Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client Silent Install (How-To Guide)


The Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client allows you to access Windows apps and desktops remotely from a different Windows device. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of the Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client from the command line using the MSI installer.

How to Install the Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client Silently

Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client Silent Install (MSI) on 32-bit Systems

  1. Navigate to: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/clients/windowsdesktop#install-the-client
  2. Select the Windows 32-bit download link
  3. Download the RemoteDesktop_x.y.z_x86.msi 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 RemoteDesktop_x.y.z_x86.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn
  7. Press Enter
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After a few moments you will find Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client
Vendor:Microsoft Corporation
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i RemoteDesktop_x.y.z_x86.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x RemoteDesktop_x.y.z_x86.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa RemoteDesktop_x.y.z_x86.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn
Download Link:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/clients/windowsdesktop#install-the-client
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/remote-desktop-msrdc-client-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client Silent Install (MSI) on 64-bit Systems

  1. Navigate to: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/clients/windowsdesktop#install-the-client
  2. Select the Windows 64-bit download link
  3. Download the RemoteDesktop_x.y.z_x64.msi 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 RemoteDesktop_x.y.z_x64.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn
  7. Press Enter

After a few moments you will find Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client
Vendor:Microsoft Corporation
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i RemoteDesktop_x.y.z_x64.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x RemoteDesktop_x.y.z_x64.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa RemoteDesktop_x.y.z_x64.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn
Download Link:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/clients/windowsdesktop#install-the-client
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/remote-desktop-msrdc-client-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 a Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client Installation Log File

The Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client 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.

Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client Silent Install with Logging (32-bit System)

MsiExec.exe /i RemoteDesktop_x.y.z_x86.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\MSRDCx86-Install.log"

Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client Silent Install with Logging (64-bit System)

MsiExec.exe /i RemoteDesktop_x.y.z_x64.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\MSRDCx64-Install.log"

Disable Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client Automatic Updates

  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • Enter the following command:
REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\MSRDC\Policies" /v AutomaticUpdates /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Configure Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client Insider Group

  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • Enter the following command:
REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\MSRDC\Policies" /v ReleaseRing /t REG_SZ /d insider /f

How to Uninstall the Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client Silently

Check out the Remote Desktop (MSRDC) Client 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:
VersionRemote Desktop (MSRDC) Client Silent Uninstall String
1.2.3213.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {AEB0ECB8-D20D-4621-95C5-F05F6025E27F} /qn
1.2.3213.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {7E4D333C-AB9F-4300-B331-942D07153C21} /qn
1.2.3130.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {B05BA72C-8B1A-4407-A0CC-E86FDD11E6EF} /qn
1.2.3130.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {FAD16A33-C310-4050-8AB6-3F97061BB03A} /qn
1.2.3128.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {BFCE0031-EDB1-4CD6-A995-22591D49541E} /qn
1.2.3128.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {4911C67F-E954-4950-BDD2-CD35395C3E00} /qn
1.2.3004.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {607501EE-33EC-43FC-AE03-266DD823BFDF} /qn
1.2.3004.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {4F1C5D10-F012-4039-89CF-2F4830A991AA} /qn
1.2.2924.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {502F6D29-93EB-4A76-8EFF-2BE50ED2A390} /qn
1.2.2924.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {E742C998-1658-4A7A-A085-50ED8595CF3F} /qn
1.2.2860.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {ECA6B3CB-BF1F-41D9-B769-2A463B92990E} /qn
1.2.2860.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {742205F4-5577-485F-89C9-DC0382262111} /qn
1.2.2851.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {BEC8014C-031F-4817-9EC4-2F6BF33B3A8B} /qn
1.2.2851.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {9D1F952A-9DE6-4DE2-93EC-34BD9B612F4E} /qn
1.2.2691.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {7D25ED02-ECAD-4A9E-970A-57F17A8EA62F} /qn
1.2.2691.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {02118480-1FCA-4465-98E0-9FC458057A6E} /qn
1.2.2688.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {1B1EF8F9-4934-4F71-8C98-72D6E3ADB119} /qn
1.2.2688.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {873F4FC7-FF59-4105-B348-847D51AD865F} /qn
1.2.2606.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {A813CC7F-5082-4260-9E14-C2377925F24D} /qn
1.2.2606.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {0F97C0CE-054A-44DB-826D-C37F9DA62472} /qn
1.2.2600.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {65B185CD-CF51-4FA1-B53F-50EC876CD401} /qn
1.2.2600.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {D6D4D6CA-A0DC-4341-9B7F-4F29DBEA34E7} /qn
1.2.2459.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {BD4E7AC7-F28F-4B08-B7F0-34BA6318023F} /qn
1.2.2459.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {72E41EC7-55E9-4B2A-B5F4-961E0DA45913} /qn
1.2.2322.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {87B98988-1B88-4159-BD19-A0AF3458F51E} /qn
1.2.2322.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {7021E36B-20DD-4DEC-BC64-63508F101403} /qn
1.2.2223.0 (32-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {C325427C-B3AB-4A88-8846-235999641E87} /qn
1.2.2223.0 (64-bit)MsiExec.exe /x {8FD498C5-2CB2-4A1D-BDDF-4E7D96879FBE} /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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