WinMerge Silent Install (How-To Guide)


WinMerge is a free software tool for data comparison and merging of text-like files. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of WinMerge from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install WinMerge Silently

WinMerge 32-bit Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://winmerge.org/downloads/
  2. Download the WinMerge-x.y.z-Setup.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: WinMerge-x.y.z-Setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  6. Press Enter

After a minute or so you should see the WinMerge shortcuts in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:WinMerge (32-bit)
Vendor:Thingamahoochie Software
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:WinMerge-x.y.z-Setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\WinMerge\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\WinMerge\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:https://winmerge.org/downloads/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/winmerge-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

WinMerge 64-bit Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://winmerge.org/downloads/
  2. Download the WinMerge-x.y.z-x64-Setup.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: WinMerge-x.y.z-x64-Setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  6. Press Enter

After a minute or so you should see the WinMerge shortcuts in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:WinMerge (64-bit)
Vendor:Thingamahoochie Software
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:WinMerge-x.y.z-x64-Setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\WinMerge\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:https://winmerge.org/downloads/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/winmerge-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

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

Create an Installation Log File

The WinMerge installer offers the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following commands to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

WinMerge 32-bit Silent Install with Logging

WinMerge-x.y.z-Setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\WinMerge32-Install.log"

WinMerge 64-bit Silent Install with Logging

WinMerge-x.y.z-x64-Setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\WinMerge64-Install.log"

Include Desktop Shortcut During Install

The WinMerge installer does NOT include a desktop shortcut by default. If you want the desktop shortcut included during installation, then you can run the following command line switch.

WinMerge 32-bit Silent Install with Desktop Shortcut

WinMerge-x.y.z-Setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=desktopicon

WinMerge 64-bit Silent Install with Desktop Shortcut

WinMerge-x.y.z-x64-Setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=desktopicon

Change Default Installation Directory

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

WinMerge (32-bit)

WinMerge-x.y.z-Setup.exe /DIR="C:\WinMerge" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

WinMerge (64-bit)

WinMerge-x.y.z-x64-Setup.exe /DIR="C:\WinMerge" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

How to Uninstall WinMerge Silently

Check out the WinMerge 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 one of the following commands:

WinMerge (32-bit) Silent Uninstall on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\WinMerge\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

WinMerge (32-bit) Silent Uninstall on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\WinMerge\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

WinMerge (64-bit) Silent Uninstall on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\WinMerge\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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