VLC Media Player Install and Uninstall (PowerShell)


This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform silent or interactive installs and uninstalls of VLC Media Player using the Powershell App Deployment Toolkit. The PowerShell App Deployment Toolkit can be used to replace your WiseScript, VBScript and Batch wrapper scripts with one versatile, re-usable and extensible tool. This tool is an absolute must for Microsoft Endpoint Manager Configuration Manager (MEMCM) / (SCCM) Administrators or anyone who is responsible for packaging and deploying software.

How to Install VLC Media Player Using the PowerShell App Deployment Toolkit

  1. Download the Powershell App Deployment Toolkit 3.8.3:
  2. Download the zip file to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Open Windows PowerShell by Right-Clicking on Windows PowerShell and selecting Run as Administrator
  4. Enter the following command to remove the Zone.Identifier:
    • Unblock-File -Path C:\Downloads\PSAppDeployToolkit_v3.8.3.zip
  5. Enter the following command to extract the contents of the zip file:
    • Expand-Archive -Path C:\Downloads\PSAppDeployToolkit_v3.8.3.zip -DestinationPath C:\Downloads\PADT
  6. Enter the following commands to copy the AppDeployToolkit, Files & SupportFiles folders to “C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer”:
    • Copy-Item -Path "C:\Downloads\PADT\Toolkit\AppDeployToolkit" -Destination "C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer\AppDeployToolkit" -Recurse
    • Copy-Item -Path "C:\Downloads\PADT\Toolkit\Files" -Destination "C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer\Files"
    • Copy-Item -Path "C:\Downloads\PADT\Toolkit\SupportFiles" -Destination "C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer\SupportFiles"

You should now see the AppDeploymentToolkit folder with files & the empty Files & SupportFiles folders at “C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer”

I like to keep my scripts as dynamic as possible so they can handle multiple scenarios such as the ability to install the 32-bit version of an application on 32-bit systems and the 64-bit version of an application on 64-bit systems. Next we’ll want to download both the 32-bit and 64-bit MSI installers for VLC Media Player.

  1. Navigate to: http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/
  2. Download both the 32-bit MSI & 64-bit MSI of your choice to “C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer\Files\”
  3. Follow the VLC Media Player Silent Install (How-To Guide) for instructions on how to generate the vlcrc file (Disables Auto-Update Checks & Metadata Network Access)
  4. Copy the vlcrc file to the “C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer\SupportFiles\” folder
  5. Copy the PowerShell script below to “C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer” & name it Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1
<#
.SYNOPSIS
	This script performs the installation or uninstallation of VLC Media Player.
	# LICENSE #
	PowerShell App Deployment Toolkit - Provides a set of functions to perform common application deployment tasks on Windows.
	Copyright (C) 2017 - Sean Lillis, Dan Cunningham, Muhammad Mashwani, Aman Motazedian.
	This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
	You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
.DESCRIPTION
	The script either performs an "Install" deployment type or an "Uninstall" deployment type.
	The install deployment type is broken down into 3 main sections/phases: Pre-Install, Install, and Post-Install.
	The script dot-sources the AppDeployToolkitMain.ps1 script which contains the logic and functions required to install or uninstall an application.
.PARAMETER DeploymentType
	The type of deployment to perform. Default is: Install.
.PARAMETER DeployMode
	Specifies whether the installation should be run in Interactive, Silent, or NonInteractive mode. Default is: Interactive. Options: Interactive = Shows Dialogs, Silent = No Dialogs, NonInteractive = Very Silent, i.e. No Blocking Apps. NonInteractive mode is automatically set if it is detected that the process is not user interactive.
.PARAMETER AllowRebootPassThru
	Allows the 3010 return code (Requires Restart) to be passed back to the parent process (e.g. SCCM) if detected from an installation. If 3010 is passed back to SCCM, a reboot prompt will be triggered.
.PARAMETER TerminalServerMode
	Changes to "user install mode" and back to "user execute mode" for installing/uninstalling applications for Remote Destkop Session Hosts/Citrix servers.
.PARAMETER DisableLogging
	Disables logging to file for the script. Default is: $false.
.EXAMPLE
    PowerShell.exe .\Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1 -DeploymentType "Install" -DeployMode "NonInteractive"
.EXAMPLE
    PowerShell.exe .\Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1 -DeploymentType "Install" -DeployMode "Silent"
.EXAMPLE
    PowerShell.exe .\Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1 -DeploymentType "Install" -DeployMode "Interactive"
.EXAMPLE
    PowerShell.exe .\Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1 -DeploymentType "Uninstall" -DeployMode "NonInteractive"
.EXAMPLE
    PowerShell.exe .\Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1 -DeploymentType "Uninstall" -DeployMode "Silent"
.EXAMPLE
    PowerShell.exe .\Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1 -DeploymentType "Uninstall" -DeployMode "Interactive"
.NOTES
	Toolkit Exit Code Ranges:
	60000 - 68999: Reserved for built-in exit codes in Deploy-Application.ps1, Deploy-Application.exe, and AppDeployToolkitMain.ps1
	69000 - 69999: Recommended for user customized exit codes in Deploy-Application.ps1
	70000 - 79999: Recommended for user customized exit codes in AppDeployToolkitExtensions.ps1
.LINK
	http://psappdeploytoolkit.com
#>
[CmdletBinding()]
Param (
	[Parameter(Mandatory=$false)]
	[ValidateSet('Install','Uninstall','Repair')]
	[string]$DeploymentType = 'Install',
	[Parameter(Mandatory=$false)]
	[ValidateSet('Interactive','Silent','NonInteractive')]
	[string]$DeployMode = 'Interactive',
	[Parameter(Mandatory=$false)]
	[switch]$AllowRebootPassThru = $false,
	[Parameter(Mandatory=$false)]
	[switch]$TerminalServerMode = $false,
	[Parameter(Mandatory=$false)]
	[switch]$DisableLogging = $false
)

