You cannot offer Remote Assistance to another user when you use a mandatory profile in Windows Server 2008 R2

Applies to: Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1


When you log on by using a mandatory profile, you cannot offer Remote Assistance to another user. 

Note Offered Remote Assistance is also known as unsolicited Remote Assistance.

When you use the user interface or the command prompt (MSRA /offerRA computer_name), you receive the following error message. This message is possibly misleading. It states that Remote Assistance is not possible when a guest profile is used.

There was a problem starting Remote Assistance - Remote Assistance is unavailable for the current user account. If you are using a Windows Guest account, try logging in with another account. If you are not using a Guest account, try restarting your machine.


This problem occurs because Remote Assistance that is not unsolicited requires the cryptographic library to encrypt a Remote Assistance ticket. Cryptography is not enabled when mandatory or guest profiles are used because private key material cannot be persisted. However, for unsolicited Remote Assistance, cryptography is not actually required, and the error message is displayed incorrectly.


Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft Support. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, go to the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


To apply this hotfix, you must have Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 installed.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any previously released hotfix.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


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