Uninstall Inventor 2010 - explorer.exe issue

If you've been trying to silently/quietly uninstall Inventor 2010 and finding it hangs, it's very often due to a prompt it wants to make that it needs to stop the explorer.exe process. If you precede the uninstall statement with a PSKILL or TASKKILL statement to terminate the explorer.exe process it will continue on without interruption (unless you have antivirus real-time protection running, which may give it problems).

Set objShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
result = objShell.Run("c:\pskill.exe explorer.exe", 1, True)
wscript.echo "result: ", result
result = objShell.Run("msiexec /x {long-as-hell-guid} /qn /l*v c:\inv2010_uninstall.log", 1, True)
wscript.echo "result: ", result

' clean up folders and registry keys left behind

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Posted by: anonymous_9363 13 years ago
Red Belt
Why on God's green earth would an application require the killing of Explorer? Nasty...
Posted by: MSIPackager 13 years ago
3rd Degree Black Belt
Gods green earth - lol

Does seem a pretty bizarre thing to have to do.. is this a vendor install or repackaged?

I personally wouldn't be comfortable deploying this setup but each to their own I guess.
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