The ArcGIS Explorer Current User setup is intended for users that do not have administrative privileges. ArcGIS Explorer Current User installs ArcGIS Explorer so that only the user installing ArcGIS Explorer can run the application.  In this fashion, multiple instances of ArcGIS Explorer Current User can reside on one computer.


  • The ArcGIS Explorer Current User installation will not proceed if other ArcGIS Products are installed.  ArcGIS Explorer Current User is intended for  use on machines that do not have other ArcGIS Product(s) installed. Use the standard ArcGIS Explorer setup (requires administrative privileges) for coexistence with other ArcGIS products on the same machine.
  • Do not install any other ArcGIS products if ArcGIS Explorer Current User is already installed. Installing other ArcGIS products on top of ArcGIS Explorer Current User may adversely affect the functionality of any ArcGIS Explorer Current User installations already on the machine.
  • Windows Server operating systems: The default user permissions for Windows Server operating systems may prevent the installation of ArcGIS Explorer Current User. User permission settings must be changed before installing ArcGIS Explorer Current User. Operating systems include Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

Minimum system requirements

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ArcGIS Explorer Current User, hereafter referred to as ArcGIS Explorer, is supported on the following operating systems:


ArcGIS Explorer requires the following software components:

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

MSXML 4 Service Pack 2 (SP 2) information can be found at


Administrative privileges are required to install the Microsoft .NET Framework and MSXML 4 Service Pack 2. 


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


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:\<user's documents and settings folder>\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:\My_User_Folder.


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

If you attempt to install to a directory beyond your user account privileges, the installation may result in an error.


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. 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 Current User 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:\%TEMP%\ArcGIS_Explorer_Install.log


Uninstalling ArcGIS Explorer silently 

To uninstall ArcGIS Explorer silently, run the following command.


Msiexec /X {599B8F5F-B188-4DEE-AAEA-F2D82AF3E768} /qb