is it possible to install crystal reports 2016 silently and let it prompt for licence key when the user launch application for the first time??
Yes it is possible to Create a silent uninstall. SAP site could be clearer.
What you hvae to do is capture a uninstall Response file oncee its install on a PC as follows:
setup.exe -w C:\responseUNinstall.ini
Then take this response file and script it to silently uninstall. setup.exe /qb -r C:\responseUNinstall.ini
Here is the Powershell i used to automate it.
$ScriptRoot = (Split-Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Path)
$ShortLoc = $env:ALLUSERSPROFILE + '\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs'
# run Uninstall
start-process -FilePath "$ScriptRoot\CrystalReports\setup.exe" -ArgumentList " -r $ScriptRoot\CrystalReports\responseUN.ini" -Wait -WindowStyle Hidden
Yes, you can by creating the response from an elevated command line setup.exe -w C:\Response.ini. HOWEVER, in the fine print, you have go into that ini file and hack in your license key in or the silent install fails. Where you see this in the response.ini file -
### Product keycode productkey="XXXXX-XXXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXXX-XX"
Put your product key in for the X's.