Install SyncBack without any prompting or messages on the screen (silent install)

This article provides information about installing SyncBack without any prompts or messages on the screen. For more details see the Installing section of the SyncBack help file.

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If you prefer to use the Windows Package Manager, SyncBack can be installed using winget. Note that for SyncBackPro and SyncBackSE only the 64-bit version that installs for All Users is available. For SyncBackFree it is only 32-bit and installs for All Users. To install SyncBackPro, for example, simply enter winget install syncbackpro

If you prefer to use the traditional installation method, then to install SyncBack without any prompts or messages on the screen use the /verysilent command line parameter with the installation executable, e.g.

SyncBackSE_Setup.exe /verysilent

It is important that it is the first command line parameter.

WARNING: When using a silent installation, no prompting can be done. Therefore, if the installer cannot replace a file because it is being used, then it will replace it on reboot. If it needs to reboot to replace the file then it will immediately reboot, without prompting, once the installation is complete.

To prevent the setup from restarting the system, you can add /NORESTART command line parameter. You can also add /CLOSEAPPLICATIONS or /FORCECLOSEAPPLICATIONS parameters to instruct the installer to close applications that are using files that need to be updated by the setup or force close when closing the applications.

You should also bear in mind that if you disable prompting, it is assumed you tacitly agree to those prompts that would normally be displayed (for example, our terms & conditions) and/or that you are aware of the issues that would normally be mentioned. If in doubt, you should manually install a test instance first and satisfy yourself there are no contentious issues.

You can also specify which language the program should use when run (/language), the serial number to use (/SN), any offline Upgrade Assurance serial number (/UAO) (introduced in V11.2.10.0), the number of days between automatic update checks (/UpdCheckDays - set to 0 to disable update checks, default is 15), and the run counter (/Counter - set to 5 to not be prompted about visiting introduction web page etc). You can also switch off the prompting about the backup folder when upgrading from V10 to V11 (/NoBackupPrompt). For example, to use French, pass a serial number, switch off update checks, not be prompted about a backup folder for old profiles, and not be prompted about visiting the introduction page when the program is run:

SyncBackSE_Setup.exe /verysilent /language="FR" /SN="XXXXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX" /UpdCheckDays="0" /NoBackupPrompt="Y" /Counter="5"

The /UpdCheckDays parameter is only used for new installations. So if SyncBack is already installed then this value is ignored and it will continue to use the existing setting.

/SettingsFolder="folder"This can be used to specify the folder to use to get settings and profiles settings from, e.g. /SettingsFolder="C:\My Folder\"

A full list of command line parameters can be retrieved when you enter the executable command (from the directory where the SyncBack installer is stored):

SyncBackPro_Setup.exe /HELP

Note: Replace the "Pro" section with your product name accordingly if it is different (for example, SyncBackSE_Setup.... etc).

SBM Service and SyncBackPro

For the SyncBackPro installation there are a number of optional installation command line parameters related to the SBM Service (if used):

/SBMS_Hostname="hostname": This is the hostname, IP address, or URL of the SyncBack Management Service (SBM Service). If you are using a HTTP connection type then this is the complete URL include the port number. For example: /SBMS_Hostname="". If you are using a TCP or Named Pipe connection type then this is the hostname or IP address. For example: /SBMS_Hostname="".

/SBMS_Port="port number": This is the port number of the SBM Service. It is only used when the connection type is TCP, and the default port number is 8095. For example: /SBMS_Port="8095"

/SBMS_Username="username": This is the login username for the SBM Service. Typically each user has their own login username for the SBM Service.

/SBMS_Password="password": This is the login password  for the SBM Service.