I tried to extract the MSI from the EXE with the following command:

"C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\AdbeRdr1000_en_US.exe" -nos_o"AdobeXIinstall" -nos_ne

Apparently AdobeXinstall is a malformed folder name or something, but it ran the command and asked me where I wanted to put the files, so I told it My Documents, expecting them to go to My Documents\AdobeXinstall. No, they went into My documents and Deleted every other folder and file in the My Documents folder. I'd hate to think what would have happened had I told it "C:", or worse yet, a network share! I think "./AdobeXinstall" may have worked. It did in 9.4 anyway.

So yeah....don't do that.
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You can download the MSI file from the Adobe FTP
Location: /pub/adobe/reader/win/10.x/10.0.0/en_US/
Answered 11/24/2010 by: MARIN
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I tried to extract the MSI from the EXE with the following command:

"C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\AdbeRdr1000_en_US.exe" -nos_o"AdobeXIinstall" -nos_ne


The command line was incorrect. This is the correct format

AdbeRdr1000_en_US.exe -nos_o"C:\install\readerx" -nos_ne
Answered 11/26/2010 by: cprovolt
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For purposes of those of us who will be wrestling with this now and in the next months.
Technically speaking, cprovolt is correct, Bourbonator's syntax is NOW incorrect, However, if you try it on an old Adobe Reader install (AdbeRdr910_en_US.exe), it does work.

I had a heck of a time with this, because I also used to extract the files without the full path statement.

Also, it appears you don't need to wrap the extract path in quotation marks. I don't know if this is a change, because frankly, I don't need to spend the night on this. [&:]
I did try, and I can confirm, however, that if you type certain other 'malformed' path info, you get a pop-up window asking where to extract the files,
If I select an empty folder, it will extract the files.
If I select a folder that had stuff in it, the contents of the folder were DELETED, and replaced with the extracted files.

What else I tested:
AdbeRdr1001_en_US.exe -nos_o"c:\a\WorkingFolder" -nos_ne
If folder does not exist, it creates it, this works
If folder exists, this works (Though if the folder has contents, it will be replaced!!)

AdbeRdr1001_en_US.exe -nos_o"./WorkingFolder" -nos_ne
If folder does not exist, this does not work
If folder exists, this does not work, and it deleted the WorkingFolder folder!

AdbeRdr1001_en_US.exe -nos_o"WorkingFolder" -nos_ne
AdbeRdr1001_en_US.exe -nos_oWorkingFolder -nos_ne
If folder does not exist, this does not work
If folder exists, this does not work, and both deleted the WorkingFolder folder!
Answered 02/17/2011 by: MooreJD
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Marin,
Don't confuse the MSI file that you download from
ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/10.x/10.0.0/en_US/
with the MSI file that is extracted if you download the EXE from the same path.

The exe contains an MSI named Acroread.msi, and has existed since probably version 7 or so of the reader and is not the same file.
Though ultimately there may not be much of a practical difference.

What I have observed is I can save direct edits made to the Acroread.MSI file after customizing it with the Adobe Customization Wizard X.
While I can open the AdbeRdr1000_en_US.msi with the Customization Wizard X, I can't seem to make saves to it, However, I have been able to create a transform for it using the Wizard.

Both ways seem to work. I will have to test install both, and then decide which is best for me....
Answered 02/17/2011 by: MooreJD
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I just did this yesterday but I opened the .exe up with 7-zip and extracted the .msi that way. Is there a reason I should use the cmd prompt way instead of using 7-zip?
Answered 04/19/2011 by: BW~Merlin
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