MiniZinc IDE Silent Install (How-To Guide)

MiniZinc IDE is an integrated development environment for MiniZinc, a high-level modeling language for specifying and solving constraint satisfaction and optimization problems. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of MiniZinc IDE from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install MiniZinc IDE Silently

MiniZinc IDE Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Download the MiniZincIDE-x.y.z-bundled-setup-win64.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:
MiniZincIDE-x.y.z-bundled-setup-win64.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /ALLUSERS

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

Software Title:MiniZinc IDE
Vendor:Data61 and Monash University
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:MiniZincIDE-x.y.z-bundled-setup-win64.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /ALLUSERS
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\MiniZinc\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:MiniZinc IDE Download
PowerShell Script:MiniZinc IDE | PowerShell Script
Detection Script:MiniZinc IDE | Custom Detection 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 a MiniZinc IDE Installation Log File

The MiniZinc IDE 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.

MiniZinc IDE Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

MiniZincIDE-x.y.z-bundled-setup-win64.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /ALLUSERS /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\MiniZincIDE-Install.log"

Change the MiniZinc IDE Default Installation Directory

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

MiniZincIDE-x.y.z-bundled-setup-win64.exe /DIR="C:\MiniZinc" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /ALLUSERS

Include the MiniZinc IDE Desktop Shortcut During Install

The MiniZinc IDE 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.

MiniZinc IDE Silent Install (EXE) with Desktop Shortcut

MiniZincIDE-x.y.z-bundled-setup-win64.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /ALLUSERS /MERGETASKS=desktopicon

Disable MiniZinc IDE Check for Updates Prompt

  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • Run the following commands once for each user:
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\MiniZinc\MiniZinc IDE (bundled)\ide" /v checkforupdates21 /t REG_SZ /d "false" /f
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\MiniZinc\MiniZinc IDE (bundled)\ide" /v lastCheck21 /t REG_SZ /d "Fri Dec 29 2023" /f

How to Uninstall MiniZinc IDE Silently

Check out the following posts for a scripted solution:

MiniZinc IDE Install and Uninstall (PowerShell)
MiniZinc IDE Silent Uninstall (PowerShell)
  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter one of the following commands:

MiniZinc IDE Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%ProgramFiles%\MiniZinc\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

MiniZinc IDE Silent Uninstall (EXE) – User Profile

"%LocalAppData%\Programs\MiniZinc\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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