Paint.net Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Paint.net is a freeware raster graphics editor program for Microsoft Windows, developed on the .NET Framework. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Paint.net from the command line using both EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install Paint.net Silently

Paint.net Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.dotpdn.com/downloads/pdn.html
  2. Select the Free Download Now link
  3. Extract the paint.net.x.y.z.install.zip 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: paint.net.x.y.z.install.exe /auto
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:paint.net
Vendor:dotPDN LLC
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:paint.net.x.y.z.install.exe /auto
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX} /qn
Download Link:https://www.dotpdn.com/downloads/pdn.html
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/paint-net-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

Paint.net (32-bit Systems Only) Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.dotpdn.com/downloads/pdn.html
  2. Select the Free Download Now link
  3. Extract the paint.net.x.y.z.install.zip 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: paint.net.x.y.z.install.exe /createMSI
  7. Press Enter
  8. You should now see a PaintDotNetMsi folder on the Desktop
  9. Copy the PaintDotNet_x86.msi from the Desktop to (C:\Downloads)
  10. Enter the following command: MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x86.msi /qn
  11. Press Enter

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

Software Title:paint.net
Vendor:dotPDN LLC
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x86.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x PaintDotNet_x86.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa PaintDotNet_x86.msi /qn
Download Link:https://www.dotpdn.com/downloads/pdn.html
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/paint-net-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

Paint.net (64-bit Systems Only) Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.dotpdn.com/downloads/pdn.html
  2. Select the Free Download Now link
  3. Extract the paint.net.x.y.z.install.zip 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: paint.net.x.y.z.install.exe /createMSI
  7. Press Enter
  8. You should now see a PaintDotNetMsi folder on the Desktop
  9. Copy the PaintDotNet_x64.msi from the Desktop to (C:\Downloads)
  10. Enter the following command: MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x64.msi /qn
  11. Press Enter

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

Software Title:paint.net
Vendor:dotPDN LLC
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x64.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x PaintDotNet_x64.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa PaintDotNet_x64.msi /qn
Download Link:https://www.dotpdn.com/downloads/pdn.html
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/paint-net-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

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

Create an Installation Log File

The MSI 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 verbose log file with details about the installation.

Paint.net 32-bit (MSI) Silent Install with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x86.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\Paint.net-Install.log"

Paint.net 64-bit (MSI) Silent Install with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x64.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\Paint.net-Install.log"

Change Default Installation Directory

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

Paint.net (EXE)

paint.net.x.y.z.install.exe /auto TARGETDIR=C:\Paint.net

Paint.net 32-bit (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x86.msi TARGETDIR=C:\Paint.net /qn

Paint.net 64-bit (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x64.msi TARGETDIR=C:\Paint.net /qn

Disable Check For Updates

Paint.net (EXE) Silent Install with Update Checks Disabled

paint.net.x.y.z.install.exe /auto CHECKFORUPDATES=0

Paint.net 32-bit (MSI) Silent Install with Update Checks Disabled

MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x86.msi CHECKFORUPDATES=0 /qn

Paint.net 64-bit (MSI) Silent Install with Update Checks Disabled

MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x64.msi CHECKFORUPDATES=0 /qn

Exclude Desktop Shortcut During Install

The Paint.net installers create a desktop shortcut by default. If you don’t want the desktop shortcut, then you can run the following command line switches to exclude it.

Paint.net (EXE) Silent Install with No Desktop Shortcut

paint.net.x.y.z.install.exe /auto DESKTOPSHORTCUT=0

Paint.net 32-bit (MSI) Silent Install with No Desktop Shortcut

MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x86.msi DESKTOPSHORTCUT=0 /qn

Paint.net 64-bit (MSI) Silent Install with No Desktop Shortcut

MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x64.msi DESKTOPSHORTCUT=0 /qn

Enable Check For Pre-Release Beta Versions

Paint.net (EXE) Silent Install with Beta Checks Enabled

paint.net.x.y.z.install.exe /auto CHECKFORBETAS=1

Paint.net 32-bit (MSI) Silent Install with Beta Checks Enabled

MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x86.msi CHECKFORBETAS=1 /qn

Paint.net 64-bit (MSI) Silent Install with Beta Checks Enabled

MsiExec.exe /i PaintDotNet_x64.msi CHECKFORBETAS=1 /qn

How to Uninstall Paint.net Silently

Check out the Paint.net 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 one of the following commands:

Paint.net Silent Uninstall (MSI) on 32-bit Systems

MsiExec.exe /x PaintDotNet_x86.msi /qn

Paint.net Silent Uninstall (MSI) on 64-bit Systems

MsiExec.exe /x PaintDotNet_x64.msi /qn

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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