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How do you uninstall apps? (VLC Lan)

Hey PDQ Deploy fans - just trying this PDQ Deploy out to distribute non msi packages for the first time so i can skip repackaging processes. Usually i'd use GPO's and can't fathom what people find so hard about it.. anyway... whilst i can install my chosen application all well and good - anyone experience of uninstalling apps you've distributed with it?

The package I'm trying to install out there is VLC media player. I can get the app thrown out there easy enough using the standard downloaded .exe installer and with the following parameters:

vlc-1.1.10-win32.exe /L=1033 /S /NCRC

this works great!

Following tips on i've to use a command line to uninstall but the process just hangs each time when running through PDQ Deploy. There are two suggestions I've tried, one involves different switches on the actual original installer, the other is a command to run the uninstaller directly that get's installed with the software.

They both work when run locally on the machine, though running the actualler installer with uninstall parameters as reccomended does infact still prompt a warning about removing; the commandline pointing at the installed-uninstaller works truely silently and is the prefferred method to get that going. They are as so...

original installer with alternative switches: vlc-1.1.10-win32.exe /S /X /V/qn

silent installation using installed-uninstaller: %ProgramFiles%\VideoLAN\VLC\uninstall.exe /S

..sigh so near yet so far, on my first attempt installing/uninstalling packages - i mean, this package does remove packages doesn't it??

Thanks for any help and suggestions in advance!!!!



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  • You can create a batch file with the uninstall command and deploy the batch file, that should take care of it for you.  Make sure to use %ProgramFiles(x86)% to get the 64-bit computers out there.  Just create a one line batch file and deploy it to the computers.

    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\VideoLAN\VLC\uninstall.exe" /S

  • Thanks Adam, whilst i'd tried some permutations with a cmd file, of all of them don't think i tried that one! Will give it a shot and report back!

    (I've been so spoilt using no extra config MSIs and GPOs up until now)

  • Sweet!!! That worked a treat! Thanks again!!!

  • You're welcome, glad to help.