I'd like to install LibreOffice (version as a part of another installation but I'm having following issue:

  • When a version 4.x or earlier is already installed, the installer installs LibreOffice, as expected.
  • When nothing is installed, the installer installs LibreOffice, as expected.
  • When a version 5.x is already installed, the installer does nothing.

Which parameter can I add to the commandline in order to force the update from 5.x to Currently I'm using following commandline:

msiexec /i "<filename.msi>" /q

I've already tried the parameter REINSTALL=ALL but this was not working (no update from 5.x to

In case some modifications needs to be done to the MSI file: I have Orca on my PC, so I can modify the MSI file where needed.

Any ideas?

  • @Daniel: Orca is an MSI editor, which I could use to alter the MSI file, in case there are no parameters which can do what I want. – Dominique May 16 '17 at 14:02
  • I removed the tag because it does not help classify the question. The tag is present on three other questions and none of these refer to the MSI editor. They refer to the Orca Screen Reader instead. – Daniel B May 16 '17 at 14:10
  • Oops, sorry, I had no idea that other program existed :-) – Dominique May 16 '17 at 14:22

Meanwhile I've found the answer to my question, using Windows-installer SDK:

msiexec /i "<filename.msi>" /q REINSTALL=ALL REINSTALLMODE=A

(the REINSTALLMODE=A forces all files to be re-installed, whether or not they are same/different/older/younger/...)

  • Your command will install the program only in C drive. With my command option you can control the destination folder. And it is helpful if your C drive is somehow damaged. – Biswapriyo May 16 '17 at 14:38

msiexec /a pathtoMSIfile /qb TARGETDIR=pathtotargetfolder

  • The “/qb” argument tells the installer to display a simple UI while unpacking, if you wish to make the process completely silent use “/qn” instead.


  • Let, say I have a LibreOffice MSI file in F drive and I want to install it in E drive. I just type the command as administrator

msiexec /a "F:\LibreOffice_5.3.3_Win_x64.msi" /qb TARGETDIR=E:\Libreoffice

Here are the two images showing the progress of installation Libreoffice Initial Libreoffice time

  • This process overwrites all the previous installation files in that target directory. Remember to copy all the dlls from Libreoffice\System64 to Libreoffice\program. I make a shortcut with E:\Libreoffice\program\soffice.exe --nologo ( in my case) from which I can open any compatible office files by just drag & drop. You may install the program other than system drive.

  • There are also some apps to install MSI, try these:: LessMSI, Universal Extractor, MSI Unpacker Utility

  • That sounds like a not-so-great idea. It won’t update component registrations (if any) and most certainly not the version recorded in the MSI database. – Daniel B May 16 '17 at 13:34
  • @DanielB I use it everyday with this process and nothing wrong ever happened. One may manually open a file with a right click and select "open with". And there is no registration required. – Biswapriyo May 16 '17 at 13:55
  • @Biswa: thanks for the elaborated reply, but I was expecting something which looked like msiexec /i <filename>.msi <WHAT_TO_DO>=<OVERWRITE_EXISTING> (pardon the capital letters), I've been looking in Windows-installer's SDK but I didn't find it. And in case this does not exist, could I achieve this by editing <filename>.msi using an MSI editor (like Orca)? – Dominique May 16 '17 at 13:55
  • This process does not require any SDK executable. Msiexec is an Windows in-build software. And with that command option you can install it anywhere. – Biswapriyo May 16 '17 at 13:59

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