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How to silent uninstall an uninstall.exe which does not have a silent parameter?

06/22/2020 1018 views

How to silent uninstall an uninstall.exe which does not have a silent parameter (for example from the Software Maxon Cinema 4D which comes with Adobe After Effects) ?

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  • Uninstallation of legacy stuff have always been a bit of a problem.
    Checkout the link below for some tips.
    Most often you can find traces of the installation in the registry under:
    Very often the developers have been nice and will list the correct uninstall procedure for the users (and gives you a nice uninstall button in the control panel.)
    Other times they only gives you a "hint" of how to uninstall the app.
    Some installers leaves a uninstall.exe and a install.log file in the application directory on the drive.
    Example: "C:\PROGRA~2\Qmuzik32\UNWISE.EXE C:\PROGRA~2\Qmuzik32\INSTALL.LOG" (Created by Wise packaging software)

    Other times: Go to the File Path, look for a .exe which you need to uninstall. In command prompt open the path of .exe located and execute "xxxx.exe --uninstall"

    Often you if you're lucky the developer was kind enough to implement the installer as a .msi package.
    You could point to the appropriate msi-file source and use this to uninstall the application.
    msiexec.exe /x \\<mydeploymentserver>\<deploymentsourceshare>\MyInstalledAppSource\myApplication.msi /qn
    Other times there will be traces of the uninstall procedure in registry:
    Here is a sample Uninstall key in registry for Python 3.8.xxx, theres no source files, but theres a productid that can be used to uninstall the product :

    MsiExec.exe /I{13E05234-E037-4C96-BF0C-585FD0A8E2B0}

    What i would do in this case is just replacing the entry with
    MsiExec.exe /x{13E05234-E037-4C96-BF0C-585FD0A8E2B0} /qn
    (have been doing this with uninstallation of x-versions of Java runtimes.)

    Just find the product key in registry for the App and try some of these tips.
    in the link at stackoverflow.

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Either a) create an uninstall package by capturing the uninstall, or b) realise that, at the end of the day, applications are just a bunch of files and registry entries so,if you know the application's "footprint", a simple CMD full of 'del [file_x]', 'rd [folder_y]' and 'reg delete [whatever]' lines will do the job.

Answered 06/23/2020 by: anonymous_9363
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