Microsoft PowerToys Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Microsoft PowerToys from the command line using both the EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install Microsoft PowerToys Silently

Microsoft PowerToys (EXE) Silent Install (Version 0.23.0 & Newer)

  1. Navigate to: https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/
  2. Select the version of your choice
  3. Download the PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.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:  PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.exe --silent
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Microsoft PowerToys
Vendor:Microsoft Corporation
Version:0.23.0 & Newer
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.exe --silent
Silent Uninstall Switch:See Uninstall Section at Bottom of Post
Download Link:https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/microsoft-powertoys-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

Microsoft PowerToys (MSI) Silent Install (Version 0.23.0 & Newer)

  1. Navigate to: https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/
  2. Select the version of your choice
  3. Download the PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  4. Manually Launch PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.exe
  5. When you see the Welcome to the PowerToys Setup Wizard screen, navigate to “%LocalAppData%\Temp” directory
  6. Copy the windowsdesktop-runtime.exe & PowerToysBootstrappedInstaller-w.x.y.z.msi to C:\Downloads
  7. Cancel & Exit out of PowerToys Wizard
  8. Uninstall Microsoft Windows Desktop Runtime from Control Panel (if present)
  9. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  10. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  11. Enter the following command:
    • windowsdesktop-runtime.exe /install /quiet /norestart
  12. Press Enter
  13. Enter the following command:
    • MsiExec.exe /i PowerToysBootstrappedInstaller-w.x.y.z.msi /qn
  14. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Microsoft PowerToys
Vendor:Microsoft Corporation
Version:0.23.0 & Newer
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch (Step 1)windowsdesktop-runtime.exe /install /quiet /norestart
Silent Install Switch (Step 2)MsiExec.exe /i PowerToysBootstrappedInstaller-w.x.y.z.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x PowerToysBootstrappedInstaller-w.x.y.z.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa PowerToysBootstrappedInstaller-w.x.y.z.msi /qn
Download Link:https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/microsoft-powertoys-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

Microsoft PowerToys (MSI) Silent Install (Version 0.21.1 & Older)

  1. Navigate to: https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/
  2. Select the version of your choice
  3. Download the PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.msi 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: MsiExec.exe /i PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.msi /qn
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Microsoft PowerToys
Vendor:Microsoft Corporation
Version:0.21.1 & Older
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.msi /qn
Download Link:https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/microsoft-powertoys-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 PowerToys 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.

Microsoft PowerToys (MSI) Silent Install with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\PowerToys-Install.log"

Do Not Launch PowerToys After Installation

PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.exe --silent --no_start_pt

Skip .NET 3.x Installation

PowerToysSetup-x.y.z-x64.exe --silent --skip_dotnet_install

How to Uninstall Microsoft PowerToys Silently

Check out the Microsoft PowerToys 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:
VersionPowerToys Silent Uninstall String
0.45.0MsiExec.exe /x {B3A4E585-5157-49AE-98FA-234D2E1BDD75} /qn
0.43.0MsiExec.exe /x {DED29EDD-F6DE-4B52-B070-260055565001} /qn
0.41.4MsiExec.exe /x {C3F0E458-1DEF-4118-89B6-B80E5A46DFE0} /qn
0.41.3MsiExec.exe /x {4A3949D5-8C9F-46D1-BBA6-921B56A90A23} /qn
0.41.2MsiExec.exe /x {3E02622B-1146-4640-B46C-C83315C2E858} /qn
0.37.2MsiExec.exe /x {76C2F219-2C72-4DBD-BC9E-F6DAE909AAB6} /qn
0.37.0MsiExec.exe /x {51CBAD6C-E458-46AC-B10E-997DA6C9FD4E} /qn
0.35.0MsiExec.exe /x {28C1DE41-8926-479A-901C-A5C9E2CE469B} /qn
0.33.1MsiExec.exe /x {21EFEBE5-45DF-479D-8ED1-BF733D4315BB} /qn
0.31.2MsiExec.exe /x {FB5F92BF-39E2-4757-A744-55D2D28E9BEF} /qn
0.31.1MsiExec.exe /x {174AD64A-220A-4CB9-ABDC-A13E3243DD09} /qn
0.29.3MsiExec.exe /x {06FB95EE-F4F6-4F61-9BDA-2D94BEFB46D3} /qn
0.29.0MsiExec.exe /x {94ED1A4A-5BE4-4B22-9452-ADACD3B146EA} /qn
0.28.0MsiExec.exe /x {EAC93E54-3B45-4989-A8BA-EC80155A03AA} /qn
0.27.1MsiExec.exe /x {3E993172-002F-4D62-BC26-8A3B0F036F7F} /qn
0.27.0MsiExec.exe /x {189FBBB3-1E68-4EE4-8D89-7BDF0F4D4E30} /qn
0.25.0MsiExec.exe /x {89EB699B-A751-4D6F-ACB1-E8D5DDA4D531} /qn
0.23.2MsiExec.exe /x {42B24CC6-4F1F-4BE1-868E-46F6E463BB0E} /qn
0.23.0MsiExec.exe /x {D6CA302C-BA91-489F-B025-02616E74B81C} /qn
0.21.1MsiExec.exe /x {D3959CF6-0284-40C0-BB4C-D50A1D72342F} /qn
0.20.1MsiExec.exe /x {B838E9AD-531C-43A5-B0F8-2A6C2759E84F} /qn
0.19.2MsiExec.exe /x {3EFDE709-F7B5-4AC9-8263-80D74FE75EB0} /qn
0.19.1MsiExec.exe /x {F7B25FFF-87C5-4121-9C44-D2980AAF476C} /qn
0.19.0MsiExec.exe /x {C9EA6CF4-135E-416A-9D43-48AB00212CBB} /qn
0.18.2MsiExec.exe /x {A8D7E634-5C5A-4A23-B998-F3A213E3D5FA} /qn
0.18.1MsiExec.exe /x {CDDC27B3-9C3C-4BF3-9E4A-27F2D0EA1765} /qn
0.18.0MsiExec.exe /x {1517B615-E3A4-4590-9479-ED18FF30F24E} /qn
0.17.0MsiExec.exe /x {34B30ED8-9F6B-4E85-9F57-7AD257B161C8} /qn
0.16.1MsiExec.exe /x {DAA1ABA4-1DDC-456D-ADF7-D803BB92AAD4} /qn
0.16.0MsiExec.exe /x {EFC7D4A7-3BDC-4E54-A8DC-0CBD69270EA1} /qn
0.15.2MsiExec.exe /x {B6B7DDDB-1FF6-47F6-AB32-457052610E19} /qn
0.15.1MsiExec.exe /x {8588EF11-9A4D-4075-9369-B6238344AB57} /qn
0.14.1MsiExec.exe /x {43588760-2C63-4E9A-B751-88330C677FE9} /qn
0.13.0MsiExec.exe /x {E57CB8F0-7B9D-42A7-A3E0-68CCB8D27437} /qn
0.12.0MsiExec.exe /x {444B57E2-3F21-4B39-A703-D4D0A561A12A} /qn
0.11.0MsiExec.exe /x {B1D89399-7B59-4256-812C-EA4255AB7A92} /qn

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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