MSI Command line switches

This isn’t really something new. But there are still new people into deploying software.

To find out what MSI Command line switches can be used, you open a command window (cmd) and just drag and drop your msi file into it.
after your msi you type /? or /help so that it looks something like this.

"pathappname.msi" /?

you should get a window which looks like that

here is the full content of the window

Windows ® Installer. V 4.5.6001.22159

msiexec /Option [Optional Parameter]

Install Options

Installs or configures a product

Administrative install - Installs a product on the network

] [/g ] Advertises a product – m to all users, u to current user
Uninstalls the product

Display Options

Quiet mode, no user interaction

Unattended mode – progress bar only

/q[n|b|r|f] Sets user interface level
n – No UI
b – Basic UI
r – Reduced UI
f – Full UI (default)

Help information

Restart Options

Do not restart after the installation is complete

Prompts the user for restart if necessary

Always restart the computer after installation

Logging Options

/l[i|w|e|a|r|u|c|m|o|p|v|x|+|!|*] i – Status messages
w – Nonfatal warnings
e – All error messages
a – Start up of actions
r – Action-specific records
u – User requests
c – Initial UI parameters
m – Out-of-memory or fatal exit information
o – Out-of-disk-space messages
p – Terminal properties
v – Verbose output
x – Extra debugging information
+ – Append to existing log file
! – Flush each line to the log
* – Log all information, except for v and x options

Equivalent of /l*

Update Options

/update [;Update2.msp] Applies update(s)

[;Update2.msp] /package
Remove update(s) for a product

Repair Options

/f[p|e|c|m|s|o|d|a|u|v] Repairs a product
p – only if file is missing
o – if file is missing or an older version is installed (default)
e – if file is missing or an equal or older version is installed
d – if file is missing or a different version is installed
c – if file is missing or checksum does not match the calculated value
a – forces all files to be reinstalled
u – all required user-specific registry entries (default)
m – all required computer-specific registry entries (default)
s – all existing shortcuts (default)
v – runs from source and recaches local package

Setting Public Properties

Consult the Windows ® Installer SDK for additional documentation on the
command line syntax.

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Portions of this software are based in part on the work of the Independent JPEG Group.

so for example you want to install a msi file in quite mode without the possibility that a user can interfere and a log file it should look like this

"Pathappname.msi" /qn /l*v "c:Tempappname_msi_log.log"

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