How to remotely uninstall software?

There’s a lot of times when you just want to uninstall a piece of software without interrupting the end user, but unfortunately there isn’t an easy, out of the box way to do it. To uninstall software on a local machine without any user interaction, you would do something like this: msiexec.exe /norestart /qn /x {2902F983-B4C1-44BA-B85D-5C6D52E2C441} The last part, after /x is the GUID of installed software. To find out the guid on remote software, download this script from here and run this command: cscript /B SwInventory.vbs RemotePC > RemotePC.txt Open RemotePC.txt and look for GUID. Next you need PsExec from SysInternals. This tool will allow you to run commands on the remote computer. Once you find out the GUID of the software that you need to uninstall, you can make a batch file with msiexec.exe command on it. Like: msiexec.exe /norestart /qn /x {2902F983-B4C1-44BA-B85D-5C6D52E2C441} and name it uninstall.bat If you need to uninstall more than one software, just create new lines with new GUIDs, example: msiexec.exe /norestart /qn /x {2902F983-B4C1-44BA-B85D-5C6D52E2C441} msiexec.exe /norestart /qn /x {18455581-E099-4BA8-BC6B-F34B2F06600C} Next you run PsExec tool and copy and run the batch file to the remote with command: psexec remotepc -c uninstall.bat You will need to run cmd as an administrator in order to be able to execute remote commands. If the software uninstalled successfully, you will get error code 0, if not, it will say something like “this action is only valid for products that are currently installed.” This will be useful when you need to uninstall same software from multiple computers. An antivirus product is a good example if you are upgrading to another one.


  • great mind dude!

  • Hey, nice HowTo!

    But i have one question! If i have no GUID, how can i uninstall the software?

  • Im having an issue on this step:
    msiexec.exe /norestart /qn /x {2902F983-B4C1-44BA-B85D-5C6D52E2C441} and name it uninstall.batWhats the command to name it? i try > uninstall.bat at the end of the command and i get a file with  “This action is only valid for products that are currently installed.”Thanks,

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