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Silent installation of Windows applications - MSIEXEC parameters

A - answer When preparing a setup of standard user environment for multiple workstations, you often need an automated, silent installation of a software application, a program module, or an add-on (e.g. an "object enabler" for CAD applications) - e.g. from a login script (.BAT/.CMD). The following parameters for the standard Windows installation program MSIEXEC can "make silent" any program installation distributed as a .msi package.

An example of a runstring for silent installation of the DWG viewer Autodesk TrueView:

msiexec /norestart /passive /L*v "%temp%\MyDwgTVinstall.log" /i "D:\App\DWG_TrueView_2013_-_English.msi"

  • The parameter /norestart prevents any forced system restarts (if prescribed in the MSI)
  • The parameter /passive suppresses all prompts of the installer and displays only a progress bar; if you don't want to display it, use the parameter /qb! instead
  • The parameter /L*v enables verbose logging stored to the specified .LOG file (in the TEMP folder)
  • After the parameter /i you must specify the path to the respective .msi installation package (file names should be "quoted")

Please note that MSI files can be obtained from most installations by manual unpacking the distribution archive (EXE), or by launching the EXE installation and copying its temporary (unpacked) files.

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See also:
Tip 4395:Quiet installation of Arkance Systems (XANADU, CAD Studio) applications.
Tip 3874:Silent network setup (deployment) of Volo View Express.

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