FreeCommander XE Silent Install (How-To Guide)

FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard Windows file manager. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of FreeCommander XE from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install FreeCommander XE Silently

FreeCommander XE Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file (FreeCommanderXE-32-public_setup.exe) with 7-Zip to 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: FreeCommanderXE-32-public_setup.exe /SP- /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:FreeCommander XE
Vendor:Marek Jasinski
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:FreeCommanderXE-32-public_setup.exe /SP- /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\FreeCommander XE\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\FreeCommander XE\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:

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 FreeCommander XE 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.

FreeCommander XE Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

FreeCommanderXE-32-public_setup.exe /SP- /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\FreeCommanderXE-Install.log"

Change Default Installation Directory

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

FreeCommanderXE-32-public_setup.exe /SP- /DIR="C:\FreeCommander XE" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Exclude Desktop Shortcut During Install

The FreeCommander XE 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.

FreeCommander XE Silent Install (EXE) with No Desktop Shortcut

FreeCommanderXE-32-public_setup.exe /SP- /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!desktopicon

How to Uninstall FreeCommander XE 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:

FreeCommander XE Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit Systems

"%ProgramFiles%\FreeCommander XE\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

FreeCommander XE Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit Systems

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\FreeCommander XE\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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