PuTTY 0.74 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


PuTTY is a free and open-source terminal emulator, serial console and network file transfer application. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of PuTTY 0.74 from the command line using the MSI installer.

How to Install PuTTY Silently

PuTTY 0.74 (32-bit) Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Select the 32-bit MSI (Windows Installer) link under Package Files
  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: MsiExec.exe /i putty-0.74-installer.msi /qn
  7. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the PuTTY shortcut in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:PuTTY release 0.74 (32-bit)
Vendor:Simon Tatham
Version:0.74.0.0
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i putty-0.74-installer.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {8F276E88-8C75-43AF-A245-7112AE5AF2DA} /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa {8F276E88-8C75-43AF-A245-7112AE5AF2DA} /qn
Download Link:https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/releases/0.74.html

PuTTY 0.74 (64-bit) Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Select the 64-bit MSI (Windows Installer) link under Package Files
  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: MsiExec.exe /i putty-64bit-0.74-installer.msi /qn
  7. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the PuTTY shortcut in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:PuTTY release 0.74 (64-bit)
Vendor:Simon Tatham
Version:0.74.0.0
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i putty-64bit-0.74-installer.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {127B996B-5308-4012-865B-9446451EA326} /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa {127B996B-5308-4012-865B-9446451EA326} /qn
Download Link:https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/releases/0.74.html

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 Installation Log File

The PuTTY 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.

PuTTY 0.74 (32-bit) Silent Install with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i putty-0.74-installer.msi /qn /L*V "%WINDIR%\Temp\PuTTY-Install.log"

PuTTY 0.74 (64-bit) Silent Install with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i putty-64bit-0.74-installer.msi /qn /L*V "%WINDIR%\Temp\PuTTY-Install.log"

Change Default Installation Directory

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

PuTTY 0.74 (32-bit)

MsiExec.exe /i putty-0.74-installer.msi INSTALLDIR="C:\PuTTY" /qn

PuTTY 0.74 (64-bit)

MsiExec.exe /i putty-64bit-0.74-installer.msi INSTALLDIR="C:\PuTTY" /qn

How to Uninstall PuTTY 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:

PuTTY 0.74 (32-bit) Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {8F276E88-8C75-43AF-A245-7112AE5AF2DA} /qn

PuTTY 0.74 (64-bit) Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {127B996B-5308-4012-865B-9446451EA326} /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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