Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


AutoCAD is computer-aided design (CAD) software that architects, engineers, construction professionals, and designers rely on to produce 2D drawings and documentation. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Autodesk AutoCAD Silently

Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to 
  2. Download the AutoCAD_2021_English_Win_64bit_dlm.sfx.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 to Extract the contents of the EXE:
    • AutoCAD_2021_English_Win_64bit_dlm.sfx.exe -suppresslaunch -d "C:\Downloads"
  6. Press Enter
  7. Navigate to C:\Downloads\AutoCAD_2021_English_Win_64bit_dlm
  8. Enter the following command: Setup.exe /W /Q /I .\setup.ini
  9. Press Enter

After a few minutes you should see the Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Autodesk AutoCAD 2021
Vendor:Autodesk
Version:24.0.47.0
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:Setup.exe /W /Q /I .\setup.ini
Silent Uninstall Switch:CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Download Link:http://autodesk.com/products/autocad
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/autodesk-autocad-2021-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

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 Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 installer offer the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following commands to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 (EXE)

  • Navigate to C:\Downloads\AutoCAD_2021_English_Win_64bit_dlm
  • Open the setup.ini file with Notepad
  • Under the [SETUP] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\AutoCAD_2021_Setup.log
  • Under the [ACAD] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\AutoCAD_2021_Core-Install.log
  • Under the [ACAD_LP] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\AutoCAD_2021_LangPack-Install.log
  • Under the [MAIN] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\AutoCAD_2021_PSPack-Install.log
  • Under the [ACAOE] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\AutoCAD_2021_OEPack-Install.log
  • Under the [ACADPV] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\AutoCAD_2021_Private-Install.log
  • Under the [AGS] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\AGS-Install.log
  • Under the [NLM] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\NLM-Install.log
  • Under the [ADSKLICENSING] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\Autodesk_Licensing.log
  • Under the [CADM] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\CADManager-Install.log
  • Under the [CM] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\MatLib2021CM-Install.log
  • Under the [CMILB] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\MatLib2021CMILB-Install.log
  • Under the [ACADAPPMGR] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\ACADExtApps_AppManager-Install.log
  • Under the [ACADFEATUREDAPPS] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\ACADExtApps_FeaturedApps-Install.log
  • Under the [PERFORMANCETOOL] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\Performance_Tool-Install.log
  • Under the [SAVETOWEBANDMOBILE] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\SAVETOWEBANDMOBILE-Install.log
  • Under the [ADSSO] Section update the following line
LOG=%WINDIR%\Temp\AdSSO-Install.log
  • Save the updated setup.ini file & Close
  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • Navigate to C:\Downloads\AutoCAD_2021_English_Win_64bit_dlm
  • Enter the following command: Setup.exe /W /Q /I .\setup.ini
  • Press Enter

Exclude Desktop Shortcut During Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 Install

The Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 installer creates two desktop shortcuts by default. If you don’t want the desktop shortcuts, then you can run the following command line switches to exclude them.

Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 (EXE) Silent Install No Desktop Shortcuts

  • Navigate to C:\Downloads\AutoCAD_2021_English_Win_64bit_dlm
  • Open the setup.ini file with Notepad
  • Under the [ACAD_MAIN] Section add the following line
EXE_PARAM=ADSK_DESKTOPSHORTCUT_1=0
  • Save the updated setup.ini file & Close
  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • Navigate to C:\Downloads\AutoCAD_2021_English_Win_64bit_dlm
  • Enter the following command: Setup.exe /W /Q /I .\setup.ini
  • Press Enter
  • After the install completes enter the following command:
  • DEL “C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Autodesk Desktop App.lnk” /f /q
  • Press Enter

Disable Data Collection and Use (Autodesk Analytics)

Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 (EXE) Silent Install w/ Data Collection Disabled

  • Navigate to C:\Downloads\AutoCAD_2021_English_Win_64bit_dlm
  • Open the setup.ini file with Notepad
  • Under the [ACAD_MAIN] Section update the following line
EXE_PARAM=ADAOPTIN=0 ADAOVERRIDED=1
  • Save the updated setup.ini file & Close
  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • Navigate to C:\Downloads\AutoCAD_2021_English_Win_64bit_dlm
  • Enter the following command: Setup.exe /W /Q /I .\setup.ini
  • Press Enter
  • Run the following commands once for each user
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\MC3" /v ADAOptIn /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Autodesk\MC3" /v ADARePrompted /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

How to Uninstall Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 Silently

Uninstalling AutoCAD 2021 can be a bit of a challenge for several reasons, including killing processes, stopping services and deleting folder directories. I highly recommend you run the commands in the order listed below.

Check out the Autodesk AutoCAD 2021 Install and 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 commands one at a time in order:

Autodesk Material Library 2021 Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {6774FD60-7D4B-4D57-BE56-2702A07C9701} /qn

Autodesk Material Library Base Resolution Image Library 2021 Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {6EFAD582-86C1-4AB2-97C5-2070D0B90E08} /qn

Autodesk Licensing Silent Uninstall

SC CONFIG "AdskLicensingService" Start= Disabled
SC CONFIG "FlexNet Licensing Service" Start= Disabled
TASKKILL /F /IM "AutodeskDesktopApp.exe"
TASKKILL /F /IM "AdAppMgrSvc.exe"
TASKKILL /F /IM "AdskLicensingService.exe"
TASKKILL /F /IM "FNPLicensingService.exe"
"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\AdskLicensing\uninstall.exe" --mode unattended

Autodesk Save to Web and Mobile Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {A9005AC0-4AD8-4E84-B1F7-EE38BB6BCC2D} /qn

AutoCAD 2021 Silent Uninstall (Part 1)

MsiExec.exe /x {28B89EEF-4101-0000-0102-CF3F3A09B77D} /qn

AutoCAD 2021 Language Pack – English Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {28B89EEF-4101-0409-1102-CF3F3A09B77D} /qn

ACA & MEP 2021 Object Enabler Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {28B89EEF-4104-0000-5102-CF3F3A09B77D} /qn

ACAD Private Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {28B89EEF-4101-0000-3102-CF3F3A09B77D} /qn

AutoCAD 2021 – English Silent Uninstall (Part 2)

MsiExec.exe /x {28B89EEF-4101-0409-2102-CF3F3A09B77D} /qn

Autodesk App Manager 2020-2021 Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {DB92FEA7-F78C-469E-B138-E2303220F0C4} /qn

Autodesk Featured Apps 2020-2021 Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {2CBD494D-0A3E-4CB3-AFB3-8CE1734613B0} /qn

Autodesk Desktop App Silent Uninstall

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Autodesk\Autodesk Desktop App\removeAdAppMgr.exe" --mode unattended

Autodesk Single Sign On Component Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {951BB060-1350-4C93-BD83-D966C51D4005} /qn

Autodesk Genuine Service Silent Uninstall

RMDIR /Q /S "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Autodesk
RMDIR /Q /S %APPDATA%\Autodesk
RMDIR /Q /S %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Autodesk
MsiExec.exe /x {54A00624-3EF9-49A2-92A9-7244EADD0212} /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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