Hi, Axel from the IE Escalation team again with a quick note on how to use a Microsoft Fix IT to remove IE 8 silently.

First, I would like to thank the “Fix IT” team for quickly answering my questions about the tools functionality!

When I first learned of the Microsoft Fix ITs being available, I wondered if they could be run silently.  The ability to use the tool silently can be a great advantage and appeals to a large IT community allowing these fixes to run without requiring user intervention - in other words, no prompts.  Luckily for us, Fix ITs are .MSI packages and so we can take advantage of the command line arguments available to accomplish our task!

I tested my theory using the IE Fix IT package that uninstalls IE8, and it works just fine!

You can download the IE 8 Uninstall Fix IT tool from KB957700!


  1. Open a cmd and change directory to %windir%\system32
  2. Then type “msiexec /i uninstallie8.msi /quiet

Note:  Please remember to remove the quotes from the command line above.  When executing from Vista, you should open the cmd window using elevated privileges! 


MSIEXEC Switches

  NOTE:  You can get the list by typing msiexec /? from command window!

Windows ® Installer. V 4.00.6001.0

msiexec /Option <Required Parameter> [Optional Parameter]

Install Options

                </package | /i> <Product.msi>

                                Installs or configures a product

                /a <Product.msi>

                                Administrative install - Installs a product on the network

                /j<u|m> <Product.msi> [/t <Transform List>] [/g <Language ID>]

                                Advertises a product - m to all users, u to current user

                </uninstall | /x> <Product.msi | ProductCode>

                                Uninstalls the product

Display Options


                                Quiet mode, no user interaction


                                Unattended mode - progress bar only


                                Sets user interface level

                                n - No UI

                                b - Basic UI

                                r - Reduced UI

                                f - Full UI (default)


                                Help information

Restart Options


                                Do not restart after the installation is complete


                                Prompts the user for restart if necessary


                                Always restart the computer after installation

Logging Options

                /l[i|w|e|a|r|u|c|m|o|p|v|x|+|!|*] <LogFile>

                                i - Status messages

                                w - Nonfatal warnings

                                e - All error messages

                                a - Start up of actions

                                r - Action-specific records

                                u - User requests

                                c - Initial UI parameters

                                m - Out-of-memory or fatal exit information

                                o - Out-of-disk-space messages

                                p - Terminal properties

                                v - Verbose output

                                x - Extra debugging information

                                + - Append to existing log file

                                ! - Flush each line to the log

                                * - Log all information, except for v and x options

                /log <LogFile>

                                Equivalent of /l* <LogFile>

Update Options

                /update <Update1.msp>[;Update2.msp]

                                Applies update(s)

                /uninstall <PatchCodeGuid>[;Update2.msp] /package <Product.msi | ProductCode>

                                Remove update(s) for a product

Repair Options

                /f[p|e|c|m|s|o|d|a|u|v] <Product.msi | ProductCode>

                                Repairs a product

                                p - only if file is missing

                                o - if file is missing or an older version is installed (default)

                                e - if file is missing or an equal or older version is installed

                                d - if file is missing or a different version is installed

                                c - if file is missing or checksum does not match the calculated value

                                a - forces all files to be reinstalled

                                u - all required user-specific registry entries (default)

                                m - all required computer-specific registry entries (default)

                                s - all existing shortcuts (default)

                                v - runs from source and recaches local package

Setting Public Properties


Consult the Windows ® Installer SDK for additional documentation on the

command line syntax.


More MSIEXEC Documentation:

Standard Installer Command-Line Options

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