Total Commander Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Total Commander is an orthodox file manager for Windows. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Total Commander from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Total Commander Silently

Total Commander 32-bit Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.ghisler.com/download.htm
  2. Select the 32-bit Installer
  3. Download the tcmd9xy.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: tcmd9xy.exe /AHMGDU
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Total Commander
Vendor:Ghisler Software GmbH
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:tcmd9xy.exe /AHMGDU
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%SystemDrive%\totalcmd\tcuninst.exe" /7
Download Link:https://www.ghisler.com/download.htm

Total Commander 64-bit Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.ghisler.com/download.htm
  2. Select the 64-bit Installer
  3. Download the tcmd9xy.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: tcmd9xy.exe /AHMGDU
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Total Commander
Vendor:Ghisler Software GmbH
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:tcmd9xy.exe /AHMGDU
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%SystemDrive%\totalcmd\tcunin64.exe" /7
Download Link:https://www.ghisler.com/download.htm

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

Exclude Desktop Shortcut During Install

Total Commander Silent Install (EXE) with No Desktop Shortcut

tcmd9xy.exe /AHMGU

Activate Total Commander License Key During Install

  1. Copy your wincmd.key file to C:\Downloads
  2. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  3. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  4. Enter the following command: tcmd9xy.exe /AHMGDUK
  5. Press Enter
  • Note: If Total Commander is already installed you can simply copy the wincmd.key file to the installation directory (c:\totalcmd by default)

Total Commander Silent Install Using INSTALL.INF

  1. Navigate to: https://www.ghisler.com/download.htm
  2. Select either the 32-bit or 64-bit Installer
  3. Download the EXE to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  4. Install Total Commander to the default location (C:\totalcmd)
  5. Download the new self-extracting installer: http://ghisler.fileburst.com/addons/sfxhead_installer.zip
  6. Extract the contents of the zip file to C:\Downloads\sfxhead_installer
  7. Navigate to one of the following folders:
    • C:\Downloads\sfxhead_installer\32 (32-bit for 32-bit or combined version)
    • C:\Downloads\sfxhead_installer\64 (64-bit for 64-bit only version)
  8. Copy the sfxhead.sfx file to the installation directory where you installed Total Commander in Step 4 and overwrite the existing sfxhead.sfx file
  9. Launch Total Commander
  10. In the left-hand window, Navigate to C:\Downloads
  11. Select the tcmd9xy.exe, then go to Files-> Unpack Specified Files-> OK-> OK
  12. Unpack the specified files from archive to C:\Downloads\TotalCommander
  13. Click OK
  14. Navigate to C:\Downloads\TotalCommander and Open the INSTALL.INF file
  15. Update the following lines for a silent install for all users:
    • UserName=*
    • auto=1
    • hidden=1
  16. Save & Close the INSTALL.INF
  17. Inside Total Commander, go to the Configuration menu-> Options-> ZIP packer-> Set Internal ZIP compression to “other”: 0 = none
  18. Click Apply & OK
  19. Inside Total Commader, in the left-hand window, Navigate to C:\Downloads\TotalCommander
  20. Select all of the files in that directory
  21. Go to Files-> Pack…
  22. Select “Create self extracting archive”-> OK
  23. Update Path to zip:C:\Downloads\TotalCommander.exe
  24. Uninstall Total Commander
  25. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  26. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  27. Enter the following command: TotalCommander.exe
  28. Press Enter

Change Default Installation Directory

You can change the default installation directory by using the INSTALL.INF file. In this example, I’m installing Total Commander to “C:\Program Files\Total Commander”

  1. Follow Steps 1-15 in the section above for installing Total Commander using the INSTALL.INF file
  2. Update the [Destination] section:
    • Dir=C:\Program Files\Total Commander
    • IgnoreOldLocation=1
  3. Complete Steps 16-28 above

Customize Total Commander Configuration Options

  1. Follow the “How to Install Total Commander Silently” steps mentioned earlier in the article
  2. Launch Total Commander
  3. Navigate to Configuration-> Options
  4. Customize settings to your preferences
  5. Click Apply & OK
  6. Close Total Commander
  7. Navigate to “%AppData%\GHISLER”
  8. Copy the wincmd.ini to C:\Downloads
  9. Uninstall Total Commander & Delete the wincmd.ini from the “%AppData%\GHISLER” directory
  10. Follow the “How to Install Total Commander Silently” steps mentioned earlier in the article
  11. Create the “%AppData%\GHISLER” directory (if not present)
  12. Copy the wincmd.ini to “%AppData%\GHISLER”

Specify Configuration File (wincmd.ini) Location

You can also change the default location of the wincmd.ini file by using the INSTALL.INF file. In this example, I’m installing the configuration file to “C:\totalcmd”

  1. Follow Steps 1-15 in the section above for installing Total Commander using the INSTALL.INF file
  2. Update the [auto] section:
    • iniloc=C:\totalcmd
    • iniall=1
  3. Complete Steps 16-28 above

How to Uninstall Total Commander 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:

Total Commander 32-bit Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%SystemDrive%\totalcmd\tcuninst.exe" /7

Total Commander 64-bit Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%SystemDrive%\totalcmd\tcunin64.exe" /7

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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