Google Chrome is the most widely used web browser, known for its speed, simplicity, and security. For IT administrators or users who prefer a quick and unattended installation of Chrome, the silent installation method is the perfect solution. This article will guide you through the steps to silently install the latest version of Google Chrome on Windows 11.

Prerequisites

Before proceeding with the silent installation, ensure that you have administrative privileges on the Windows 11 machine where you intend to install Google Chrome.

Steps for Silent Installation

  1. The first step is to download the official Google Chrome MSI (Microsoft Installer) package. This installer is specifically designed for enterprise environments and allows for silent installations. You can download the MSI installer from the Google Chrome Enterprise website.
  2. Open Command Prompt as Administrator.
  3. Access the Command Prompt with administrative rights by searching for cmd in the Start menu, right-clicking on it, and selecting ‘Run as administrator’.
  4. Navigate to the Installer’s Directory Use the cd command to navigate to the directory where you downloaded the Google Chrome MSI file.
  5. Execute the Silent Installation Command
  6. To install Google Chrome silently, execute the following command:
    MsiExec.exe /i path\to\googlechromestandaloneenterprise.msi /qn
    

    Replace path\to with the actual path to the MSI file you downloaded.

  7. Verify the InstallationAfter running the command, Google Chrome should be installed silently without any user interaction. You can verify the installation by searching for Google Chrome in the Start menu.

Disabling Auto-Update

To prevent Google Chrome from automatically updating, which is essential in controlled environments, follow these steps:

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator (as described above).
  2. Enter the following commands one by one to disable auto-updates:
    REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update" /v UpdateDefault /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update" /v DisableAutoUpdateChecksCheckboxValue /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update" /v AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Update" /v UpdateDefault /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Update" /v AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\Update" /v DisableAutoUpdateChecksCheckboxValue /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Conclusion

Silent installation of Google Chrome on Windows 11 is a straightforward process that can save time and effort, especially when deploying the browser across multiple machines. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can ensure a seamless and efficient installation of Google Chrome in your environment.

Paul Cobben