HostsMan Silent Install (How-To Guide)

HostsMan is a freeware application that let’s you manage your hosts file with ease. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of HostsMan from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install HostsMan Silently

HostsMan Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Select the Installer zip file
  3. Extract the HostsMan_Setup.exe from the zip file using 7-zip to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  4. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  5. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  6. Enter the following command: HostsMan_Setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:HostsMan
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:HostsMan_Setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\HostsMan\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\HostsMan\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:
PowerShell Script:

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 HostsMan 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.

HostsMan Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

HostsMan_Setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\HostsMan-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 HostsMan to “C:\HostsMan”

HostsMan_Setup.exe /DIR="C:\HostsMan" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Include Desktop Shortcut During Install

The HostsMan installer does not create a desktop shortcut by default. If you want the desktop shortcut, then you can run the following command line switches to include it.

HostsMan Silent Install (EXE) with Desktop Shortcut

HostsMan_Setup.exe/VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=desktopicon

Create a Hosts Backup During Install

HostsMan Silent Install (EXE) with Hosts Backup Creation

HostsMan_Setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=createhostsbackup

How to Uninstall HostsMan Silently

Check out the HostsMan 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 sets of commands:

HostsMan Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit System

TASKKILL /F /IM hm.exe
"%ProgramFiles%\HostsMan\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

HostsMan Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

TASKKILL /F /IM hm.exe
"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\HostsMan\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.

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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