To create an installation log file using the command line


Open Command Prompt


From the command window, type msiexec /i package [/L][i][w][e][a][r][u][c][m][p][v][+][!] log_file.txt, and then press ENTER.


package is the name of the Windows Installer package

/L indicates to log information. The following flags specify which information to log:

i - Status messages


e - All error messages

a - Start up of actions

r - Action-specific records

u - User requests

c - Initial user interface parameters

m - Out-of-memory

p - Terminal properties

v - Verbose output

+ - Append to existing file

! - Flush each line to the log

* - Wildcard: log all information except for the v option.

log_file.txt - the name and path of the text log file.


To open command prompt, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt..

Windows Installer command-line switches are not case-sensitive.

To include the v option in a log file using the wildcard flag, type /L*v at the command prompt.

The Windows Installer log file options can also be used with the uninstall and repair processes.

For more information on the command-line options, see Related Topics.

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