Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS) Silent Install (How-To Guide)

Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS) is a script-driven installer authoring tool for Microsoft Windows. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS) from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install NSIS Silently

Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS) Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Download the NSIS Installer
  2. Download the file 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: nsis-3.06.1-setup.exe /S
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS)
Vendor:Nullsoft and Contributors
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:nsis-3.06.1-setup.exe /S
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\NSIS\uninst-nsis.exe" /S
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\NSIS\uninst-nsis.exe" /S
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The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download link provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.

Additional Configurations

Change Default Installation Directory

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

nsis-3.06.1-setup.exe /S /D=C:\NSIS

How to Uninstall NSIS Silently

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter one of the following commands:

NSIS Silent Uninstall on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\NSIS\uninst-nsis.exe" /S

NSIS Silent Uninstall on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\NSIS\uninst-nsis.exe" /S

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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