Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications lets you add and run VSTA customizations in applications that are integrated with VSTA. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012 from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012 Silently

Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012 Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38807
  2. Download & Copy the vsta_setup.exe to a folder created at (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: vsta_setup.exe /quiet /norestart
  6. Press Enter

After a few moments you will find Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications entries in the Installation Directory and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012
Vendor:Microsoft Corporation
Version:11.0
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:vsta_setup.exe /quiet /norestart
Silent Uninstall Switch:vsta_setup.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart
Download Link:https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38807
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/microsoft-visual-studio-tools-for-applications-2012-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 a Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012 Installation Log File

The Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012 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.

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vsta_setup.exe /quiet /norestart /log "%WINDIR%\Temp\VSTA2012-Install.log"

How to Uninstall Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012 Silently

Check out the Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012 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 Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012 Silent Uninstall (EXE)

vsta_setup.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart

Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2012 Silent Uninstall (EXE) with Logging

vsta_setup.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart /log "%WINDIR%\Temp\VSTA2012-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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