Try {
	## Set the Script Execution Policy for This Process
	Try { Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy 'ByPass' -Scope 'Process' -Force -ErrorAction 'Stop' } Catch {}

	##*===============================================
	##* VARIABLE DECLARATION
	##*===============================================
	## Variables: Application
	[string]$appVendor = 'VideoLAN'
	[string]$appName = 'VLC Media Player'
	[string]$appVersion = ''
	[string]$appArch = ''
	[string]$appLang = ''
	[string]$appRevision = ''
	[string]$appScriptVersion = '1.0.0'
	[string]$appScriptDate = 'XX/XX/20XX'
	[string]$appScriptAuthor = 'Jason Bergner'
	##*===============================================
	## Variables: Install Titles (Only Set Here to Override Defaults Set by the Toolkit)
	[string]$installName = ''
	[string]$installTitle = ''

	##* Do Not Modify Section Below
	#region DoNotModify

	## Variables: Exit Code
	[int32]$mainExitCode = 0

	## Variables: Script
	[string]$deployAppScriptFriendlyName = 'Deploy Application'
	[version]$deployAppScriptVersion = [version]'3.8.3'
	[string]$deployAppScriptDate = '30/09/2020'
	[hashtable]$deployAppScriptParameters = $psBoundParameters

	## Variables: Environment
	If (Test-Path -LiteralPath 'variable:HostInvocation') { $InvocationInfo = $HostInvocation } Else { $InvocationInfo = $MyInvocation }
	[string]$scriptDirectory = Split-Path -Path $InvocationInfo.MyCommand.Definition -Parent

	## Dot Source the Required App Deploy Toolkit Functions
	Try {
		[string]$moduleAppDeployToolkitMain = "$scriptDirectory\AppDeployToolkit\AppDeployToolkitMain.ps1"
		If (-not (Test-Path -LiteralPath $moduleAppDeployToolkitMain -PathType 'Leaf')) { Throw "Module does not exist at the specified location [$moduleAppDeployToolkitMain]." }
		If ($DisableLogging) { . $moduleAppDeployToolkitMain -DisableLogging } Else { . $moduleAppDeployToolkitMain }
	}
	Catch {
		If ($mainExitCode -eq 0){ [int32]$mainExitCode = 60008 }
		Write-Error -Message "Module [$moduleAppDeployToolkitMain] failed to load: `n$($_.Exception.Message)`n `n$($_.InvocationInfo.PositionMessage)" -ErrorAction 'Continue'
		## Exit the script, returning the exit code to SCCM
		If (Test-Path -LiteralPath 'variable:HostInvocation') { $script:ExitCode = $mainExitCode; Exit } Else { Exit $mainExitCode }
	}

	#endregion
	##* Do Not Modify Section Above
	##*===============================================
	##* END VARIABLE DECLARATION
	##*===============================================

	If ($deploymentType -ine 'Uninstall' -and $deploymentType -ine 'Repair') {
		##*===============================================
		##* PRE-INSTALLATION
		##*===============================================
		[string]$installPhase = 'Pre-Installation'

		## Show Welcome Message, Close VLC Media Player With a 60 Second Countdown Before Automatically Closing
		Show-InstallationWelcome -CloseApps 'vlc' -CloseAppsCountdown 60

		## Show Progress Message (With the Default Message)
		Show-InstallationProgress

		## Uninstall Any Existing Versions of VLC Media Player (MSI)
        Remove-MSIApplications -Name "VLC Media Player"

        ## Uninstall Existing Versions of VLC Media Player (EXE)
        $AppList = Get-InstalledApplication -Name 'VLC Media Player'
		
        ForEach ($App in $AppList)
        {
        If($App.UninstallString)
        {
        $UninstPath = $App.UninstallString -replace '"', ''
        
        If(Test-Path -Path $UninstPath)
        {
        Write-log -Message "Found $($App.DisplayName) ($($App.DisplayVersion)) and a valid uninstall string, now attempting to uninstall."

