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I want to make a silent installation of Google Chrome Beta. I've tried ChromeSetup.exe downloader with /s or /-ms but nothing had worked.

Then I've downloaded the standalone installation version, and tried the same, but got the same result – the silent installation doesn't work.

Basically what I need is to avoid the post installation dialog ("Choose a search engine"). Is there a way to silently choose Google?

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Have a look at this techygeekshome.co.uk/2014/06/… which may help. –  vembutech Apr 28 at 19:09

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Installing with the MSI file with the q flag will give you a silent install.

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This wont' work on an older Windows XP machine without the SP to support msi installs. (And yes, I run into people with older machines all the time). –  Clay Nichols Sep 7 '14 at 14:42
I'd understood Windows Installer 2 (which supports the q flag) to be included in RTM of XP, though I could be wrong. On the other hand - Chrome itself only supports XP SP 2 and later which seems to make it a little academic. –  David Cornish Sep 8 '14 at 14:08
  1. Download the Chrome installer.

  2. Use the switches /silent and /install like so:

    chrome_installer.exe /silent /install
  3. Enjoy!

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Works for me. Great! –  Clay Nichols Sep 7 '14 at 14:59
Downloading the MSI in an unattended install process is a frigging pain, since it has a GUID attached to it's path to the MSI. This one is at least clean, and without a random generated GUID which timesout after a while and the download becomes unavailable. Thanks! –  Hannibal Jul 15 at 12:08

For a setup file which has .msi extension:

msiexec /q /i GoogleChromeStandoloneEnterprise.msi

For detailed information, see this blog post.

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It is possible to silent install Chrome using Chocolatey.

Install Chocolatey

@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%systemdrive%\chocolatey\bin

Install Chrome

cinst GoogleChrome

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If only PowerShell 2.0 had a native one-line curl... For simplicity, I created my own, which takes a url and downloads the content. If you need basic auth, I've provided parameters for that too.

To get up and running:

  1. Load a PowerShell console
  2. Create a ps1, psm1 or simply copy and paste and execute this code block in PowerShell.
  3. The code will call Get-Url and silently execute chrome_installer.exe

NOTE: if you have any issues:

  • ensure you are running PowerShell in Administrator mode
  • C:\temp is an existing directory that you can access (or just change your $filePath)
# our curl command, with basic authentication if $credentials provided
function Get-Url {
        [string]$url, # e.g. "http://dl.google.com/chrome/install/375.126/chrome_installer.exe"
        [string]$filepath, # e.g. "c:\temp\chrome_installer.exe"
        [string]$credentials # e.g. "username:pass"

    $client = New-Object System.Net.WebClient;

    if ($credentials) {
        $credentialsB64 = [System.Text.Encoding]::UTF8.GetBytes($credentials) ;
        $credentialsB64 = [System.Convert]::ToBase64String($credentialsB64) ;    
        $client.Headers.Add("Authorization", "Basic " + $credentialsB64) ;

    $client.DownloadFile($url, $filepath);

# curl and run silent install
Get-Url http://dl.google.com/chrome/install/375.126/chrome_installer.exe c:\temp\chrome_installer.exe ;
c:\temp\chrome_installer.exe /silent /install ;
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Trying to install Google Chrome v42 via MSI was failing for me using the silent install commands in this post. When I ran the MSI manually, i found that it pops up a UAC prompt, and that the silent install was failing due to the UAC prompt being blocked.

This is a really good article explaining the relationship between MSI and UAC: http://csi-windows.com/blog/all/27-csi-news-general/335-how-to-silence-the-uac-prompt-for-per-machine-msi-packages-for-non-admins

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