Steam Silent Install (How-To Guide)

Steam is a video game digital distribution service platform developed by Valve Corporation. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Steam from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Steam Silently

Steam Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Download the SteamSetup.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: SteamSetup.exe /S
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Steam
Vendor:Valve Corporation
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:SteamSetup.exe /S
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\Steam\uninstall.exe" /S
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Steam\uninstall.exe" /S
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 link provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.

Additional Configurations

Change the Steam Default Installation Directory

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

SteamSetup.exe /S /D=C:\Steam

How to Uninstall Steam Silently

Check out the following posts for a scripted solution:

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

Steam Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\Steam\uninstall.exe" /S

Steam Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Steam\uninstall.exe" /S

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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