        Execute-Process -Path $UninstPath -Parameters '/S'
        Sleep -Seconds 5
        }
        }
        }

		##*===============================================
		##* INSTALLATION
		##*===============================================
		[string]$installPhase = 'Installation'


        If ($ENV:PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE -eq 'x86'){
        Write-Log -Message "Detected 32-bit OS Architecture" -Severity 1 -Source $deployAppScriptFriendlyName

        $MsiPath32 = Get-ChildItem -Path "$dirFiles" -Include vlc*win32.msi -File -Recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

        If($MsiPath32.Exists)
        {
        Write-Log -Message "Found $($MsiPath32.FullName), now attempting to install $installTitle."
        ## Install VLC Media Player (32-bit Systems)
        Show-InstallationProgress "Installing VLC Media Player (32-bit Systems). This may take some time. Please wait..."
        Execute-MSI -Action Install -Path "$MsiPath32"
        }

        }
        Else
        {
        Write-Log -Message "Detected 64-bit OS Architecture" -Severity 1 -Source $deployAppScriptFriendlyName

        $MsiPath64 = Get-ChildItem -Path "$dirFiles" -Include vlc*win64.msi -File -Recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

        If($MsiPath64.Exists)
        {
        Write-Log -Message "Found $($MsiPath64.FullName), now attempting to install $installTitle."
        ## Install VLC Media Player (64-bit Systems)
        Show-InstallationProgress "Installing VLC Media Player (64-bit Systems). This may take some time. Please wait..."
        Execute-MSI -Action Install -Path "$MsiPath64"
        }
        }

        ## Copy Preferences to Default User Profile
        Write-Log -Message "Copying VLC Preferences To Default User Profile" -Source $deployAppScriptFriendlyName

        $PrefPath = "$dirSupportFiles\vlcrc"
        $Default = "C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\vlc\"

        New-Item "$Default" -ItemType Directory -Force
        Copy-Item $PrefPath -Destination "$Default" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

        ## Copy VLC Preferences To User Profile
        Write-Log -Message "Copying VLC Preferences To User Profile" -Source $deployAppScriptFriendlyName

        $PrefPath = "$dirSupportFiles\vlcrc"
        $UserProfiles = Get-WmiObject Win32_UserProfile | Select-Object -ExpandProperty LocalPath
        ForEach ($Profile in $UserProfiles) {

        New-Item "$Profile\AppData\Roaming\vlc\" -ItemType Directory -Force
        Copy-Item $PrefPath -Destination "$Profile\AppData\Roaming\vlc\" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
        }

		##*===============================================
		##* POST-INSTALLATION
		##*===============================================
		[string]$installPhase = 'Post-Installation'


	}
	ElseIf ($deploymentType -ieq 'Uninstall')
	{
		##*===============================================
		##* PRE-UNINSTALLATION
		##*===============================================
		[string]$installPhase = 'Pre-Uninstallation'

		## Show Welcome Message, Close VLC Media Player With a 60 Second Countdown Before Automatically Closing
		Show-InstallationWelcome -CloseApps 'vlc' -CloseAppsCountdown 60

        ## Show Progress Message (With a Message to Indicate the Application is Being Uninstalled)
        Show-InstallationProgress -StatusMessage "Uninstalling Application $installTitle. Please Wait..." 


		##*===============================================
		##* UNINSTALLATION
		##*===============================================
		[string]$installPhase = 'Uninstallation'

		## Uninstall VLC Media Player (MSI)
        Remove-MSIApplications -Name "VLC Media Player"

        ## Uninstall VLC Media Player (EXE)
        $AppList = Get-InstalledApplication -Name 'VLC Media Player'
		
        ForEach ($App in $AppList)
        {
        If($App.UninstallString)
        {
        $UninstPath = $App.UninstallString -replace '"', ''
        
        If(Test-Path -Path $UninstPath)
        {
        Write-log -Message "Found $($App.DisplayName) ($($App.DisplayVersion)) and a valid uninstall string, now attempting to uninstall."

