HandBrake Silent Install (How-To Guide)

HandBrake is a free and open-source transcoder for digital video files. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of HandBrake from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install HandBrake Silently

HandBrake Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://handbrake.fr/
  2. Download the HandBrake-x.y.z-x86_64-Win_GUI.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Navigate to: https://dotnet.microsoft.com/download/dotnet/6.0
  4. Under .NET Desktop Runtime, select the x64 Windows Installer
  5. Download the windowsdesktop-runtime-6.0.x-win-x64.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  6. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  7. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  8. Enter the following commands:
windowsdesktop-runtime-6.0.x-win-x64.exe /install /quiet /norestart
HandBrake-x.y.z-x86_64-Win_GUI.exe /S

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

Software Title:HandBrake
Vendor:HandBrake Community
Installer Type: NSISEXE
Silent Install Switch:HandBrake-x.y.z-x86_64-Win_GUI.exe /S
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\HandBrake\uninst.exe" /S
Download Link:https://handbrake.fr/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/handbrake-install-and-uninstall-powershell/
Detection Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/create-a-custom-detection-script-for-handbrake-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.

Additional Configurations

Change the HandBrake Default Installation Directory

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

HandBrake-x.y.z-x86_64-Win_GUI.exe /S /D=C:\HandBrake

How to Uninstall HandBrake Silently

Check out the following posts for a scripted solution:

HandBrake Install and Uninstall (PowerShell)
HandBrake 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:

HandBrake Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%ProgramFiles%\HandBrake\uninst.exe" /S

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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