Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2.34 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


VirtualBox is open-source hypervisor, creating a VM (virtual machine) in which the user can run another OS (operating system). This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of VirtualBox 5.2.34 from the command line using both EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install VirtualBox Silently

VirtualBox 5.2.34 Silent Install (EXE) (32-bit Operating System)

  1. Navigate to https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds_5_2
  2. Select the Windows Hosts under VirtualBox 5.2.34
  3. Download the file 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: VirtualBox-5.2.34-133893-Win.exe --silent --ignore-reboot
  7. Press Enter

After a minute or so you should see the Oracle VM VirtualBox Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2.34 (32-bit)
Vendor:Oracle Corporation
Version:5.2.34.133893
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:VirtualBox-5.2.34-133893-Win.exe --silent --ignore-reboot
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {613B857D-7161-4C66-AE2D-7DF59F9D58F4} /qn
Download Link:https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds_5_2

VirtualBox 5.2.34 Silent Install (EXE) (64-bit Operating System)

  1. Navigate to https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds_5_2
  2. Select the Windows Hosts under VirtualBox 5.2.34
  3. Download the file 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: VirtualBox-5.2.34-133893-Win.exe --silent --ignore-reboot
  7. Press Enter

After a minute or so you should see the Oracle VM VirtualBox Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

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Software Title:Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2.34 (64-bit)
Vendor:Oracle Corporation
Version:5.2.34.133893
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:VirtualBox-5.2.34-133893-Win.exe --silent --ignore-reboot
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {D5F867A5-B6AB-491E-8BE1-329D4D7C7760} /qn
Download Link:https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds_5_2

VirtualBox 5.2.34 Silent Install (MSI) (32-bit Operating System)

  1. Navigate to https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds_5_2
  2. Select the Windows Hosts under VirtualBox 5.2.34
  3. Download the file 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: VirtualBox-5.2.34-133893-Win.exe --extract -path C:\VBox
  7. Press Enter
  8. Navigate to the C:\VBox folder
  9. Enter the following command: MsiExec.exe /i VirtualBox-5.2.34-r133893-MultiArch_x86.msi /qn
  10. Press Enter

After a minute or so you should see the Oracle VM VirtualBox Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2.34 (32-bit)
Vendor:Oracle Corporation
Version:5.2.34.133893
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i VirtualBox-5.2.34-r133893-MultiArch_x86.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {613B857D-7161-4C66-AE2D-7DF59F9D58F4} /qn
Download Link:https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds_5_2

VirtualBox 5.2.34 Silent Install (MSI) (64-bit Operating System)

  1. Navigate to https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds_5_2
  2. Select the Windows Hosts under VirtualBox 5.2.34
  3. Download the file 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: VirtualBox-5.2.34-133893-Win.exe --extract -path C:\VBox
  7. Press Enter
  8. Navigate to the C:\VBox folder
  9. Enter the following command: MsiExec.exe /i VirtualBox-5.2.34-r133893-MultiArch_amd64.msi /qn
  10. Press Enter

After a minute or so you should see the Oracle VM VirtualBox Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2.34 (64-bit)
Vendor:Oracle Corporation
Version:5.2.34.133893
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i VirtualBox-5.2.34-r133893-MultiArch_amd64.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {D5F867A5-B6AB-491E-8BE1-329D4D7C7760} /qn
Download Link:https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds_5_2

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

Suppress VirtualBox Update Checks

You can suppress VirtualBox balloon notifications and update checks by running the following commands:

Note: These settings are per User and NOT per System so they will need to be run once for every user who logs on.

"%ProgramFiles%\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" setextradata global GUI/SuppressMessages "all"
"%ProgramFiles%\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" setextradata global GUI/UpdateDate "never"

Change Default Installation Directory

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

VirtualBox-5.2.34-133893-Win.exe --msiparams INSTALLDIR=C:\VirtualBox --silent --ignore-reboot

Create an Installation Log File

The VirtualBox installer offers the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following commands to create a log file with details about the installation.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2.34 Silent Install w/ Logging

VirtualBox-5.2.34-133893-Win.exe --silent --ignore-reboot --logging

The log file will be located in the following Temp directory of the user account from which the installer was run:

C:\Users\<User Name>\AppData\Local\Temp\VirtualBox


VirtualBox Install With NO Desktop Shortcut

You can specify whether or not an Oracle VM VirtualBox desktop icon will be created on the desktop. The default installation behavior is to include a desktop shortcut, however in the example below a desktop shortcut will not be created during the install.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2.34 Silent Install with NO Desktop Shortcut

VirtualBox-5.2.34-133893-Win.exe --msiparams VBOX_INSTALLDESKTOPSHORTCUT=0 --silent --ignore-reboot

Do Not Install VirtualBox Certificate Automatically

You can specify not to install the VirtualBox certificate automatically when silently installing the application. The default behavior is to install the certificate automatically, however the command line below will exclude it.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2.34 Silent Install Excluding Certificate

VirtualBox-5.2.34-133893-Win.exe --no-silent-cert --silent --ignore-reboot

How to Uninstall VirtualBox Silently

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command:
    • VirtualBox 5.2.34 on 32-bit Operating System:
    • MsiExec.exe /x {613B857D-7161-4C66-AE2D-7DF59F9D58F4} /qn
    • VirtualBox 5.2.34 on 64-bit Operating System:
    • MsiExec.exe /x {D5F867A5-B6AB-491E-8BE1-329D4D7C7760} /qn
  3. Press Enter

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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