How to Force an Uninstall of MSI

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How to Force an Uninstall of MSI
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An MSI file is a package used to install software on your computer. The MSI packages are executed by the Windows installation wizard. If you are unable to uninstall the MSI package using the wizard, you can forcefully remove the package using the Microsoft "Msiexec" utility. This is a command line utility used to remove packages on the computer using the DOS prompt. This is beneficial for network administrators who want to quickly remove packages on several computers.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click the Windows "Start" Orb in the task bar. Type "cmd" into the text box and press "Enter." This opens the command line.

  2. 2

    Type "msiexec /help" and press "Enter." This displays all your command line options. It's also helpful if you forget the full syntax for the command in the future.

  3. 3

    Type "msiexec /uninstall package.msi" into the command line where "package.msi" is the path and name for your MSI file. Press "Enter." You can also add the "/quiet" switch to the command to run it without any pop-up windows. This forcefully removes the package from the computer.

  4. 4

    Reboot your computer. Many MSI packages add system files and libraries to the computer, so you must reboot before the uninstall process completes and the changes take effect.

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