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Automating CutePDF Writer Installation with PowerShell

Learn how to automate the download and installation of CutePDF Writer using PowerShell, streamlining your workflow and saving time.

For system administrators or users who frequently set up new workstations, manually downloading and installing software can be time-consuming. PowerShell, a powerful scripting tool on Windows, can automate this process, saving time and reducing the chance of errors.


Installation Script

Here’s the complete PowerShell script that will handle the download and installation of CutePDF Writer:

# Define the URL of the CutePDF Writer installer
$cutepdfUrl = "https://cutepdf.com/download/CuteWriter.exe"

# Define the local path where the installer will be saved
$localPath = "C:\temp\CuteWriter.exe"

# Create the temp directory if it doesn't exist
$directory = Split-Path -Path $localPath -Parent
if (-not (Test-Path -Path $directory)) {
    New-Item -ItemType Directory -Path $directory

# Download the installer
Invoke-WebRequest -Uri $cutepdfUrl -OutFile $localPath

# Define the silent install command for the installer
$cutepdfArgs = '/verysilent /norestart'

# Execute the CutePDF Writer installer silently
Start-Process -FilePath $localPath -Args $cutepdfArgs -Wait -NoNewWindow

Explanation of the Script

  1. Define the Download URL: The script starts by specifying the web location of the CutePDF Writer installer.
  2. Set the Local Path: It then determines where on the local system the installer will be saved, C:\temp\CuteWriter.exe in this case.
  3. Directory Creation: If the directory specified to hold the installer doesn’t exist, the script creates it.
  4. Download: Using Invoke-WebRequest, PowerShell reaches out to the specified URL and downloads the file, placing it in the predetermined local path.
  5. Silent Installation: Finally, the script executes the installer with parameters that ensure the process runs silently, with no user interaction and no forced restarts.

Upon completion, CutePDF Writer will be installed on your system, ready for use without any further interaction.


Automating the installation of software like CutePDF Writer can greatly streamline the setup process of new machines or the update process on existing ones. With the power of PowerShell, you can save time, reduce repetitive manual work, and minimize the risk of human error. This method exemplifies the efficiency and control that scripting can provide to IT professionals and power users alike.

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