RETScreen Expert Silent Install (How-To Guide)

RETScreen Expert allows for the comprehensive identification, assessment and optimization of the technical and financial viability of potential renewable energy, energy efficiency and cogeneration projects; the measurement and verification of the actual performance of facilities; the identification of energy savings/production opportunities; and portfolio management of multiple facilities. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of RETScreen Expert from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install RETScreen Expert Silently

RETScreen Expert Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Download & Copy the RETScreenExpertInstaller.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  4. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  5. Enter the following command: RETScreenExpertInstaller.exe /install /quiet /norestart
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:RETScreen Expert
Vendor:Natural Resources Canada – Ressources naturelles Canada
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:RETScreenExpertInstaller.exe /install /quiet /norestart
Silent Uninstall Switch:RETScreenExpertInstaller.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart
Repair Command:RETScreenExpertInstaller.exe /repair /quiet /norestart
Download Link:
PowerShell Script:
Detection Script:

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 RETScreen Expert Installation Log File

The RETScreen Expert 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.

RETScreen Expert Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

RETScreenExpertInstaller.exe /install /quiet /norestart /log "%WINDIR%\Temp\RETScreenExpert-Install.log"

Suppress Professional Mode Subscription Dialog

  • Open Notepad or your favorite text editor
  • Add the following lines:
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<Preferences xmlns:xsd="" xmlns:xsi="">
    <Preference Key="License.ShowFirstBootLicenseDialog">
      <Value xsi:type="xsd:boolean">false</Value>
  • Save the file to C:\Downloads and name it:
  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  • Enter the following command:
xcopy /y ".\" "%LocalAppData%\RETScreen\RETScreen Expert\"

How to Uninstall RETScreen Expert Silently

Check out the following posts for a scripted solution:

RETScreen Expert Install and Uninstall (PowerShell)
RETScreen Expert Silent Uninstall (PowerShell)
  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command:

RETScreen Expert Silent Uninstall (EXE)

RETScreenExpertInstaller.exe /uninstall /quiet /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.

Jason Bergner

I am an accomplished Software Engineer at Patch My PC, leveraging more than 18 years of hands-on experience in Configuration Manager administration and application packaging. I am driven by a genuine passion for solving complex problems and consistently strive to discover innovative and effective solutions. Sharing my extensive knowledge of application deployments is a true joy for me, and I am honored to contribute to the community here at Silent Install HQ.

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