I have a software that I need to uninstall an earlier version and then install the new version.

  I see where the uninstall command is in the software detail, but I have no idea how to run it.  And I would like to be able to manually uninstall the old version and the deploy the new.  It is not everyone in our domain, but about 30 users.  I don't mind doing them one at a time but I am having trouble getting this set up.  I have the command ready to install the new software, and not sure if it would just be easier to do it as a  machine action?  But I first need to be able to uninstall the old version before installing the new.  And at this point, I just want to test on my own machine.


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Posted by: rileyz 5 years ago
Red Belt

Hey Danielle.

Sounds like you're trying to overcome two issues.
  • Uninstall, then installing
  • Mass deployment

In regards to uninstall can you let us know what the software is, and if you can, the uninstall string in the registry, this will help us to help you.

In regards to upgrading your estate, you have a few options.
  • If your full enterprise, you should have a electronic software deployment system (ESD) like SCCM, KACE etc in place, use that if you can. This will keep your estate managed and consistent. 
  • Don't have a ESD and you don't want to use one? Looking into psexec, you can use this to trigger installations remotely.
  • Group Policy deployment, this is for MSI only (I think), might not be any good for you. If you do not currently use this method, I don't recommend using it. 
  • Check out PDQ Deploy, its a free ESD. Bit of learning involved, but very cool for free. Test test test, before you deploy so you don't break stuff.

  • All the above is mass deployment, lastly you can visit each machine and trigger a script to uninstall, then install the new software.

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