Skype for Desktop Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Skype for Desktop is a telecommunications application that specializes in providing video chat, voice calls and instant messaging services. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Skype for Desktop from the command line using both the EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install Skype for Desktop Silently

Skype for Desktop Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://go.skype.com/windows.desktop.download
  2. Download the 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:
    • Skype-x.x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /SUPPRESSMSGBOXES /DL=1
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Skype for Desktop
Vendor:Skype Technologies S.A.
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install:Skype-x.x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /SUPPRESSMSGBOXES /DL=1
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit OS)"%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit OS)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:https://go.skype.com/windows.desktop.download

Skype for Desktop Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://go.skype.com/msi-download
  2. Download the MSI 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: MsiExec.exe /i Skype-x.x.y.z.msi /qn
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Skype for Desktop
Vendor:Skype Technologies S.A.
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install:MsiExec.exe /i Skype-x.x.y.z.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x Skype-x.x.y.z.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa Skype-x.x.y.z.msi /qn
Download Link:https://go.skype.com/msi-download

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 Skype for Desktop installers offer 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.

Skype for Desktop Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

Skype-x.x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /SUPPRESSMSGBOXES /DL=1 /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\Skype-Install.log"

Skype for Desktop Silent Install (MSI) with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i Skype-x.x.y.z.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\Skype-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 Skype to “C:\Skype”

Skype for Desktop (EXE)

Skype-x.x.y.z.exe /DIR="C:\Skype" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /SUPPRESSMSGBOXES /DL=1

How to Uninstall Skype for Desktop 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:

Skype for Desktop Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Skype for Desktop Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Skype for Desktop Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x Skype-x.x.y.z.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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