Dell Command | Update 4.2.1 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Dell Command Update is a stand-alone application for client systems, that provides updates for system software that is released by Dell. This application simplifies the BIOS, firmware, driver, and application update experience for Dell client hardware. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Dell Command Update from the command line using both the EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install Dell Command Update Silently

Dell Command | Update 4.2.1 Silent Install (EXE) – (Windows 7,8,8.1,10)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=XM3K1
  2. Download the Dell-Command-Update-Application_XM3K1_WIN_4.2.1_A00.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 setup EXE
    • Dell-Command-Update-Application_XM3K1_WIN_4.2.1_A00.EXE /s /e=C:\Downloads\dcu_exe
  6. Press Enter
  7. Navigate to the “C:\Downloads\dcu_exe” folder
  8. Enter the following command: DCU_Setup_4_2_1.exe /S /v/qn
  9. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Dell Command | Update 4.2.1
Vendor:Dell Inc.
Version:4.2.1
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:DCU_Setup_4_2_1.exe /S /v/qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:DCU_Setup_4_2_1.exe /S /x /v/qn
Download Link:https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/en-us/000177325/dell-command-update

Dell Command | Update 4.2.1 Silent Install (EXE) – (Windows 10 Build 14393 Redstone 1 or later)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=W1RMW
  2. Download the Dell-Command-Update-Application-for-Windows-10_W1RMW_WIN_4.2.1_A00.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 setup EXE
    • Dell-Command-Update-Application-for-Windows-10_W1RMW_WIN_4.2.1_A00.EXE /s /e=C:\Downloads\dcu_exe
  6. Press Enter
  7. Navigate to the “C:\Downloads\dcu_exe” folder
  8. Enter the following command: DellCommandUpdateApp_Setup.exe /S /v/qn
  9. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Dell Command | Update 4.2.1
Vendor:Dell Inc.
Version:4.2.1
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:DellCommandUpdateApp_Setup.exe /S /v/qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:DellCommandUpdateApp_Setup.exe /S /x /v/qn
Download Link:https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/en-us/000177325/dell-command-update

Dell Command | Update 4.2.1 Silent Install (MSI) – (Windows 7,8,8.1,10)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=XM3K1
  2. Download the Dell-Command-Update-Application_XM3K1_WIN_4.2.1_A00.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 setup EXE
    • Dell-Command-Update-Application_XM3K1_WIN_4.2.1_A00.EXE /s /e=C:\Downloads\dcu_exe
  6. Press Enter
  7. Navigate to the “C:\Downloads\dcu_exe” folder
  8. Enter the following command to extract the MSI:
    • DCU_Setup_4_2_1.exe /S /x /b"C:\Downloads\dcu_msi" /v"/qn"
  9. Press Enter
  10. Navigate to the “C:\Downloads\dcu_msi” folder
  11. Enter the following command: MsiExec.exe /i DellCommandUpdate.msi /qn
  12. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Dell Command | Update 4.2.1
Vendor:Dell Inc.
Version:4.2.1
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i DellCommandUpdate.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x DellCommandUpdate.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa DellCommandUpdate.msi /qn
Download Link:https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/en-us/000177325/dell-command-update

Dell Command | Update 4.2.1 Silent Install (MSI) – (Windows 10 Build 14393 Redstone 1 or later)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=W1RMW
  2. Download the Dell-Command-Update-Application-for-Windows-10_W1RMW_WIN_4.2.1_A00.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 setup EXE
    • Dell-Command-Update-Application-for-Windows-10_W1RMW_WIN_4.2.1_A00.EXE /s /e=C:\Downloads\dcu_exe
  6. Press Enter
  7. Navigate to the “C:\Downloads\dcu_exe” folder
  8. Enter the following command to extract the MSI:
    • DellCommandUpdateApp_Setup.exe /S /x /b"C:\Downloads\dcu_msi" /v"/qn"
  9. Press Enter
  10. Navigate to the “C:\Downloads\dcu_msi” folder
  11. Enter the following command: MsiExec.exe /i DellCommandUpdateApp.msi /qn
  12. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Dell Command | Update 4.2.1
Vendor:Dell Inc.
Version:4.2.1
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i DellCommandUpdateApp.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x DellCommandUpdateApp.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa DellCommandUpdateApp.msi /qn
Download Link:https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/en-us/000177325/dell-command-update

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

Alternative Silent Install Options

Dell-Command-Update-Application_XM3K1_WIN_4.2.1_A00.EXE /s
Dell-Command-Update-Application_XM3K1_WIN_4.2.1_A00.EXE /passthrough /S /v/qn
Dell-Command-Update-Application-for-Windows-10_W1RMW_WIN_4.2.1_A00.EXE /s
Dell-Command-Update-Application-for-Windows-10_W1RMW_WIN_4.2.1_A00.EXE /passthrough /S /v/qn

Create an Installation Log File

The Dell Command Update 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.

Dell Command | Update 4.2.1 Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

DCU_Setup_4_2_1.exe /S /v"/qn /L*v %WINDIR%\Temp\DellCommandUpdate-Install.log"
DellCommandUpdateApp_Setup.exe /S /v"/qn /L*v %WINDIR%\Temp\DellCommandUpdate-Install.log"

Dell Command | Update 4.2.1 Silent Install (MSI) with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i DellCommandUpdate.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\DellCommandUpdate-Install.log"
MsiExec.exe /i DellCommandUpdateApp.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\DellCommandUpdate-Install.log"

How to Uninstall Dell Command | Update 4.2.1 Silently

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

Dell Command | Update 4.2.1 Silent Uninstall (EXE)

DCU_Setup_4_2_1.exe /S /x /v/qn
DellCommandUpdateApp_Setup.exe /S /x /v/qn
Dell-Command-Update-Application_XM3K1_WIN_4.2.1_A00.EXE /passthrough /S /x /v/qn
Dell-Command-Update-Application-for-Windows-10_W1RMW_WIN_4.2.1_A00.EXE /passthrough /S /x /v/qn

Dell Command | Update 4.2.1 Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x {4CD85DD3-A024-4409-A0F2-F70DE1E4A935} /qn
MsiExec.exe /x {4CCADC13-F3AE-454F-B724-33F6D4E52022} /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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