manager is a tool that installs or removes packages or Windows components. It is called by Windows Setup during normal installation, including unattended installation, and runs transparently while updating or installing Windows. For unattended installation of hotfixes or other updates, you must run Package Manager manually at a command prompt.

You can also use Package Manager for enabling or disabling optional features and servicing an offline Windows image. For more information about Package Manager, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=91915.

Managed Entities

The following is a list of the managed entities that are included in this managed entity:

Name Description

Component-Based Servicing

Component-Based Servicing (CBS) is part of the servicing stack. The servicing stack is a set of files and resources that are required to service a Windows image or operating system. The servicing stack is available on all Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 installations, as well as in the Windows Automated Installation Kit AIK (Windows AIK) and the Windows OEM Preinstallation Kit (Windows OPK). CBS provides various APIs (which are not publicly available) to its client installers to service the operating system components. Client installers such as Windows Update or Windows Installer work with CBS to enumerate, install, update, and uninstall component packages on the destination operating system. CBS interacts with the Component Servicing Infrastructure to perform the necessary system changes.

For more information about CBS, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=91917.

Related Management Information

Setup Infrastructure

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