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I have a few MSI installers that I'm trying to batch to run silently, and the silent switch aren't working in both Windows 7 RC and RTM 64-bit.

I'm trying 7-Zip 64-bit.

This shows nothing, but does nothing either.

@ECHO OFF
msiexec /i 7z465-x64.msi /qn

This shows the installer progress, but is fully unattended.

@ECHO OFF
msiexec /i 7z465-x64.msi /qr

This happens with almost all of the MSIs I've tried it on. Am I alone here?

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Only thing I can suggest without knowing more is to recommend that you use the /log switch.

The syntax for msiexec:

Windows ® Installer. V 5.0.7100.0 

msiexec /Option <Required Parameter> [Optional Parameter]

Install Options
</package | /i> <Product.msi>
Installs or configures a product
/a <Product.msi>
Administrative install - Installs a product on the network
/j<u|m> <Product.msi> [/t <Transform List>] [/g <Language ID>]
Advertises a product - m to all users, u to current user
</uninstall | /x> <Product.msi | ProductCode>
Uninstalls the product
Display Options
/quiet
Quiet mode, no user interaction
/passive
Unattended mode - progress bar only
/q[n|b|r|f]
Sets user interface level
n - No UI
b - Basic UI
r - Reduced UI
f - Full UI (default)
/help
Help information
Restart Options
/norestart
Do not restart after the installation is complete
/promptrestart
Prompts the user for restart if necessary
/forcerestart
Always restart the computer after installation
Logging Options
/l[i|w|e|a|r|u|c|m|o|p|v|x|+|!|*] <LogFile>
i - Status messages
w - Nonfatal warnings
e - All error messages
a - Start up of actions
r - Action-specific records
u - User requests
c - Initial UI parameters
m - Out-of-memory or fatal exit information
o - Out-of-disk-space messages
p - Terminal properties
v - Verbose output
x - Extra debugging information
+ - Append to existing log file
! - Flush each line to the log
* - Log all information, except for v and x options
/log <LogFile>
Equivalent of /l* <LogFile>
Update Options
/update <Update1.msp>[;Update2.msp]
Applies update(s)
/uninstall <PatchCodeGuid>[;Update2.msp] /package <Product.msi | ProductCode>
Remove update(s) for a product
Repair Options
/f[p|e|c|m|s|o|d|a|u|v] <Product.msi | ProductCode>
Repairs a product
p - only if file is missing
o - if file is missing or an older version is installed (default)
e - if file is missing or an equal or older version is installed
d - if file is missing or a different version is installed
c - if file is missing or checksum does not match the calculated value
a - forces all files to be reinstalled
u - all required user-specific registry entries (default)
m - all required computer-specific registry entries (default)
s - all existing shortcuts (default)
v - runs from source and recaches local package
Setting Public Properties
[PROPERTY=PropertyValue]

Consult the Windows ® Installer SDK for additional documentation on the
command line syntax.

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Next suggestion would be to launch task manager, click on the Processes tab, click on the Image Name column to sort the processes in alphabetical order. Look for msiexec if it exists and then launch your batch file and monitor for the start and finish of the msiexec process.

FYI, likely you know this but if not the /qn switch will not the UI at all.

And last suggestion would be to install the msi using the /qn switch on a computer where the application has not been installed before just in case the install is truly having issues.

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