Friday, January 21, 2005

Unattended uninstallation using vbscript

"How can I uninstall applications automatically without having to use Windows Add/Remove Programs?"

Here is a tips for how to do. This works for uninstalling most applications. In this example I will show how AutoCAD 2005 can be uninstalled using a VBScript. Open Regedit and look in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall search for the application and find a the product code that is in GUID format looking like this: {5783F2D7-0301-0409-0002-0060B0CE6BBA} It might be something else for you. The code below will uninstall AutoCAD 2005 as well as Express Tools. Copy the code below into Notepad and give the file the extension vbs.

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Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
' Uninstall Express Tools
WshShell.Run "msiexec /x {5783F2D7-0311-0409-0000-0060B0CE6BBA} /q",1,true
' Uninstall AutoCAD 2005
WshShell.Run "msiexec /x {5783F2D7-0301-0409-0002-0060B0CE6BBA} /q",1,true


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