How to Install Software Silently (Unattended)

In silent or unattended installation, you do not need to select an installation folder or press Next, Finish or anything that you'd do during normal installation. This is a kind of automatic installation and it is normally used when you are distributing software in a large network and you do not want to disturb the end user. However, you can also use this method to install software on your PC without getting disturbed while working. If you want to do so, go through the steps, it's easy to do.


Download the software that you want to install.

Put it into any folder. For example, if you wanted to install Adobe Reader, download it and put it into your “C:FPAC_Installer” folder.

Open the Command prompt.

Go to the Run, type “cmd” and press “enter” to open command prompt.

Navigate to the folder where you kept the software EXE file.

For example, the “C:FPAC_Installer” mentioned earlier.

Select the software.exe file.

Use this command: “softwarename.exe /?”. This command will check for all the switches which have been defined by the software manufacturer for this software.

Wait for all the switches to appear.

As you want to install the software silently, find the switch available for silent installation.

Use this command to use the silent switch:

“softwarename.exe /switch”.

Once you are done with the silent switch command, sit back and relax.

Your software will get installed automatically.


  • If you don’t know how to open or use the command prompt, first read these articles: Change Directories in Command Prompt and Run a Program on Command Prompt


  • Only applicable to the Windows PC.

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