We have PC deployment with Acrobat Reader 7 to about 2800 user community. All the users are getting prompt to update Adobe Reader 7 intalled on their machines. Is there a way to disable this from AD? Please help, this is causing major concerns for the end users.
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http://itninja.com/link/installshield-tuner-7.0-for-adobe-acrobat
Answered 10/20/2006 by: turbokitty
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There are several ways of doing this. The registry path and values to disable the updater are:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\7.0\Updater]
"bShowInstCompDialog"=dword:00000000
"bShowNotifDialog"=dword:00000000
"iUpdateFrequency"=dword:00000000

You could put this into an administrative template file and enforce through GPO. You could also run as a batch file in a logon script.
Answered 10/20/2006 by: danr29
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I am looking into doing this via GPO. Would this have Operating System preference, especially Win 2000 and XP? we have a few Win 2000.
Answered 10/23/2006 by: wehttam
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You can create a very small MSI package and use Active Setup for these HKCU keys.

Check out my site on using Active Setup under the Resources tab, it is very simple and may take you 15 minutes to create the MSI.

Active Setup is built into Windows XP

Here are some basic steps:

I use a generic WSE file to import the HKCU registry keys needing to be installed or updated into and compile that into an EXE.

Next I create an empty WSI and import the EXE to C:\Windows\Installer. (this EXE is copied down and run once for each user that logs in and updates the HKCU keys).

Then in the Registry section in the WSI under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\%APPNAME% (name this anything you want)

Under the %APPNAME% add 2 keys.

Key one: StubPath with a value of C:\Windows\Installer\%appname%.exe (this is your EXE)

Key two: Version with a value of 1

Remember, since this application is already in Production and these keys may already exist and you are just changing the 1 to a 0 set your package to reinstall ALL files.

Now compile your WSI to an MSI

Now each time a new user logs in for the first time only, this key under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\%APPNAME% gets compared to the same key under HKCU and they will not match so your EXE runs once and updates the HKCU keys that you put in the WSE and compliled to an EXE are installed and or updated.

KJ

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Answered 10/24/2006 by: kj_95376
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ORIGINAL: kj_95376

You can create a very small MSI package and use Active Setup for these HKCU keys.

Check out my site on using Active Setup under the Resources tab, it is very simple and may take you 15 minutes to create the MSI.

KJ

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Originally posted by: AngelD
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The original instructions on Active Setup and how to implement it was made by Ed Tippelt and an updated version can be found at http://www.etlengineering.com/installer/activesetup.txt

KJ,
Don't forgett to add Written by Ed Tippelt, ert@pobox.com, copyright 2006 to "your" instructions.


Originally posted by: EdT
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KJ,
You have ripped off my Active Setup instructions as your own work, without even the courtesy of asking if you could show them on your website. Please amend them to show the correct author.

EdT

Answered 10/26/2006 by: AngelD
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I have packaged the Adobe Reader 7 with Tranform, using the support and ideas you great people have contributed variously. The question though, is that "How would I get this across to the user communnity via SMS?" I have tried to run the MSI extracted via Admin Install independently but it would not run. Which way to go? What are my options folk? Thanks in advanced.
Answered 10/26/2006 by: wehttam
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