Checking Help Section

Let’s begin by checking the help section of the Prerequisite Installer. Open up command prompt as an administrator and type the following:

PrerequisiteInstaller.exe /? help

We should then see a window open which shows you all the flags that you need to install these onto your server.

Using the download links below, save these into a location your server has access to. In this instance, we put them into a folder on the C Drive named “Preinstall”.


After running the command line we got an error:

MSVCRT14 Error: Unrecognized command line option

Which is strange as the help file clearly shows MSVCRT14 as a switch.

This was rather annoying and we couldn’t for the life of me figure it out. We then came across a blog post by Trevor Seward talking about a required switch for MSVCRT11 which you can read here

In his code supplied it shows MSVCRT141. Thought we would give that a go and while we were here update my download of the Visual Studio Package from 2015 to 2017 (Which is backed up on the welcome screen).

Then to our surprise… Success, the welcome screen.

After doing the usual next, accept okay, wait…. You’ll get the success screen. If you’re interested in the batch file command line it’s as follows:

D:\PrerequisiteInstaller.exe /SQLNCli:”C:\Preinstall\sqlncli.msi” /Sync:”C:\Preinstall\Synchronization.msi” /AppFabric:”C:\Preinstall\WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe” /IDFX11:”C:\Preinstall\MicrosoftIdentityExtensions-64.msi” /MSIPCClient:”C:\Preinstall\setup_msipc_x64.exe” /KB3092423:”C:\Preinstall\AppFabric-KB3092423-x64-ENU.exe” /WCFDataServices56:”C:\Preinstall\WcfDataServices.exe” /DotNet472:”C:\Preinstall\NDP472-KB4054530-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe” /MSVCRT11:”C:\Preinstall\vcredist_x64.exe” /MSVCRT141:”C:\Preinstall\VC_redist.x64.exe”

Just remember to change C:\Preinstall to where you saved the files.