Apple QuickTime Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Apple QuickTime is an extensible multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc., capable of handling various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Apple Safari from the command line using both the EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install Apple QuickTime Silently

Apple QuickTime Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
  2. Download the 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: QuickTimeInstaller.exe /extract
  6. Press Enter
  7. Enter the following command:
    • MsiExec.exe /i AppleApplicationSupport.msi /qn
  8. Press Enter
  9. Enter the following command:
    • QuickTimeInstaller.exe APPLEAPPLICATIONSUPPORTISINSTALLED=1 /qn
  10. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Apple QuickTime
Vendor:Apple Inc.
Version:7.79.80.95
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch (Step 1)MsiExec.exe /i AppleApplicationSupport.msi /qn
Silent Install Switch (Step 2)QuickTimeInstaller.exe APPLEAPPLICATIONSUPPORTISINSTALLED=1 /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {FF59BD75-466A-4D5A-AD23-AAD87C5FD44C} /qn
Download Link:http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

Apple QuickTime Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
  2. Download the 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: QuickTimeInstaller.exe /extract
  6. Press Enter
  7. Enter the following command:
    • MsiExec.exe /i AppleApplicationSupport.msi /qn
  8. Press Enter
  9. Enter the following command:
    • MsiExec.exe /i QuickTime.msi APPLEAPPLICATIONSUPPORTISINSTALLED=1 /qn
  10. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Apple QuickTime
Vendor:Apple Inc.
Version:7.79.80.95
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch (Step 1)MsiExec.exe /i AppleApplicationSupport.msi /qn
Silent Install Switch (Step 2)MsiExec.exe /i QuickTime.msi APPLEAPPLICATIONSUPPORTISINSTALLED=1 /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {FF59BD75-466A-4D5A-AD23-AAD87C5FD44C} /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa {FF59BD75-466A-4D5A-AD23-AAD87C5FD44C} /qn
Download Link:http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

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 Installation Log File

The Apple QuickTime installers offer 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.

Apple QuickTime Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i AppleApplicationSupport.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\AppleApplicationSupport-Install.log"
QuickTimeInstaller.exe APPLEAPPLICATIONSUPPORTISINSTALLED=1 /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\QuickTime-Install.log"

Apple QuickTime Silent Install (MSI) with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i AppleApplicationSupport.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\AppleApplicationSupport-Install.log"
MsiExec.exe /i QuickTime.msi APPLEAPPLICATIONSUPPORTISINSTALLED=1 /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\QuickTime-Install.log"

Exclude Desktop Shortcut During Install

The QuickTime 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.

Apple Safari Silent Install (EXE) with No Desktop Shortcut

MsiExec.exe /i AppleApplicationSupport.msi /qn
QuickTimeInstaller.exe APPLEAPPLICATIONSUPPORTISINSTALLED=1 DESKTOP_SHORTCUTS=NO /qn

Apple Safari Silent Install (MSI) with No Desktop Shortcut

MsiExec.exe /i AppleApplicationSupport.msi /qn
MsiExec.exe /i QuickTime.msi APPLEAPPLICATIONSUPPORTISINSTALLED=1 DESKTOP_SHORTCUTS=NO /qn

Exclude QuickTime Tray Icon

Apple Safari Silent Install (EXE) with No Tray Icon

MsiExec.exe /i AppleApplicationSupport.msi /qn
QuickTimeInstaller.exe APPLEAPPLICATIONSUPPORTISINSTALLED=1 QT_TRAY_ICON=NO /qn

Apple Safari Silent Install (MSI) with No Tray Icon

MsiExec.exe /i AppleApplicationSupport.msi /qn
MsiExec.exe /i QuickTime.msi APPLEAPPLICATIONSUPPORTISINSTALLED=1 QT_TRAY_ICON=NO /qn

Disable QuickTime Auto Update

  1. Install QuickTime
  2. Launch QuickTime Player
  3. Navigate to Edit-> Preferences-> QuickTime Preferences-> Update Tab
  4. Deselect “Check for update automatically”
  5. Click Apply & OK
  6. Close QuickTime
  7. Navigate to “C:\Users\<userprofile>\AppData\LocalLow\Apple Computer\QuickTime\”
  8. Copy the QuickTime.qtp file to C:\Downloads
  9. Uninstall QuickTime
  10. Delete the QuickTime.qtp file from “C:\Users\<userprofile>\AppData\LocalLow\Apple Computer\QuickTime\”
  11. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  12. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  13. Enter one of the following sets of commands:

Apple Safari Silent Install (EXE) with Auto Updates Disabled

MsiExec.exe /i AppleApplicationSupport.msi /qn
QuickTimeInstaller.exe APPLEAPPLICATIONSUPPORTISINSTALLED=1 SCHEDULE_ASUW=NO ASUWISINSTALLED=0 /qn

Apple Safari Silent Install (MSI) with Auto Updates Disabled

MsiExec.exe /i AppleApplicationSupport.msi /qn
MsiExec.exe /i QuickTime.msi APPLEAPPLICATIONSUPPORTISINSTALLED=1 SCHEDULE_ASUW=NO ASUWISINSTALLED=0 /qn
  • Create the following folder (if not present):
  • “C:\Users\<userprofile>\AppData\LocalLow\Apple Computer\QuickTime\”
  • Copy the QuickTime.qtp file to “C:\Users\<userprofile>\AppData\LocalLow\Apple Computer\QuickTime\”

Bypass QuickTime File Types Association Check

  1. Install QuickTime
  2. Launch QuickTime Player
  3. Wait for file types association pop-up
  4. Uncheck “Do not ask to perform this check again. The QuickTime Control Panel can be used to make subsequent changes.”
  5. Select Yes or No based on your preference
  6. Close QuickTime
  7. Navigate to “C:\Users\<userprofile>\AppData\LocalLow\Apple Computer\QuickTime\”
  8. Copy the QuickTime.qtp file to C:\Downloads
  9. Uninstall QuickTime
  10. Delete the QuickTime.qtp file from “C:\Users\<userprofile>\AppData\LocalLow\Apple Computer\QuickTime\”
  11. Follow the “How to Install Apple QuickTime Silently” steps mentioned earlier in the article
  12. Create the following folder (if not present):
  13. “C:\Users\<userprofile>\AppData\LocalLow\Apple Computer\QuickTime\”
  14. Copy the QuickTime.qtp file to “C:\Users\<userprofile>\AppData\LocalLow\Apple Computer\QuickTime\”

How to Uninstall Apple QuickTime Silently

Check out the Apple QuickTime Silent Uninstall (PowerShell) post for a scripted solution.

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command:

Apple QuickTime 7.79.80.95 Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {FF59BD75-466A-4D5A-AD23-AAD87C5FD44C} /qn

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.

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