What is the trick to uninstalling wit MSI strings

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What is the trick to uninstalling wit MSI strings

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Hey,

So I noticed a lot of programs these days have uninstallation strings and not uninstall.exe files.
How do you go about uninstalling these programs using TTS ?

IE: ITunes uninstall location is MsiExec.exe /I{9E9CFD9F-64D6-498F-8584-E5CD08BA60BE}

However, This uninstall location changes on every PC, so you simply can't use this location for TTS uninstallation settings.

Is there a trick to this I am missing :(?

Thanks as always!!!
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Re: What is the trick to uninstalling wit MSI strings

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I assume this would be ittt ???

%SystemRoot%\Installer\1105b6.msi

If this is the same for you please let me know. :)
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Re: What is the trick to uninstalling wit MSI strings

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In this case you can use the install package for both install and uninstall.

Examples of install commands:

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%ToolsDir%\ProductPackage.msi /passive /norestart
msiexec.exe /i "%ToolsDir%\ProductPackage.msi" /passive /norestart
Examples of uninstall commands:

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msiexec.exe /uninstall "%ToolsDir%\ProductPackage.msi" /passive /norestart
msiexec.exe /x "%ToolsDir%\ProductPackage.msi" /passive /norestart
If the product code changes at every install, this is the best option IMHO. But you need to download the package even if you just want to uninstall.

For more Windows installer command line switches run the following command:

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msiexec.exe /?
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Re: What is the trick to uninstalling wit MSI strings

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This is my uninstallation string from HTC Sync Manager

Installation:http://dl4.htc.com/download/htc-sync-ma ... .0_htc.exe

UVK Uninstall string: MsiExec.exe /X{231D0C79-98A6-4693-A366-36DE7D7346EC}
UVK Uninstall file: C:\Windows\Installer\1105ce.msi

I tried to follow your above commands


Uninstall string: msiexec.exe /uninstall "%SystemRoot%\Installer\1105ce.msi" /passive /norestart msiexec.exe /x "%SystemRoot%\Installer\1105ce.msi" /passive /norestart

Hmm keep coming up with the windows installer log displaying the command lines.
Have I done this wrong?

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Re: What is the trick to uninstalling wit MSI strings

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Hum, those commands should run fine. Can you please post the commands in a code tag? I can't ensure they don't have a leading or trailing white spaces.

Also if you canpost a screenshot with the error message, it may help to figure out what's wrong.
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msiexec.exe /uninstall  "%SystemRoot%\Installer\1105ce.msi" /passive /norestart msiexec.exe /x "%SystemRoot%\Installer\1105ce.msi" /passive /norestart
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Re: What is the trick to uninstalling wit MSI strings

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WRC, no wonder it doesn't work. You entered both commands in the same command. You need to use either

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msiexec.exe /uninstall  "%SystemRoot%\Installer\1105ce.msi" /passive /norestart
OR

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msiexec.exe /x "%SystemRoot%\Installer\1105ce.msi" /passive /norestart
Not both. Copy one of the commands above and paste it in the TTS uninstall command field, ensuring the command does not have any leading or trailing white space.
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Re: What is the trick to uninstalling wit MSI strings

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Fred wrote:WRC, no wonder it doesn't work. You entered both commands in the same command. You need to use either

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msiexec.exe /uninstall  "%SystemRoot%\Installer\1105ce.msi" /passive /norestart
OR

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msiexec.exe /x "%SystemRoot%\Installer\1105ce.msi" /passive /norestart
Not both. Copy one of the commands above and paste it in the TTS uninstall command field, ensuring the command does not have any leading or trailing white space.

ahhhhhhhhh!!!!.... hehe...
Well Thank you! hope this helps other people :)

Thanks fred!
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Re: What is the trick to uninstalling wit MSI strings

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Ahh, Upon testing this is a pointless procedure for software such as iTunes, Samsung Smart Switch and other mobile device backup systems.
The MSI software package when installed changes names each time it is installed, so continuous updating would be required, which is what I believe you touched on previously. :(
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Re: What is the trick to uninstalling wit MSI strings

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That's why I mentioned using the install packages for both install and uninstall. If the downloaded package is an MSI package, it is straight forward. If the MSI package is compressed in an exe, usually the exe passes the command line switches to msiexec.

So this should work:

Download URL:

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http://dl4.htc.com/download/htc-sync-manager/setup_3.1.46.0_htc.exe
Download file:

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%ToolsDir%\HTCSetup.exe
Install command:

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%ToolsDir%\HTCSetup.exe /passive /norestart
Uninstall command

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%ToolsDir%\HTCSetup.exe /x /passive /norestart
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