MS Visio 2007

Installing MS Visio 2007 silently can be a bit of pain if you only have an .EXE installer.

The whole procedure involves a couple of steps:


You have to install Windows Installer 3.1 before installing MS Visio 2007. It is not provided by default with with Windows XP SP2; it is provided with Windows XP SP3 or as a separate install.

Creating a .MSP file

First, you need to create a .MSP file to be used by SETUP.EXE. To do it, run:

SETUP.EXE /admin

Make sure you set up the following things:

  • enter license key,
  • accept license key,
  • disable "completion notice",
  • enable "suppress modals".

Depending on your language version, these things will be called differently.

Creating a config.xml file

Creating a .MSP file is not enough to perform a silent installation. You need to create a config.xml file with settings as well - without it, user will be prompted to choose the type of installation.

The config file can look like below - it disables the prompt and disables the automatic reboot.

<Configuration Product="VisPro">

 <Display Level="none" CompletionNotice="no" SuppressModal="yes" AcceptEula="yes" />
 <Setting Id="SETUP_REBOOT" Value="Never" />


For more config.xml options, see (that's for Office, but is also valid for Visio).

XML file for WPKG

Finally, XML file for WPKG:

	name="Microsoft Office Visio 2007" 

	<check type="uninstall" condition="exists" path="Microsoft Office Visio Standard 2007" />

	<install cmd='"%SOFTWARE%\visio2007\SETUP.EXE" /adminfile "%SOFTWARE%\visio2007\visio.MSP" /config "%SOFTWARE%\visio2007\config.xml"' />