Tuesday, August 24, 2010

automating silent MSI installs

I had to dig a bit to figure this out, and I know I've done this before so I'm making a note here so I can find this information again the next time I forget about it.

To automate a standard MSI install, run it once and log all the properties to a file:
msiexec /i "My Program Installer.msi" /Lp options.log

Make a note of anything you change during this first run. Then take a look at your options.log file. It should have a lot of items like this:

Property(C): ProgramFilesFolder = C:\Program Files\
Property(C): SourceDir = E:\
Property(C): VersionNT = 501
Property(C): ALLUSERS = 1
Property(C): INSTALLLOCATION = C:\Program Files\Whoever\Whatever
Property(C): Manufacturer = Whoever

You can run a silent install by setting these properties on the command line. The ones in all caps are "public" so they can be set by msiexec:

msiexec /qn /i "My Program Installer.msi" INSTALLLOCATION="C:\MyFolder\Whatever"

That's all there is to it! Find the properties you want, pass them on the command line. I have no idea why I can't seem to remember the steps to do that.

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