Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) Silent Install (How-To Guide)


The Windows SDK for Windows 10 provides the latest headers, libraries, metadata, and tools for building Windows applications. Use this SDK to build Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and Win32 applications for Windows 10 and previous Windows releases. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of the Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install the Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) Silently

Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads/sdk-archive/
  2. Select the Install SDK link for the version of your choice
  3. Download & Copy the winsdksetup.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 to extract the installation files:
    • winsdksetup.exe /layout C:\Downloads\Win10SDK /quiet
  7. Navigate to the C:\Downloads\Win10SDK folder
  8. Enter the following command:
    • winsdksetup.exe /features + /quiet /norestart
  9. Press Enter
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After a few moments you will find Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK)
Vendor:Microsoft Corporation
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:winsdksetup.exe /features + /quiet /norestart
Silent Uninstall Switch:winsdksetup.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart
Repair Command:winsdksetup.exe /repair /quiet /norestart
Download Link:https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads/sdk-archive/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/windows-10-software-development-kit-sdk-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

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 a Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) Installation Log File

The Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) 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.

Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

winsdksetup.exe /features + /quiet /norestart /log "%WINDIR%\Temp\Win10SDK-Install.log"

Change the Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) Default Installation Directory

You can also change the default installation directory by using the following command line parameters. In this example, I’m installing the Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) to “C:\Win10SDK”

winsdksetup.exe /installpath "C:\Win10SDK" /features + /quiet /norestart

Disable the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)

winsdksetup.exe /features + /quiet /norestart /ceip off

Install Individual Features of the Windows 10 Software Development Kit

OptionId.WindowsPerformanceToolkit
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.WindowsPerformanceToolkit /quiet /norestart
OptionId.WindowsDesktopDebuggers
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.WindowsDesktopDebuggers /quiet /norestart
OptionId.AvrfExternal
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.AvrfExternal /quiet /norestart
OptionId.NetFxSoftwareDevelopmentKit
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.NetFxSoftwareDevelopmentKit /quiet /norestart
OptionId.WindowsSoftwareLogoToolkit
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.WindowsSoftwareLogoToolkit /quiet /norestart
OptionId.IpOverUsb
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.IpOverUsb /quiet /norestart
OptionId.MSIInstallTools
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.MSIInstallTools /quiet /norestart
OptionId.SigningTools
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.SigningTools /quiet /norestart
OptionId.UWPManaged
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.UWPManaged /quiet /norestart
OptionId.UWPCPP
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.UWPCPP /quiet /norestart
OptionId.UWPLocalized
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.UWPLocalized /quiet /norestart
OptionId.DesktopCPPx86
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.DesktopCPPx86 /quiet /norestart
OptionId.DesktopCPPx64
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.DesktopCPPx64 /quiet /norestart
OptionId.DesktopCPParm
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.DesktopCPParm /quiet /norestart
OptionId.DesktopCPParm64
winsdksetup.exe /features OptionId.DesktopCPParm64 /quiet /norestart

How to Uninstall the Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) Silently

Check out the Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) Install and Uninstall (PowerShell) post for a scripted solution.

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following commands:

Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK) Silent Uninstall (EXE)

winsdksetup.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart

Windows SDK AddOn Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x {34462024-520E-4586-BF36-A19D1A0CFEDE} /qn

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 SDK Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x {F6751E84-6578-491F-91AA-37E4B4A638AC} /qn

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 Targeting Pack Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x {02CA5142-4DA7-4295-B9D7-A57CC49EDBEF} /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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