StuffIt Expander Silent Install (How-To Guide)

StuffIt Expander is a proprietary, freeware, closed source, decompression software utility. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of StuffIt Expander from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install StuffIt Expander Silently

StuffIt Expander Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Select Windows Download
  3. Download the EXE 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: StuffItExpanderx86_x64_XXXX.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  7. Press Enter

After a few moments you will find StuffIt Expander entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:StuffIt Expander
Vendor:Smith Micro Software, Inc.
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:StuffItExpanderx86_x64_XXXX.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\Smith Micro\StuffIt Expander 2011\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Smith Micro\StuffIt Expander 2011\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:

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 StuffIt Expander 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.

StuffIt Expander Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

StuffItExpanderx86_x64_XXXX.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\StuffItExpander-Install.log"

Include Desktop Shortcut During Install

The StuffIt Expander installer does not create a desktop shortcut by default. If you want the desktop shortcut, then you can run the following command line switches to include it.

StuffIt Expander Silent Install (EXE) with Desktop Shortcut

StuffItExpanderx86_x64_XXXX.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=desktopicon

How to Uninstall StuffIt Expander 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:

StuffIt Expander Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit Systems

"%ProgramFiles%\Smith Micro\StuffIt Expander 2011\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

StuffIt Expander Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit Systems

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Smith Micro\StuffIt Expander 2011\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /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.

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