Minimum system requirements

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ArcGIS Explorer is supported on the following operating systems:


ArcGIS Explorer requires the following software components:

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 information can be found at



Administrative privileges are required to install the Microsoft .NET Framework. 


If you do not have an installation of Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 7.0, you must obtain and install it prior to installing ArcGIS Explorer.

Additional Software and Development Requirements

ArcGIS Explorer can be installed with other ESRI products on your machine. The ArcGIS product versions supported with ArcGIS Explorer are 9.3, 9.3.1, and 10.


Before Installing ArcGIS Explorer


It is strongly recommended that you exit all Windows programs before running the ArcGIS Explorer setup program.

For a successful installation of ArcGIS Explorer, existing ArcGIS Products installed on your machine must be closed and ArcGIS Services must be stopped.

After ArcGIS Explorer is installed, remember to restart any ArcGIS Services that you stopped prior to installing.

Installing ArcGIS Explorer


Before installing ArcGIS Explorer, verify that your system meets the system requirements.  If you are downloading ArcGIS Explorer, the installation will start once the download is complete.  For all other scenarios, double click Setup.exe to install ArcGIS Explorer.


Installing ArcGIS Explorer silently


ArcGIS Explorer can be installed without a user interface (UI) by running the setup using Windows Installer command line parameters. If you have downloaded ArcGIS Explorer and are planning to install ArcGIS Explorer silently, see the steps below for extracting ArcGIS Explorer installation files from the Web download.


ArcGIS Explorer command line parameters

The following are the command line parameters to be used when executing the ArcGIS Explorer MSI directly.




Case Sensitive







ArcGIS Explorer installation location.  If not specified, the default installation location is C:\Program Files\Explorer.


How to perform an installation of ArcGIS Explorer silently

Run this command to perform a silent per machine installation.  This example will install ArcGIS Explorer to C:\ESRI.


Msiexec /I <setup location>\Setup.msi INSTALLDIR=C:\ESRI /qb 


Deploying ArcGIS Explorer


If you are planning to deploy ArcGIS Explorer from the ArcGIS Explorer Web download with deployment tools such as Microsoft Active Directory Group Policy or Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS), you must extract the installation files. If you received ArcGIS Explorer media, the installation files can be used as they are on the media to create packages for deployment.


Steps to extract ArcGIS Explorer installation files

Extracting the ArcGIS Explorer installation files from the ArcGIS Explorer Web download is necessary if you intend to install ArcGIS Explorer silently or if you are planning to deploy ArcGIS Explorer with Group Policy or SMS. ArcGIS Explorer installation files are downloaded to the downloading user's TEMP folder.  Access the TEMP folder by opening Windows Explorer and entering %TEMP% for the address, using the same user account that downloaded ArcGIS Explorer.  Browse to the %TEMP%\ArcGISExplorer\1500 folder and copy all files to a different location of your choice.  These are the files used to create deployment packages and perform silent installations.  A list of the files in the ArcGIS Explorer Web download is provided below.


Files in the ArcGIS Explorer Web download:

ArcGIS Explorer Install Guide.htm







Note for silent installations:

Extracting the installation files is only necessary if you downloaded ArcGIS Explorer. If you received installation media, command line parameters can be executed directly from the setup files located on the media.


Creating a log of the ArcGIS Explorer installation

Run this command to create a log of the installation.


Msiexec /I <setup location>\setup.msi /L*V C:\ArcGIS_Explorer_Install.log


Uninstalling ArcGIS Explorer silently 

To uninstall ArcGIS Explorer silently, run the following command.


Msiexec /X {7B18E7E2-AFCA-4CBE-8CD5-3613315AB262} /qb