EndNote X8 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


EndNote is the industry standard software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references on the Windows desktop. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of EndNote X8 from the command line using both the EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install EndNote X8 Silently

EndNote X8 Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://download.endnote.com/downloads/X8/ENX8Inst.exe
  2. Download the ENX8Inst.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: ENX8Inst.exe /qn
  6. Press Enter
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After a few moments you will find EndNote entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:EndNote X8
Vendor:Thomson Reuters
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:ENX8Inst.exe /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:ENX8Inst.exe /qn /x
Download Link:https://download.endnote.com/downloads/X8/ENX8Inst.exe
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/endnote-x8-install-and-uninstall-powershell/
Detection Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/create-a-custom-detection-script-for-endnote-powershell/

EndNote X8 Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://download.endnote.com/downloads/X8/ENX8Inst.msi
  2. Download the ENX8Inst.msi 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: MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi /qn
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:EndNote X8
Vendor:Thomson Reuters
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {86B3F2D6-AC2B-0018-8AE1-F2F77F781B0C} /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa {86B3F2D6-AC2B-0018-8AE1-F2F77F781B0C} /qn
Download Link:https://download.endnote.com/downloads/X8/ENX8Inst.msi
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/endnote-x8-install-and-uninstall-powershell/
Detection Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/create-a-custom-detection-script-for-endnote-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 EndNote X8 Installation Log File

The EndNote X8 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.

EndNote X8 Silent Install with Logging

ENX8Inst.exe /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\EndNoteX8-Install.log"
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\EndNoteX8-Install.log"

Change the EndNote Default Installation Directory

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

ENX8Inst.exe INSTALLDIR="C:\EndNote" /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi INSTALLDIR="C:\EndNote" /qn

Include & Activate EndNote Product Key During Install

ENX8Inst.exe USERNAME="<Your_Username>" PIDKEY="<Your_Product_Key>" /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi USERNAME="<Your_Username>" PIDKEY="<Your_Product_Key>" /qn

Set Custom Content File Folder

EndNote X8 Silent Install with Custom Content File Folder

ENX8Inst.exe CFDIR="C:\Program Files (x86)\EndNote X8\" /qn
MsiExec.exe /I ENX8Inst.msi CFDIR="C:\Program Files (x86)\EndNote X8\" /qn

Exclude EndNote Click Browser Plugin

EndNote X8 Silent Install Excluding EndNote Click Browser Plugin

ENX8Inst.exe ADDLOCAL=ALL REMOVE=EndNoteClick /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi ADDLOCAL=ALL REMOVE=EndNoteClick /qn

Disable EndNote Auto Update Checks

EndNote X8 Silent Install with Automatic Check for Updates Disabled

ENX8Inst.exe USERCANAPPLYUPDATES=F /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi USERCANAPPLYUPDATES=F /qn

Install ALL EndNote Output Styles, Import Filters, and Connection Files

ENX8Inst.exe INSTALLALLCONTENTFILES=yes /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi INSTALLALLCONTENTFILES=yes /qn

Exclude the ResearchSoft Direct Export Helper During Install

ENX8Inst.exe INSTALLRISWEB=no /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi INSTALLRISWEB=no /qn

Automatically Invoke Find Full Text on Newly-Imported References

ENX8Inst.exe FFTINVOKEAFTERIMPORT=T /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi FFTINVOKEAFTERIMPORT=T /qn

Do NOT Automatically Invoke Find Full Text on Newly-Imported References

ENX8Inst.exe FFTINVOKEAFTERIMPORT=F /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi FFTINVOKEAFTERIMPORT=F /qn

Use PubMed LinkOut

ENX8Inst.exe FFTUSEPUBMED=T /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi FFTUSEPUBMED=T /qn

Do NOT Use PubMed LinkOut

ENX8Inst.exe FFTUSEPUBMED=F /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi FFTUSEPUBMED=F /qn

Use OpenURL

ENX8Inst.exe FFTUSEOPENURL=T /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi FFTUSEOPENURL=T /qn

Do NOT Use OpenURL

ENX8Inst.exe FFTUSEOPENURL=F /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi FFTUSEOPENURL=F /qn

Provide OpenURL Path

ENX8Inst.exe FFTOPENURLRESOLVER=\\server\path /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi FFTOPENURLRESOLVER=\\server\path /qn

Provide Authenticate with URL Path

ENX8Inst.exe FFTAUTHENTICATEURL=\\server\path /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi FFTAUTHENTICATEURL=\\server\path /qn

Use DOI

ENX8Inst.exe FFTUSEDOI=T /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi FFTUSEDOI=T /qn

Do NOT Use DOI

ENX8Inst.exe FFTUSEDOI=F /qn
MsiExec.exe /i ENX8Inst.msi FFTUSEDOI=F /qn

Suppress the EndNote X8 EULA Prompt

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\ISI ResearchSoft\EndNote\Preferences" /v "AcceptedENX7.2EULA" /t REG_MULTI_SZ /d "T" /f

Suppress the New Version (EndNote 20) Available Prompt

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\ISI ResearchSoft\EndNote\IgnoreVersions" /v "20.0.0.0" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f

Suppress the EndNote X8 Getting Started Wizard

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\ISI ResearchSoft\EndNote\Preferences" /v "ShowGettingStartedX8" /t REG_MULTI_SZ /d "F" /f

How to Uninstall EndNote X8 Silently

Check out the following posts for a scripted solution:

EndNote X8 Install and Uninstall (PowerShell)
EndNote X8 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:

EndNote X8 Silent Uninstall (EXE)

ENX8Inst.exe /qn /x

EndNote X8 Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x {86B3F2D6-AC2B-0018-8AE1-F2F77F781B0C} /qn ALLUSERS=1 REMOVE=ALL

ResearchSoft Direct Export Helper Uninstall on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Risxtd_UNINST.EXE" /S "%ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Risxtd\INSTALL.LOG"

ResearchSoft Direct Export Helper Uninstall on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Common Files\Risxtd_UNINST.EXE" /S "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Common Files\Risxtd\INSTALL.LOG"

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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