Installing/Uninstalling Applications with Script

Hey all,

I am trying to do two things here..

1.) uninstall (silently) AIM 7 .. This is the script I was using but it prompts for user to click "ok" on removal acceptance??

"C:\Program Files\AIM\uninst.exe" /S /PopUpMsgBox="N" /CheckMutx="N"

2.)  Trying to install AIM 8 with a script .. This is the script I was using but it prompts user to check three boxes and then continue.. I'm trying to make this as smooth as possible with no user intervention.  I would like to make this install very silent, and just as an FYI, I've tried all the parameters (i.e. /S /Q /qn)

start /min C:\download\AIM\AIM_Install.exe /S

So basically I am trying to uninstall older version of AIM 7 and install newer version 8.  Any help would be much appreciated.

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Posted by: anonymous_9363 4 years ago
Red Belt
We'll assume that you're referring to AOL's AIM, as opposed to the 5 other pieces of software that I personally know of called 'AIM'...

Have you seen this article? Even so, AOL's installer/uninstaller has been known to randomly ignore command line parameters and, at clients where they've been foolish enough to let this dog of an application loose on their estate, I have built my own uninstallation routine. Remember: apps are just a collection of files and registry junk, which any competent scripter can remove. For a brute force approach:

- kill the process
- delete folder
- delete registry junk


  • Yes I am referring to AOL's AiM, and I'm using Altiris from Symantec to do the deployment and uninstallation. I will take a look at that link, but I really hoped there was an easier approach to this. I've deployed lots of things before but this is kind of a pain! - Deepan84 4 years ago
  • NOT liking AOL AIM at the moment! Do you mind providing some help on this silent unattended install? - Deepan84 4 years ago
Posted by: anonymous_9363 4 years ago
Red Belt
I'm sorry but I have nothing to add, as I don't know why your command line isn't working. As I mentioned, for previous versions I've encountered, I just created a removal package/script.
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