WireGuard Silent Install (How-To Guide)


WireGuard is an extremely simple yet fast and modern VPN that utilizes state-of-the-art cryptography. It aims to be faster, simpler, leaner, and more useful than IPsec, while avoiding the massive headache. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of WireGuard from the command line using the MSI installer.

How to Install WireGuard Silently

WireGuard Silent Install (MSI) on 32-bit Systems

  1. Navigate to: https://download.wireguard.com/windows-client/
  2. Select the 32-bit MSI
  3. Download the wireguard-x86-x.y.z.msi 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: MsiExec.exe /i wireguard-x86-x.y.z.msi DO_NOT_LAUNCH=1 /qn
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:WireGuard
Vendor:WireGuard LLC
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i wireguard-x86-x.y.z.msi DO_NOT_LAUNCH=1 /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x wireguard-x86-x.y.z.msi /qn
Download Link:https://download.wireguard.com/windows-client/

WireGuard Silent Install (MSI) on 64-bit Systems

  1. Navigate to: https://download.wireguard.com/windows-client/
  2. Select the 64-bit MSI
  3. Download the wireguard-amd64-x.y.z.msi 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: MsiExec.exe /i wireguard-amd64-x.y.z.msi DO_NOT_LAUNCH=1 /qn
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:WireGuard
Vendor:WireGuard LLC
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i wireguard-amd64-x.y.z.msi DO_NOT_LAUNCH=1 /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x wireguard-amd64-x.y.z.msi /qn
Download Link:https://download.wireguard.com/windows-client/

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 WireGuard 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.

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WireGuard 32-bit Silent Install (MSI) with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i wireguard-x86-x.y.z.msi DO_NOT_LAUNCH=1 /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\WireGuardx86-Install.log

WireGuard 64-bit Silent Install (MSI) with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i wireguard-amd64-x.y.z.msi DO_NOT_LAUNCH=1 /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\WireGuardx64-Install.log

How to Uninstall WireGuard 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:

WireGuard Silent Install (MSI) on 32-bit Systems

MsiExec.exe /x wireguard-x86-x.y.z.msi /qn

WireGuard Silent Install (MSI) on 64-bit Systems

MsiExec.exe /x wireguard-amd64-x.y.z.msi /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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