Foxit PDF Reader 11 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Foxit PDF Reader is a multilingual freemium PDF (Portable Document Format) tool that can create, view, edit, digitally sign, and print PDF files. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Foxit PDF Reader 11 from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Foxit PDF Reader Silently

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/latest.php?product=Foxit-Reader&platform=Windows
  2. Download the FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.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: FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  6. Press Enter
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After a few moments you should see the Foxit PDF Reader Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Foxit PDF Reader
Vendor:Foxit Software Inc.
Version:11.x
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\Foxit Software\Foxit PDF Reader\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Foxit Software\Foxit PDF Reader\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:https://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/latest.php?product=Foxit-Reader&platform=Windows
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/foxit-pdf-reader-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 a Foxit PDF Reader Installation Log File

The Foxit PDF Reader 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.

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\FoxitReader11-Install.log"

Change the Foxit PDF Reader Default Installation Directory

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

FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /DIR="C:\Foxit PDF Reader" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Exclude the Foxit PDF Reader Desktop Shortcut During Install

The Foxit PDF Reader 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.

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with No Desktop Shortcut

FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!desktopicon

Exclude the Foxit PDF Reader Start Menu Folder

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Start Menu Folder Excluded

FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!startmenufolder

Exclude the Foxit PDF Reader Quick Launch Icon

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Quick Launch Icon Excluded

FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!quicklaunchicon

Do Not Set Foxit as Default Reader

FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!setdefaultreader

Disable Foxit PDF Reader Data Collection

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Data Collection Disabled

FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!setcollectdata

Do Not Show PDF Files in Browsers

FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!displayinbrowser

Exclude Shell Extensions, Plugin, and Foxit Spell Check Language

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Shell Extensions, Plugin, and Spell Check Excluded

FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /COMPONENTS=pdfviewer,!ffse,!ffaddin,!ffspellcheck /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Exclude Shell Extensions

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Shell Extensions Excluded

FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /COMPONENTS=pdfviewer,!ffse,ffaddin,ffspellcheck /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Exclude Plugin Used to Open PDF Files Inside Browser

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Open PDF Files Inside Browser Excluded

FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /COMPONENTS=pdfviewer,ffse,!ffaddin,ffspellcheck /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Exclude Foxit Spell Check Language

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Spell Check Excluded

FoxitReader110_enu_Setup_Prom.exe /COMPONENTS=pdfviewer,ffse,ffaddin,!ffspellcheck /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Disable Foxit PDF Reader Registration

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Registration Disabled

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following commands:
REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Policies\Foxit\Reader\Preferences" /v DisableRegistration /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Policies\Foxit\Reader\Ribbon\Ribbon_Category_Help\Help_Panel_Registration" /v Help_Registration_Registration /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Disable Foxit PDF Reader Show Start Page

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Show Start Page Disabled

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command:
REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Policies\Foxit\Reader\Preferences" /v ShowStartPage /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Disable Foxit PDF Reader Advertisement

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Advertisement Disabled

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command:
REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Policies\Foxit\Reader\Preferences" /v DisableAdvertise /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Disable Foxit PDF Reader Data Collection

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Data Collection Disabled

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command:
REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Policies\Foxit\Reader\Preferences" /v CollectData /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Disable Foxit PDF Reader Automatic Updates

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Install (EXE) with Auto Updates Disabled

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command:
REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Policies\Foxit\Reader\Preferences" /v DisableUpdate /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

How to Uninstall Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silently

Check out the Foxit PDF Reader 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 one of the following commands:

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\Foxit Software\Foxit PDF Reader\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Foxit PDF Reader 11.x Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Foxit Software\Foxit PDF Reader\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.

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