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How to deploy Minecraft Education

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Brock Bingham|September 21, 2023
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Learning is fun — said no fifth grader ever. Know what's actually fun? Video games! So why not combine video games with learning? In this article, I'll show you how to deploy Minecraft Education to your managed Windows devices so you can take something your students love and turn it into a learning tool.

Minecraft: Education Edition is a learning tool built around the popular video game, Minecraft. While Minecraft Education includes many of the same features and gameplay characteristics as the base game, it also adds functionality to assist with lesson development — and it has business-level licensing options.

Why use Minecraft Education as a learning tool?

Minecraft isn't just a video game; it's a phenomenon. With over 141 million active players and the distinction of being the best-selling video game of all time, even the most judicious technophobes have likely heard of Minecraft. But what makes it a good resource for the education sector?

Utilizing video games as a learning tool is nothing new. I grew up with many '90s classic video games designed to instruct and inspire naïve youth. Mavis Beacon played a crucial role in developing my mediocre typing skills. Number Munchers helped me realize I shouldn't pursue a math degree. And The Oregon Trail taught me not to get dysentery. But all these "games" were limited in scope and application.

Minecraft Education takes things to the next level by giving teachers the tools necessary to teach their various curricula and tailor each lesson to meet the needs of their students. Plus, chances are high that most students these days have been thoroughly exposed to Minecraft and are well aware of its mechanics and fundamentals.

Minecraft Education commandline options

One crucial step to any deployment is identifying the command-line options or parameters necessary for a silent deployment. Thankfully, Microsoft is on top of things and gives us all the information we need so we don't have to go looking for it.


Display command line options

/extract: <directory>

Extract all files to the specified directory


List the languages supported by setup


Launch EXE setup without a UI


Launch EXE setup with basic UI

/exelang <langid>

Launch EXE setup using the specified language


Username used by proxy


Password used by proxy

/exelog <path to log file>

Create a log file at the specified path


Does not check for a newer version


Options for msiexec.exe running the MSI package. For example /qn runs the MSI install as quiet with no user interface.

The following guides require PDQ Deploy & Inventory or PDQ Connect. If you're not already using the best time-saving system management tools on the market, what are you waiting for? Download a free trial so you can spend less time managing Windows devices and more time slaying zombies and herding ocelots in Minecraft.

How to deploy Minecraft Education with PDQ Deploy

PDQ Deploy is ideal for deploying Minecraft Education edition because distributing it to classrooms and computer labs is the most common deployment scenario. This could result in dozens or even hundreds of installations. PDQ Deploy can easily handle this workload and save you precious hours of manual clicking. (After all, finger sprains are no laughing matter.)

Here's how to deploy Minecraft Education with PDQ Deploy.

  1. Download the Minecraft Education desktop installer.

  2. Add the installation file to your PDQ repository.

  3. In PDQ Deploy, click New Package.

  4. In the Details tab, enter a package name.

  5. Click New Step > Install.

    Adding a new install step in PDQ Deploy.

  6. Click the ellipsis button next to the Install File field.

  7. Navigate to the Minecraft Education installation file, select it, then click Open.

  8. Add the parameters you want to the Parameters field. Many of the parameters are optional, but make sure you add the /qn or /exenoui silent parameters. I'll use /exenoui and the /exenoupdates command line options for this example.

    Add the necessary parameters to your package.

  9. Review your package settings, then click Save. Close the package window.

At this point, we're ready to deploy Minecraft Education. However, to make the deployment process easier, I'll quickly create a collection in PDQ Inventory to ensure we're targeting the proper devices.

  1. In PDQ Inventory, highlight the computers you want added to your Minecraft Education deployment.

  2. Right-click on the highlighted targets, then click New Static Collection.

    Creating a new static collection with your selected targets.

  3. Enter a name for the collection, review the collection members, then click OK.

    Review your collection members and save the collection.

Now that we have our collection created, we're ready to deploy Minecraft Education.

  1. In PDQ Deploy, click on the Minecraft Education package, then click Deploy Once.

  2. Click Choose Targets > PDQ Inventory > Collection.

    Choose a PDQ Inventory collection to target.

  3. Select the collection you created in the previous section, then click OK.

    Select the correct collection as the Deploy target.

  4. Click Deploy Now to start the deployment.

Minecraft Education is a decent-sized installation, so the deployment could take a few minutes to complete. Monitor the status and ensure each installation finishes successfully.

Monitor the deployment status.

How to deploy Minecraft Education with PDQ Connect

If you need to deploy Minecraft Education to remote Windows devices — for example, student laptops — you'll want to use an agent-based solution like PDQ Connect. Here's how simple it is to deploy Minecraft Education with PDQ Connect.

  1. Download the Minecraft Education desktop installer.

  2. In PDQ Connect, click Packages.

  3. Click Create package.

  4. Add a name to the package, then click Add install step.

    Add an install step to your PDQ Connect package.

  5. Click Attach installer file.

  6. Navigate to the Minecraft Education installer, select it, then click Open. The installation file is large, so uploading it may take a few minutes.

  7. Once the installer has finished uploading, add your command-line options in the Parameters field, then click Save.

    Add your parameters to the package, then save it.

With the Minecraft Education package saved, you're ready to deploy it.

  1. Click Packages.

  2. Select the Minecraft Education package you just created, then click Deploy.

    Select the Minecraft Education package, then click Deploy.

  3. Enter your targets into the Search devices and groups field, select them, then click Deploy when ready.

You can monitor the status of the installs using the Deployments tab. Minecraft Education should install on your targeted remote Windows endpoints within a few minutes.

With Minecraft Education, your students will brag about getting to play video games at school. And one of two things will happen: Students will either learn to love learning or learn to loath Minecraft. Either result sounds like an absolute win in my book. As for me, I never financially recovered from my kids filling my humble Minecraft home with TNT. I can still recall the twinkle in their eyes as they watched it blast into a million pieces.

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Brock Bingham

Born in the '80s and raised by his NES, Brock quickly fell in love with everything tech. With over 15 years of IT experience, Brock now enjoys the life of luxury as a renowned tech blogger and receiver of many Dundie Awards. In his free time, Brock enjoys adventuring with his wife, kids, and dogs, while dreaming of retirement.

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