Workrave Silent Install (How-To Guide)

Workrave is a free program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). It monitors your keyboard and mouse usage and using this information, it frequently alerts you to take microbreaks, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily computer usage. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Workrave from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Workrave Silently

Workrave Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Download the workrave-win32-vx.y.z.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: workrave-win32-vx.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Workrave
Vendor:Rob Caelers & Raymond Penners
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:workrave-win32-vx.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\Workrave\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Workrave\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:
PowerShell Script:
Detection Script:

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 Workrave Installation Log File

The Workrave 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.

Workrave Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

workrave-win32-vx.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\Workrave-Install.log"

Change the Workrave Default Installation Directory

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

workrave-win32-vx.y.z.exe /DIR="C:\Workrave" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Exclude the Workrave Desktop Shortcut During Install

The Workrave installer creates a desktop shortcut by default. If you do not want the desktop shortcut, then you can run the following command line switches to exclude it.

Workrave Silent Install (EXE) with No Desktop Shortcut

workrave-win32-vx.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!desktopicon

Do NOT Start Workrave When Windows Starts

workrave-win32-vx.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!startupmenu

How to Uninstall Workrave Silently

Check out the following posts for a scripted solution:

Workrave Install and Uninstall (PowerShell)
Workrave Silent Uninstall (PowerShell)
  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter one of the following commands:

Workrave Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit System

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

Workrave Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Workrave\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.

Jason Bergner

I am an accomplished Software Engineer at Patch My PC, leveraging more than 18 years of hands-on experience in Configuration Manager administration and application packaging. I am driven by a genuine passion for solving complex problems and consistently strive to discover innovative and effective solutions. Sharing my extensive knowledge of application deployments is a true joy for me, and I am honored to contribute to the community here at Silent Install HQ.

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