Intel Compilers for Windows Silent Installation Guides

Introduction: This article describes how to perform a "silent" (non-interactive) install of the following products:

  • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2017
  • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2016
  • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2015
  • Intel C++ Composer XE 2013
  • Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013
  • Intel C++ Composer XE 2011
  • Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2011
  • Intel C++ Compiler Professional Edition 11.1
  • Intel Visual Fortran Compiler Professional Edition 11.1

  It does not apply to earlier versions of these products. An administrator may wish to use a silent install to make the product available in an automated fashion on users systems.

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Step 1
The examples in this article will use Intel Visual Fortran Composer XE 2013, but the steps are the same for all the products listed above.

Download the "full" installer package, not the "online installer". Run this and you will first see a prompt similar to this:


Change the folder path if desired. Uncheck the "Remove temporarily extracted files" box (not present in version 11.1). Click the Extract button to do the extraction.  When the setup reaches the Welcome screen, click Cancel to exit the installation.

Step 2

Either copy the installation file tree to the target system or reference it from a network share.  On the target system, from an account with Administrator privilege, run the setup.exe in the unpacked folder with the required arguments.   Note that if the path to setup.exe includes blanks, you must enclose the file path in quotes, for example:

"E:\Unpacked Files\Intel\w_fcompxe_novsshell_2013.0.089\setup.exe"

The form of the silent install command is:

setup.exe install argument [argument]...

Where each argument is described in sections below. The command invoking setup.exe will return immediately.

Required arguments:


This specifies the path to the file where output from the install will be directed.  If the path is not complete, it will use the path to setup.exe as a default.

--eula=accept | reject

This specifies whether you accept or reject the End User License Agreement.  If reject is specified, the installation will exit.

Optional arguments:


Specifies a path for the installation folder. If not specified, the default is used. Please read the compiler Release Notes for details.


Specifies the path to the license file to be used on this system.  The file should have a file type of .LIC, or you may specify a folder path and the installer will examine all .LIC files in that folder for an appropriate license.  If you do not specify either --license or --sn, the installer will look on the system to see if an appropriate license already exists.


Specifies the serial number for the license to be used on this system.  Use either --sn or --license, not both.  The serial number is in the form xxxx-xxxxxxx.  If --sn is used, a network connection to the Internet must be available during installation.

--update=no | always

Specifies the behavior if the product is already installed.  "no" will end the installation if the current version (any update) is installed.  "always" will remove the latest version before installing the new one.  The default is "no".

Example command

"E:\Unpacked Files\Intel\w_fcompxe_novsshell_2013.0.089\setup.exe" install --output=C:\Logs\log.txt --sn=ABCD-1234567


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