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Here are the Steps I took to install Google Earth Pro for Windows (Silently with Activation)


  • Download Google Earth Pro from Here.
  • Installed on test PC normally and run application
  • Activate with Email address of "user@domain.com" and "GEPFREE"
  • Locate the MSI in C:\Windows\Installer (Should be latest MSI about 30meg in size), you can verify by viewing the detail tab of the file properties page.
  • Moved MSI to new folder and Renamed it to GoogleEarthPro.msi
  • Open Regedit and export HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Google Earth Pro to a file named "GEP.reg" to the same folder as the MSI. (Should Look like below)
        Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
        [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Google Earth Pro]
            "AData"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,01,00,10,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,01,10,00,00,01,00,00,\
            00,01,00,00,00,01,00,04,00,35,26,d2,f6,c8,c7,74,c2,77,83,42,87,2b,5d,8d,f4,\
            b6,01,87,6e,e4,a6,54,da,a0,c8,e7,dd,32,ef,c3,01,1f,83,01,a5,28,54,b9,09,d7,\
            4d,2e,21,36,7b,87,4c,20,5a,79,81,00,c1,c2,cf,3b
            "Passport"="GEPFREE"
            "Username"="user@domain.com"
            "FileAssociationsRegistered"=dword:00000001
            "InstallLocation"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\\Google Earth Pro\\client\\"

  • Create Batch file named "GoogleEarthPro.bat" in same folder as the MSI and Add the following commands: 
            msiexec.exe /i GoogleEarthPro.msi /qn
            regedit.exe /s GEP.reg

  • Create a compressed folder (Zip) named "GoogleEarthPro.zip" containing the MSI, REG, and BAT file.
  • You can now create your K1000 Managed Installation entry for Google Earth Pro, attaching the Zip file and calling the GoogleEarthPro.bat batch file.
  • Additionally, you can add an entry in your User Library Console for User installs. 


Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer Command Line (No MST)
Deployment Difficulty: Somewhat Easy
Platform(s): Windows
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It is interesting that I am not seeing what you are seeing.  I installed 7.1.5 (latest).  Got the MSI the same as you but when I look at the registry the settings are all under HKCU and not very little under HKLM.

This us what I see under HKLM

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Google Earth Pro]
"FileAssociationsRegistered"=dword:00000001
"InstallLocation"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Google\\Google Earth Pro\\client\\"


Did you install 7.0 by chance?

Setup Information:
Setup Type: unspecified
Deployment Method Used: unspecified
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
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  • Hey Xpdite, your registry key looks like you didn't launch and register Google Earth Pro yet. I see the same thing as you with 7.1 (7.1.5.1557) before launching Google Earth Pro for the first time. After you launch and register you will see all the Reg Key properties referenced above.
    • Hi
      I just validated again. The app has definitely been run and logged in as I am looking at the picture of the earth. All of the settings are under HKCU and HKU. Did you do an upgrade by chance? This is a clean install of 7.1.5.1557
  • Hello, I did not do an upgrade. I cannot reproduce your issue. I'd recommend trying it on a computer that has never had Google Earth on it before or if that is not possible then clean out the orphaned Google Earth reg keys after an uninstall.
    In my deployment I did see where computers that previously had a 7.x version installed continued to use the reg entries for that install (HKCU) and ignored my new key entries. I had to manually clean out the registry and then those installes started working correctly with my new reg keys.
  • I think I was able to reproduce the behavior you describe.
    If you only see the registration info in HKCU and not in HKLM then I can say I was able to reproduce that behavior by not checking "Enable for all users on this machine" in the "Welcome to Google Earth" registration window on first launch of GEP. Make sure you check that option else the values will not be added to HKLM.

    Note: you can trigger the first launch/registration behavior again of GEP by deleting the HKCU\Software\Google\Google Earth Pro key and running GEP again.
  • If a previous install _ever existed_ on the machine, it will use the HKCU keys and not ask you to register. If you merge in the reg at the HKLM it will cover all new users. Delete the HKCU one and it should use the global one found in HKLM and make a new one in HKCU.
  • I had the same problem on a clean machine. You have to run GEP as admin to get the option to "enable for all users", logical after thinking about it :)
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Google Earth Pro (GEP) is free as of January 2015. To perform a silent deployment to many computers we need to get the MSI file from the EXE package. To do so we need to install GEP at least once on a test computer. Even though GEP is now free we will also need to step through the Registration process and then capture the registry keys to include in our deployment.

This process is based on Windows 7 64-bit and Google Earth Pro 7.1.5. available in early June, 2015.