        Execute-Process -Path $UninstPath -Parameters '/S'
        Sleep -Seconds 5
        }
        }
        }

		##*===============================================
		##* POST-UNINSTALLATION
		##*===============================================
		[string]$installPhase = 'Post-Uninstallation'


	}
	ElseIf ($deploymentType -ieq 'Repair')
	{
		##*===============================================
		##* PRE-REPAIR
		##*===============================================
		[string]$installPhase = 'Pre-Repair'

		## Show Progress Message (With the Default Message)
		Show-InstallationProgress

		##*===============================================
		##* REPAIR
		##*===============================================
		[string]$installPhase = 'Repair'


		##*===============================================
		##* POST-REPAIR
		##*===============================================
		[string]$installPhase = 'Post-Repair'


    }
	##*===============================================
	##* END SCRIPT BODY
	##*===============================================

	## Call the Exit-Script function to perform final cleanup operations
	Exit-Script -ExitCode $mainExitCode
}
Catch {
	[int32]$mainExitCode = 60001
	[string]$mainErrorMessage = "$(Resolve-Error)"
	Write-Log -Message $mainErrorMessage -Severity 3 -Source $deployAppScriptFriendlyName
	Show-DialogBox -Text $mainErrorMessage -Icon 'Stop'
	Exit-Script -ExitCode $mainExitCode
}

Ok, all the hard work is done and now you can install or uninstall VLC Media Player on 32-bit or 64-bit systems using one single PowerShell script. Simply change the DeploymentType parameter to install or uninstall. The script is also configured to Disables Auto-Update Checks & Metadata Network Access (Assuming the vlcrc file is present in the SupportFiles folder). If you don’t want that to happen, you can comment out those lines of code. Logging functionality is built-in automatically and you can view the log files under “C:\Windows\Logs\Software”

VLC Media Player NonInteractive Install (PowerShell)

NonInteractive means Very Silent, i.e. no blocking apps. This is automatically set if it is detected that the process is not running in the user session and it is not possible for anyone to provide input using a mouse or keyboard.

  • Open Windows PowerShell by Right-Clicking on Windows PowerShell and selecting Run as Administrator
  • Change the directory to “C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer”
    • PS C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer>
  • Enter the following command:
Powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass .\Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1 -DeploymentType "Install" -DeployMode "NonInteractive"

VLC Media Player Silent Install (PowerShell)

Silent means no dialogs (progress and balloon tip notifications are suppressed).

  • Open Windows PowerShell by Right-Clicking on Windows PowerShell and selecting Run as Administrator
  • Change the directory to “C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer
    • PS C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer>
  • Enter the following command:
Powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass .\Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1 -DeploymentType "Install" -DeployMode "Silent"

VLC Media Player Interactive Install (PowerShell)

Interactive means the install will show dialogs including progress and balloon tip notifications.

  • Open Windows PowerShell by Right-Clicking on Windows PowerShell and selecting Run as Administrator
  • Change the directory to “C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer
    • PS C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer>
  • Enter the following command:
Powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass .\Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1 -DeploymentType "Install" -DeployMode "Interactive"

How to Uninstall VLC Media Player Using the PowerShell App Deployment Toolkit

VLC Media Player NonInteractive Uninstall (PowerShell)

NonInteractive means Very Silent, i.e. no blocking apps. This is automatically set if it is detected that the process is not running in the user session and it is not possible for anyone to provide input using a mouse or keyboard.

  • Open Windows PowerShell by Right-Clicking on Windows PowerShell and selecting Run as Administrator
  • Change the directory to “C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer
    • PS C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer>
  • Enter the following command:
Powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass .\Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1 -DeploymentType "Uninstall" -DeployMode "NonInteractive"

VLC Media Player Silent Uninstall (PowerShell)

Silent means no dialogs (progress and balloon tip notifications are suppressed).

  • Open Windows PowerShell by Right-Clicking on Windows PowerShell and selecting Run as Administrator
  • Change the directory to “C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer
    • PS C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer>
  • Enter the following command:
Powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass .\Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1 -DeploymentType "Uninstall" -DeployMode "Silent"

VLC Media Player Interactive Uninstall (PowerShell)

Interactive means the install will show dialogs including progress and balloon tip notifications.

  • Open Windows PowerShell by Right-Clicking on Windows PowerShell and selecting Run as Administrator
  • Change the directory to “C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer
    • PS C:\Downloads\VLCMediaPlayer>
  • Enter the following command:
Powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass .\Deploy-VLCMediaPlayer.ps1 -DeploymentType "Uninstall" -DeployMode "Interactive"

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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