Silent install like a boss

InstallShield and response files

Some exe files are not easy to silent install. I came across a very old software that was created with InstallShield that just would not silent install no matter what paramerters I used. A normal (non-silent) setup receives the necessary input from the user in the form of responses to dialog boxes. However, a silent setup does not prompt the user for input, it gathers setup data from the InstallShield Silent response file (.iss file). So how can you leverage this to make a silent install? Run the software with the following command:

setup.exe /r

This will then run the installation. Go through the installation as you normally would. When the installation is done you will have a response file in:

c:\windows\setup.iss

Now you just copy the .iss file over to the same directory as the .exe file. You can now run a silent install with:

Setup.exe /s /f1"setup.iss"

Examples

Adobe products

msiexec.exe /i "Acrobat DC.msi" /quiet

Working directory example:
.\Applications\Adobe - Acrobat DC\Build

Google chrome

msiexec.exe /i googlechromestandaloneenterprise64.msi /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Chrome (enterprise)

msiexec.exe /i googlechromestandaloneenterprise64.msi /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Directory Opus

setup.exe -s
"C:\Program Files\GPSoftware\Directory Opus\dopus.exe" /cert "certificate.txt" /regcode ABBFC-RRHAX-WC8P4-DFFMG /norun

Office 365 (See details here)

setup.exe /configure configuration-1.xml

MPC-HC

setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

WinRAR

winrar-x64 /S

Teamviewer

start /wait TeamViewer_Setup.exe /S /norestart

Steam

SteamSetup.exe /S

VMware Workstation

setup.exe /s /v"/qn EULAS_AGREED=1 SERIALNUMBER=11F91-01L42-0RAFA-FVCFP-HM8HN"

Sources: http://taa-ups.eaton.com/Products-services/Power-Management/Software-Drivers/lansafe-help/LSHelp424.htm