By Hester / Last Updated December 2, 2022

Can I install software remotely?

 

Hi guys, please tell me how to install software on other distant computers. When I try to execute the command, there is a problem. I was unsure if the distant PCs required an installer or not. Can somebody provide me with a straightforward example of how to install software remotely? Thanks a lot.”

- Question from a user

Install Software Remotely

How to remotely install software on another computer

It may be necessary to remotely install software on another computer for several different reasons. Many people have a work computer and a home computer but do not install software on both. In this section, we will go over how to remotely install software on another computer.

Way 1. Remotely install software with AnyViewer [easy & safe]

The first tool you can use is the remote desktop software AnyViewer. It allows you to remotely install software over the network with easy steps, and you can remotely run programs on another computer without extra installation.

Some people also use other various remote features of AnyViewerto transfer files or offer remote support to those who may not be capable of executing certain tasks on their machines.

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Step 1. On the remote device, click Log in, and click Sign up.

Log in AnyViewer

Tip: AnyViewer also supports iOS and Android, which means you can run Windows apps on Android/iOS devices.

Step 2. Fill in the information and click Sign up.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 3. On the local device, log in to the same account and there you can see the assigned devices. You can upgrade to a Professional or Enterprise plan to assign more devices at once, which is more convenient for you to manage these devices with one click.

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Step 4. Go to Device interface, select the remote computer and click One-click control.

Connect to My Devices

Then you can control the computer and install any software on it.

Remote Access Operations

Way 2. Install software remotely using PSExec

PSExec tool is available when you want to install software remotely in your network. It allows you to execute programs and commands on other devices, complete with full interactivity for console applications, without manually installing software.

Step 1. Download the latest PSExec tool from the Microsoft website, then extract the executable into a folder. (e.g. C:\SysinternalsSuite\)

Step 2. Download the MSI package of the software you want to install. For example, if your want to remotely install Google Chrome, you need to download the MSI package from the Chrome download page.

Note: Not all programs support silent mode when running the Setup.exe installer, and therefore you need to download the MSI package instead.

Step 3. Make sure the Windows Firewall on the remote computer enables “File and Printer sharing (SMB-In)” traffic on port TCP 445.

Check File and Printer Sharing

You can check if port TCP 445 is open using the PowerShell command “test-netconnection”.

Test Netconnection Command

Step 4. Search “cmd” in the start menu and click Run as administrator.

Run as Administrator CMD

Step 5. Copy the MSI package file location and type in the following command to send it to the remote computer. (here we take Google Chrome as an example)

  • Copy c:\users\username\downloads\GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise64.msi\\ENDUSER-PC\C$

Where “ENDUSER-PC” is the name of the remote computer, you can also use the IP address instead.

Copy MSI Package Command

Step 6. Enter “C:\SysInternals” to change the current directory.

Sysinernals Command

Step 7. Run the following command to start installing the software on the remote computer.

  • PsExec.exe \\ENDUSER-PC\ -i -s msiexec.exe /i "c:\GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise64.msi" /qn /norestart

Remote Install Command

Then PSExec will launch the GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise64.msi installer on the remote computer, which will install Google Chrome in quiet mode (/qn) without user interaction.

Conclusion

This post introduces how to install software remotely. You can perform this task using remote desktop software AnyViewer or PSExectool. AnyViewer requires no computer experience, which is more convenient for users to remotely install software over the Internet. It is also handy for users who may need routine access to a particular device. Try AnyViewer and you won’t regret it!