Silverlight 3.x – the download – and installation methods…

The Silverlight 3.x installation seems to be hijacking computers this week, showing up in update windows at the most inopportune times.  And, if you cancel the install, there’s no easy way to get the installation to start up again.

So…I finally found the actual download link to download Silverlight 3.x to your local computer for distributing in a more corporate, more civilized manner.

Click this link and the download will start:

http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/handlers/getsilverlight.ashx

To install silently, use:  silverlight.exe /q

NOTE: This upgrades the previously installed version without needing to uninstall it first.

You can also grab the .msi file from the silverlight.exe by running:  silverlight.exe /extract

Once extracted, you’ll find a silverlight.7z file.  This is a WinZip compatible (or other zipping app) file from which you can extract the silverlight.msp and other files.  For the .msi installation, though, you only need to retain the .msp and .msi files, i.e., you can discard the rest.

If you choose to go the .msi installation method, uninstall Silverlight 2.0 FIRST by running:

start /w msiexec.exe /X{89F4137D-6C26-4A84-BDB8-2E5A4BB71E00} /qn

Then, run the Silverlight 3.0 installation by running:

start /w msiexec /i silverlight.msi /update Silverlight.msp
ALLUSERS=2 /qn /LiV %temp%\Silverlight3.log

 

Extra Stuff:

Silverlight 3.0 .exe silent uninstall:  silverlight /qu

Silverlight 3.0 .msi silent uninstall:  start /w msiexec.exe /X{89F4137D-6C26-4A84-BDB8-2E5A4BB71E00} /qn

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