Moonlight Silent Install (How-To Guide)

Moonlight allows you to play your PC games on almost any device, whether you’re in another room or miles away from your gaming rig. Moonlight (formerly Limelight) is an open source implementation of NVIDIA’s GameStream protocol. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Moonlight from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Moonlight Silently

Moonlight Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Download the MoonlightSetup-x.y.z.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:
MoonlightSetup-x.y.z.exe /install /quiet /norestart

After a few moments you should see the Moonlight Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Moonlight Game Streaming Client
Vendor:Moonlight Game Streaming Project
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:MoonlightSetup-x.y.z.exe /install /quiet /norestart
Silent Uninstall Switch:MoonlightSetup-x.y.z.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart
Repair Command:MoonlightSetup-x.y.z.exe /repair /quiet /norestart
Download Link:Moonlight Game Streaming Client Download
PowerShell Script:Moonlight | PowerShell Script
Detection Script:Moonlight | Custome 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 Moonlight Installation Log File

The Moonlight 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.

Moonlight Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

MoonlightSetup-x.y.z.exe /install /quiet /norestart /log "%WINDIR%\Temp\Moonlight-Install.log"

How to Uninstall Moonlight Silently

Check out the following posts for a scripted solution:

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

Moonlight Silent Uninstall (EXE)

MoonlightSetup-x.y.z.exe /uninstall /quiet /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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