We have about 1800 workstations that have a manual install of Adobe 5.0 and 4.0. We just got SMS 2003 and I am still VERY new to it (waiting on a class). So I want to uninstall these Apps so I can push Reader 7.0.8 that I just got finished. Since Reader 6.x and 7.x use a newer version of the installer it wont uninstall 4.x and 5.x. Can someone point me in a direction to read more about removing unwanted software using SMS 2003? I have searched but can find anything useful.

-Dwayne
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Your best bet is push the 'msiexec /x {YOUR GUID HERE}' command to the machines, followed by the installation command.

So you could created a query based collection to look for acrobat 5, for example, push the uninstall command to those machines and create a dependancy so that it then pushes 7.
Answered 07/17/2006 by: Bladerun
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The first key with SMS is to get it to work outside of SMS. Sounds weird but don't bother with SMS until you get a method that works via command line (preferrably silently). As for uninstalling 4.x and 5.x, I don't think either are MSI based so doing msiexec /x probably won't work for either but you can check by going to hkey_local_machine\software\microsoft\Windows\current version\uninstall on machines with those versions and seeing if there is a key for it.

Check here for more uninstall options:
http://www.appdeploy.com/packages/detail.asp?id=21
Answered 07/19/2006 by: Rhys
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Ok so I checked out reader 5.0 and there is no GUID string. There is an uninstallstring in the reg but it shows

C:\WINNT\ISUNINST.EXE -f"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\NT\Uninst.isu" -c"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\NT\Uninst.dll"

Thanks for the input all....

-Dwayne
Answered 07/19/2006 by: prowling1
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