Barrier Silent Install (How-To Guide)

Barrier is software that mimics the functionality of a KVM switch. Barrier does this in software, allowing you to tell it which machine to control by moving your mouse to the edge of the screen, or by using a keypress to switch focus to a different system. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Barrier from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Barrier Silently

Barrier Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Download the BarrierSetup-x.y.z-release.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Navigate to:
  4. Download the VC_redist.x64.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  5. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  6. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  7. Enter the following commands:
VC_redist.x64.exe /install /quiet /norestart
BarrierSetup-x.y.z-release.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

After a few moments you will find Barrier entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Barrier
Vendor:Debauchee Open Source Group
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch: (Step1)VC_redist.x64.exe /install /quiet /norestart
Silent Install Switch: (Step2)BarrierSetup-x.y.z-release.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\Barrier\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:Barrier Download
PowerShell Script:Barrier | PowerShell Script
Detection Script:Barrier | 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 a Barrier Installation Log File

The Barrier 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.

Barrier Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

BarrierSetup-x.y.z-release.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\Barrier-Install.log"

Change the Barrier Default Installation Directory

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

BarrierSetup-x.y.z-release.exe /DIR="C:\Barrier" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Include the Barrier Desktop Shortcut During Install

The Barrier installer does not create a desktop shortcut by default. If you want the desktop shortcut, then you can run the following command line switches to include it.

Barrier Silent Install (EXE) with Desktop Shortcut

BarrierSetup-x.y.z-release.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=desktopicon

How to Uninstall Barrier Silently

Check out the following posts for a scripted solution:

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

Barrier Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%ProgramFiles%\Barrier\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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