Run Dell Command (Driver updates) - Windows

  • 15 September 2020
  • 5 replies

This worklet will run Dell Command on a users machine to update to latest drivers, it also does firmware updates if found.

This is possibly a two part worklet, depending on the version of Dell Command installed. If you have the normal executable application version you can run the Run Update script below. However if running the UWP version for Win10, you need to uninstall that and install the non UWP version using the uninstall/reinstall script below (Make sure to include all needed files like the DCU executable, MUP and Package files. Those are currently available at:

Dell Command Uninstall/Reinstall:

$dellc = Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Where-Object {$_.Name -match "Dell Command" }

Start-Process -FilePath "DCU_Setup_3_1_3.exe" -ArgumentList "/S /v/qn"

The run update command itself is:

Start-Process -FilePath "C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell\CommandUpdate\dcu-cli.exe" -ArgumentList "/applyUpdates -silent -outputLog=C:\Temp\DellCommandUpdate.log"

This creates a log file at c:\temp\DellCommandUpdate.log for review as well.

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Awesome. Using Dell Command to manage drivers is a great solution with Automox.

If you do need to pass additional arguments to the embedded msi through the command, here is a way to get double quotes around your second set of arguments:

"/S /v`"/norestart /qn`""

The back ticks will pass the double quote properly in a Worklet.

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(Reviving an old thread because @Mark-AX had linked to this guide in this thread here Automox and Drivers)

Looks like this thread contained Dell Command | Update 3.1 which required a ton of funky business to get consistently working. Since then, they have upgraded to 4.1, which is way simpler to invoke.


Grab the Dell command update .msi and attach to a worklet. You can make two separate worklets with installation + scanning / patching. Since automox will clean up our msi at the end and its a relatively small file, I just run it as a combo install + scan/patch.

Feel free to check out Dell’s reference guide here|-update-cli-commands?guid=guid-92619086-5f7c-4a05-bce2-0d560c15e8ed&lang=en-us

$checkexist = Test-Path 'C:\Program Files\Dell\CommandUpdate\dcu-cli.exe' -PathType Leaf
if ($checkexist -eq $false)
Start-Process -FilePath ".\DellCommandUpdate41.exe" -ArgumentList '/s' -Verbose -Wait

& 'C:\Program Files\Dell\CommandUpdate\dcu-cli.exe' /ApplyUpdates -autoSuspendBitLocker=enable -reboot=enable

Hi there! Automox Newbie here. Thanks for the code above, I assume this goes into the “Remediation Code” portion of the Worklet. What would we put into the “Evaluation Code”?

Something like this should work for your evaluation code. I use something a bit more complex to check version also, but this should do for most needs.

MSI Software Installation (64-Bit OS) - Evaluation Script
OS Support: Windows 7 (64-Bit) and above
Required modules: NONE
This worklet is designed to grant an Admin the ability to install an MSI with minimal knowledge of the bitness,
command line, or other MSI properties. By placing an application name between the single quotes, the worklet will
scan the registry for the matching application. If the application is not found, it will return an Exit code of '1'
and flag the device for remediation.

Modify the following variable found in the "Make changes within this block" section of the script below.

The application name provided must match exactly as it is displayed in "Programs and Features" (Add or Remove Programs)
for Win7/8.1, and "Apps and Features" for Win10. Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications are not currently
supported in this worklet.

$appName = '7-Zip 19.00 (x64)'
$appName = 'Microsoft Silverlight'
Author: eliles
Date: February 26, 2021

# Using scriptblock to relaunch in native environment for 64bit detection.
$scriptBlock = {

######## Make changes within the block ########
# Add Application name exactly as it appears in Add/Remove Programs, Programs and Features, or Apps and Features between single quotes.
$appName = 'Dell Command'

# Define registry location for uninstall keys
$uninstReg = @('HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall','HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall')

# Get all entries that match our criteria. DisplayName matches $appName (using -like to support special characters)
$installed = @(Get-ChildItem $uninstReg -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | Get-ItemProperty | Where-Object {($_.DisplayName -like "$appName*")})

# If any matches were found, $installed will return a "1" and pass it to $exitCode flagging the device for remediation.
if ($installed)
return 0
return 1

# Execution of $scriptBlock
$exitCode = & "$env:SystemRoot\sysnative\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -WindowStyle Hidden -NoProfile -NonInteractive -Command $scriptblock

# Exit with value provided by $installed
Exit $exitCode

That worked perfectly, thank you very much!!