Hi, Axel from the IE Escalation team again with a quick note on how to use a Microsoft Fix IT to remove IE 8 silently.
First, I would like to thank the “Fix IT” team for quickly answering my questions about the tools functionality!
When I first learned of the Microsoft Fix ITs being available, I wondered if they could be run silently. The ability to use the tool silently can be a great advantage and appeals to a large IT community allowing these fixes to run without requiring user intervention – in other words, no prompts. Luckily for us, Fix ITs are .MSI packages and so we can take advantage of the command line arguments available to accomplish our task!
I tested my theory using the IE Fix IT package that uninstalls IE8, and it works just fine!
You can download the IE 8 Uninstall Fix IT tool from KB957700!
Open a cmd and change directory to %windir%\system32
Then type “msiexec /i uninstallie8.msi /quiet”
Note: Please remember to remove the quotes from the command line above. When executing from Vista, you should open the cmd window using elevated privileges!
NOTE: You can get the list by typing msiexec /? from command window!
Windows ® Installer. V 4.00.6001.0
msiexec /Option <Required Parameter> [Optional Parameter]
</package | /i> <Product.msi>
Installs or configures a product
Administrative install – Installs a product on the network
/j<u|m> <Product.msi> [/t <Transform List>] [/g <Language ID>]
Advertises a product – m to all users, u to current user
</uninstall | /x> <Product.msi | ProductCode>
Uninstalls the product
Quiet mode, no user interaction
Unattended mode – progress bar only
Sets user interface level
n – No UI
b – Basic UI
r – Reduced UI
f – Full UI (default)
Do not restart after the installation is complete
Prompts the user for restart if necessary
Always restart the computer after installation
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* <LogFile>
/uninstall <PatchCodeGuid>[;Update2.msp] /package <Product.msi | ProductCode>
Remove update(s) for a product
/f[p|e|c|m|s|o|d|a|u|v] <Product.msi | ProductCode>
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.
More MSIEXEC Documentation:
Standard Installer Command-Line Options
The IE Support Team