  • Download and install GEP on a computer such as a test computer. Make note of the time when you start the install. We need it to help identify the MSI file.
  • Go to C:\Windows\Installer\ and locate the MSI file with the date and time stamp matching the time you performed the install. The MSI file should be approximately 30 MB. Note: ..\Installer\ is a hidden folder. If you don't see it in C:\Windows it is because you are browsing and "Hide protected operating system files" is enabled. Type the full path into Windows Explorer or turn off "Hide protected..."
  • Copy the MSI from C:\Windows\Installer\ to a network share that you will use for deployment. Rename the MSI to something logical such as GoogleEarthProWin.msi
  • Launch GEP after installation on the test computer and complete the license registration window. Because GEP is now free you do not have to do the online registration process as was done when you had to buy a license. Instead, just enter a legitimate email address in the Username field and "GEPFREE" in the License Key field. Click "Log In" when done.
    Recommended if you want a good deployment:
    - Enable automatic login
    - Enable for all users...
  • Close GEP
  • Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Google Earth Pro
    For 32-bit Windows then: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Google\Google Earth Pro
  • Optional but recommended. Why? Because users will be users. Add the following reg keys and values to the same key path as above:
    Hide the "Deactivate" option from the GEP Help menu:
    - Right click on the Google Earth Pro folder and click on New > DWORD Value
    - Rename the entry to "DisableDeactivation"
    - Right click on the entry and choose Modify...
    - Set the "Value data" to 1.
    Hide the Username and License Key from the GEP Help>About menu info:
    - Right click on the Google Earth Pro folder and click on New > DWORD Value
    - Rename the entry to "hideUserData"
    - Right click on the entry and choose Modify...
    - Set the "Value data" to 1.
  • Launch GEP and verify that your registry keys are working. You should not be able to Deactivate GEP from the Help menu and you should not be able to see the Username nor License Key from the Help>About Google Earth window.
  • Go back to Registry Editor and the location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\
    (For 32-bit Windows then: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Google\)
  • Right click on the Google Earth Pro folder and choose Export. Save the registry file to the same network share location as the MSI for deployment. Give it a logical name so you don't wonder what the heck it is in the future.
  • Below are commands to silently install Google Earth Pro and the registry file. Use your favorite deployment method from here. I personally like PDQ Deploy. Depending on your deployment method you may or may not need to add paths to the msi file and reg file in the commands below.
Silent install: msiexec.exe /i "GoogleEarthProWin.msi" ALLUSERS=1 /qn /norestart /log install.log

Silent Registry file install: regedit.exe /s "GoogleEarthPro715.reg"

Resources:
Kudos to boats2000 for his deployment tip. It showed me how to get my hands on that damn msi!
ITninja: http://www.itninja.com/software/google/earth-pro/7-pro

Optional but recommended Reg Keys from the PDF in this forum post. 
Google Maps and Earth Help Forum: "Unattended Install of Google Earth Pro" - March 18, 2015:
https://productforums.google.com/forum/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer#!msg/maps/NhT3W2ZameI/-47sGr53vvQJ
Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer Command Line (No MST)
Deployment Difficulty: Average
Platform(s): Windows
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Google Earth & Earth Pro Uninstall Command for several versions

Use the following commands in a script or deployment product to uninstall old versions of GE & GEP. I use PDQ Deploy and dump these into a Command package and deploy it prior to deploying GEP 7.1.5 Free.

Google Earth 5.0.1     MsiExec.exe /qn /norestart /X{CC016F21-3970-11DE-B878-005056806466}
Google Earth 7.1.2     MsiExec.exe /qn /norestart /X{4D2A6330-2F8B-11E3-9C40-B8AC6F97B88E}
Google Earth 7.1.4     MsiExec.exe /qn /norestart /X{1A295C25-6E02-49FB-826B-F0D2C56FFA4E}
Google Earth 7.1.5     MsiExec.exe /qn /norestart /X{817750FA-EC6A-485D-9901-0683AE6FFDF1}
Google Earth Pro 7.1.1     MsiExec.exe /qn /norestart /X{16CC55CF-A964-11E2-88A0-B8AC6F98CCE3}
Google Earth Pro 7.1.2     MsiExec.exe /qn /norestart /X{44FC61F0-2F8A-11E3-8CAE-B8AC6F97B88E}
Google Earth Pro 7.1.4     MsiExec.exe /qn /norestart /X{5BAA8884-F661-464B-B5B2-5C6C632BFC21}
Google Earth Pro 7.1.5     MsiExec.exe /qn /norestart /X{35DAA04C-1720-4BE3-A920-A03731EC6A1D}

Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (Delivered as an EXE)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
Deployment Difficulty: Somewhat Easy
Platform(s): Windows
  • Awesome! Thanks for putting this piece together.
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