May 2, 2017

Office Online Server on Windows Server 2016: 'InkandHandwritingServices' was not found


When installing Office Online Server on Windows Server 2016, and using the Add-WindowsFeature script provided on all of the installation instruction articles, such as this, you will get error

Add-WindowsFeature : ArgumentNotValid: The role, role service, or feature name is not valid: 'InkandHandwritingServices'. The name was not found.


Windows Server 2016 doesn’t contain Ink And Handwriting Services, so omit that from the Add-WindowsFeature command. So, working script for WS2016 is:

Add-WindowsFeature Web-Server,Web-Mgmt-Tools,Web-Mgmt-Console,Web-WebServer,Web-Common-Http,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Static-Content,Web-Performance,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Security,Web-Filtering,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-App-Dev,Web-Net-Ext45,Web-Asp-Net45,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-Includes,NET-Framework-Features,NET-Framework-Core,NET-HTTP-Activation,NET-Non-HTTP-Activ,NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45


  1. It works for me :-) OOS Setup was runs without an error.

    1. you can setup ! but you won't be able to install the Online Office Farm , and then it's useless!!!

    2. Confirmed, I am not able to run the New-OfficeWebAppsFarm command to setup a new farm. I have the latest ISO (Nov-2017 release).

      I have Windows Server 2016 Std, All windows features installed as per the updated article ( and installed all the pre-requisites. OOS installation happens smoothly, no issues.
      When you run the New-OfficeWebAppsFarm cmdlet, bam! You get the error - The "Ink and Handwriting Services" Windows Server feature must be installed and enabled.

      So basically, even after 1.5 years - Office Online Server still does not work on Windows Server 2016.