OpenBoard Silent Install (How-To Guide)


OpenBoard is a free and open-source interactive whiteboard software compatible with any projector and pointing device. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of OpenBoard from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install OpenBoard Silently

OpenBoard Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://openboard.ch/download.en.html
  2. Select the OpenBoard for Windows Download
  3. Download the OpenBoard_Installer_x.y.z.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: OpenBoard_Installer_x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  7. Press Enter
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After a few moments you will find OpenBoard entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:OpenBoard
Vendor:Open Education Foundation
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:OpenBoard_Installer_x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\OpenBoard\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:https://openboard.ch/download.en.html
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/openboard-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 OpenBoard Installation Log File

The OpenBoard 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.

OpenBoard Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

OpenBoard_Installer_x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\OpenBoard-Install.log"

Change the OpenBoard Default Installation Directory

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

OpenBoard_Installer_x.y.z.exe /DIR="C:\OpenBoard" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Include the OpenBoard Desktop Shortcut During Install

The OpenBoard 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.

OpenBoard Silent Install (EXE) with Desktop Shortcut

OpenBoard_Installer_x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=desktopicon

Hide OpenBoard Check for Software Update

  • Open Windows PowerShell by Right-Clicking on Windows PowerShell and selecting Run as Administrator
  • Enter the following command:
(Get-Content "C:\Program Files\OpenBoard\etc\OpenBoard.config") | ForEach-Object { $_ -replace "HideCheckForSoftwareUpdate=false" , "HideCheckForSoftwareUpdate=true" } | Set-Content "C:\Program Files\OpenBoard\etc\OpenBoard.config"

Disable OpenBoard Automatic Software Updates

  • Open Windows PowerShell by Right-Clicking on Windows PowerShell and selecting Run as Administrator
  • Enter the following command:
(Get-Content "C:\Program Files\OpenBoard\etc\OpenBoard.config") | ForEach-Object { $_ -replace "EnableAutomaticSoftwareUpdates=true" , "EnableAutomaticSoftwareUpdates=false" } | Set-Content "C:\Program Files\OpenBoard\etc\OpenBoard.config"

Disable OpenBoard Software Updates

  • Open Windows PowerShell by Right-Clicking on Windows PowerShell and selecting Run as Administrator
  • Enter the following command:
(Get-Content "C:\Program Files\OpenBoard\etc\OpenBoard.config") | ForEach-Object { $_ -replace "EnableSoftwareUpdates=true" , "EnableSoftwareUpdates=false" } | Set-Content "C:\Program Files\OpenBoard\etc\OpenBoard.config"

How to Uninstall OpenBoard Silently

Check out the OpenBoard 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 the following command:

OpenBoard Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%ProgramFiles%\OpenBoard\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.

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