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Using StartSWInstall.exe to Deploy an Administrative Image

You can install or uninstall an administrative image on clients by running the command admin_image_install_dir\StartSWInstall.exe. This method installs SolidWorks using the options, machines and groups defined in the Administrative Image Option Editor.

You can append the following switches to the StartSWInstall.exe command:
/install Installs the administrative image on client machines.
/uninstall Uninstalls the software from client machines, with two optional switches:


Available for uninstall only. Removes SolidWorks data files and folders during uninstall.


Available for uninstall only. Removes SolidWorks registry entries during uninstall.

/showui Displays a progress window for the SolidWorks Installation Manager. Otherwise the SolidWorks Installation Manager is hidden from the user.
/now Starts the install or uninstall immediately. The 5 minute warning dialog box does not appear.

StartSWInstall.exe is preferred to using StartSWInstall.hta in cases where you want the installation to proceed without any user interaction, but do not want to use automatic deployment from the Administrative Image Option Editor.

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