Could someone tell me why I should use administrative install vs. normal install when installing eg. Adobe Flash Player?

I noticed that this is what Adobe recommends in their administrative guide but I have always just used normal install with no problems.


Does administrative install give you any real benefits or is it just a relic from old days?


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This is one of those areas which is confused in Windows Installer.

There are 2 scenarios, in essence: an install using an account with local administrative privileges and an install to an Administrative Installation Point (AIP). The former is - I hope - obvious. The latter is the creation of a point on a network share, from which all installs are conducted.

When creating an AIP, you use the '/a' argument to MSIExec.EXE. You are prompted for a location for the AIP. The MSI then extracts uncompressed copies of the files within the package, along with a revised MSI. You would then use *this* MSI for your deployments.

*In general*, most people use AIPs where packages are to be patched: one creates the AIP, applies patches to the AIP and then deploy the patched package.

Answered 02/06/2014 by: VBScab
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Hi VBScab

So in effect the only reason to creating an administrative image is if I want to apply patches to this image before installing?

Answered 02/06/2014 by: RoejbaekDK
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  • Sorry for the delay...busy.

    Pretty much. It's also a handy tool to check out the content of a package: folder structure, etc.
    • No worries :)

      Thx.. I thought as much, but nice to get confirmation from one of the gurus ;)
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