Microsoft Build Tools 2013 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Microsoft Build Tools 2013 provides the essential tools for building managed applications. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Microsoft Build Tools 2013 from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Microsoft Build Tools 2013 Silently

Microsoft Build Tools 2013 Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=40760
  2. Click the Download button
  3. Download the BuildTools_Full.exe 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: BuildTools_Full.exe /quiet /norestart
  7. Press Enter
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After a few moments you should see the Microsoft Build Tools 2013 entries in the Installation Directory and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Microsoft Build Tools 2013
Vendor:Microsoft Corporation
Version:12.0.21005.1
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:BuildTools_Full.exe /quiet /norestart
Silent Uninstall Switch:BuildTools_Full.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart
Repair Command:BuildTools_Full.exe /repair /quiet /norestart
Download Link:https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=40760
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/microsoft-build-tools-2013-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 an Installation Log File

The Microsoft Build Tools 2013 installer offers the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following commands to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

Microsoft Build Tools 2013 Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

BuildTools_Full.exe /quiet /norestart /log "%WINDIR%\Temp\BuildTools2013-Install.log"

How to Uninstall Microsoft Build Tools 2013 Silently

Check out the Microsoft Build Tools 2013 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:

Microsoft Build Tools 2013 Silent Uninstall (EXE)

BuildTools_Full.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart

Microsoft Build Tools 2013 Silent Uninstall (EXE) with Logging

BuildTools_Full.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart /log "%WINDIR%\Temp\BuildTools2013-Uninstall.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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