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Windows Installer Command Line Parameters

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Sep 25, 2001


Christopher Rice

    I know that you are all working with Windows Installer now (or soon will be).  The program that runs for Windows Installer is the msiexec.exe.  The command line parameters for this program are as follows:

I know that you are all working with Windows Installer now (or soon will be). The program that runs for Windows Installer is the msiexec.exe. The command line parameters for this program are as follows:

   

Switch  Parameters                                Description
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
/i      Package|ProductCode                       Installs or configures a
                                                  product.

/f      [p|o|e|d|c|a|u|m|s|v]Package|ProductCode  Repairs a product.

                                                  p - Reinstalls a
                                                  product only if a
                                                  file is missing.

                                                  o - Reinstalls a
                                                  product if a file
                                                  is missing or if an
                                                  older version of a file
                                                  is installed.

                                                  e - Reinstalls a
                                                  product if a file
                                                  is missing or an equal
                                                  or older version of a
                                                  file is installed.

                                                  d - Reinstalls a
                                                  product if a file
                                                  is missing or a
                                                  different
                                                  version of a file is
                                                  installed.

                                                  c - Reinstalls a
                                                  product if a file
                                                  is missing or the stored
                                                  checksum value does not
                                                  match the calculated
                                                  value.

                                                  a - Forces all files to
                                                  be reinstalled.

                                                  u - Rewrites all
                                                  required user-
                                                  specific registry
                                                  entries.

                                                  m - Rewrites all
                                                  required
                                                  computer-specific
                                                  registry entries.

                                                  s - Overwrites all
                                                  existing shortcuts.

                                                  v - Runs from the source
                                                  file and re-caches the
                                                  local package.

/a   Package                                      Administrative
                                                  installation option.
                                                  Installs a product on
                                                  the network.

/x   Package|ProductCode                          Uninstalls a product.

/j   [u|m]Package                                 Advertises a product.
     or [u|m]Package /t Transform List            The property values used
     or[u|m]Package /g LanguageID                 on the command line are
                                                  ignored.

                                                  u - Advertises a product
                                                  to the current user.

                                                  m - Advertises a product
                                                  to all users.

                                                  g - Language ID.

                                                  t - Applies a transform
                                                  list to an advertised
                                                  package.

/l      [i|w|e|a|r|u|c|m|p|v|+|!]Logfile          Specifies the log
                                                  file path and
                                                  indicates the flags
                                                  to be logged.

                                                  i - Status messages.

                                                  w - Non-fatal warnings.

                                                  e - All error messages.

                                                  a - Startup of actions.

                                                  r - Action-specific
                                                  records

                                                  u - User requests.

                                                  c - Initial User
                                                  Interface (UI)
                                                  parameters

                                                  m - Out-of-memory.

                                                  p - Terminal properties.

                                                  v - Verbose output.

                                                  + - Appends to the
                                                  existing file.

                                                  ! - Clears each line in
                                                  the log file.

                                                  "*" - Wildcard.
                                                  Logs all information,
                                                  but the use of the v
                                                  option is not included.
                                                  To include the v option,
                                                  type "/l*v."

/p   Patch/Package                                Applies a patch. To
                                                  apply a patch to an
                                                  installed Administrator
                                                  image, type the
                                                  following options:

                                                  /p [PatchPackage]
                                                  /a [Package]

/q   n|b|r|f                                      Sets the UI level.

                                                  q , qn - No UI.

                                                  qb - Basic UI.

                                                  qr - Reduced UI. A modal
                                                  dialog box is displayed
                                                  at the end of the
                                                  installation.

                                                  qf - Full UI. A modal
                                                  dialog box is displayed
                                                  at the end of the
                                                  installation.

                                                  qn+ - No UI. However, a
                                                  modal dialog box is
                                                  displayed at the end of
                                                  the installation.

                                                  qb+ - Basic UI. A modal
                                                  dialog box is displayed
                                                  at the end of the
                                                  installation. If you
                                                  cancel the installation,
                                                  a modal dialog box is
                                                  not displayed.

                                                  qb- - Basic UI with no
                                                  modal dialog boxes.
                                                  The "/qb+-" switch
                                                  is not a supported UI
                                                  level.

/y   module                                       Calls the system
                                                  Application Programming
                                                  Interface (API)
                                                  DllRegisterServer, which
                                                  registers modules that
                                                  are typed on the
                                                  command line (for
                                                  example, "msiexec /y
                                                  my_file.dll").

                                                  This option is only used
                                                  for registry information
                                                  that cannot be added
                                                  using the registry
                                                  tables of the .msi file.

/z   module                                       Calls the system API
                                                  DllUnRegisterServer,
                                                  to unregister modules
                                                  that are typed on the
                                                  command line (for
                                                  example, "msiexec /z
                                                  my_file.dll").

                                                  This option is only used
                                                  for registry information
                                                  that cannot be removed
                                                  using the registry
                                                  tables of the .msi file. 

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