AbleWord Silent Install (How-To Guide)

AbleWord is a free word processing application that also includes features for handling PDF documents.
It’s designed to be lightweight and user-friendly, offering basic word processing capabilities along with the ability to import and export PDF files. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of AbleWord from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install AbleWord Silently

AbleWord Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Download the ableword.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  4. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  5. Enter the following command: ableword.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  6. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the AbleWord Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:AbleWord
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:ableword.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\AbleWord\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\AbleWord\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:AbleWord Download
PowerShell Script:AbleWord | PowerShell Script
Detection Script:AbleWord | Custom Detection Script

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download links provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.

Additional Configurations

Create an AbleWord Installation Log File

The AbleWord installer offers the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following command to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

AbleWord Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

ableword.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\AbleWord-Install.log"

Change the AbleWord Default Installation Directory

You can also change the default installation directory by using the following command line parameters. In this example, I’m installing AbleWord to “C:\AbleWord”

ableword.exe /DIR="C:\AbleWord" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Exclude the AbleWord Desktop Shortcut During Install

The AbleWord installer creates a desktop shortcut by default. If you do not want the desktop shortcut, then you can run the following command line switches to exclude it.

AbleWord Silent Install (EXE) with No Desktop Shortcut

ableword.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!desktopicon

Do Not Associate .DOC and .DOCX File Extensions with AbleWord


How to Uninstall AbleWord Silently

Check out the following posts for a scripted solution:

AbleWord Install and Uninstall (PowerShell)
AbleWord Silent Uninstall (PowerShell)
  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter one of the following commands:

AbleWord Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\AbleWord\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

AbleWord Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\AbleWord\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

Jason Bergner

I am an accomplished Software Engineer at Patch My PC, leveraging more than 18 years of hands-on experience in Configuration Manager administration and application packaging. I am driven by a genuine passion for solving complex problems and consistently strive to discover innovative and effective solutions. Sharing my extensive knowledge of application deployments is a true joy for me, and I am honored to contribute to the community here at Silent Install HQ.

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