I did a search for cute pdf, but only found ways to silently installing it. I need to do the opposite, I need to uninstall it silently. A department decided to install the Cute PDF Writer a while back, but now we are finding out that it is causing stability issues with a more critical tool that the department uses. Our users are not the brightest crayons in the box and telling them to run the uninstaller then clicking "yes" to uninstall and finally "ok" when the process is done would be tough to explain. We use a Novell network and also have Zenworks, I would most likely use one of the two (login script, or zenapp) to apply to the affected users.

Is there a way to uninstall it silently? I have tried to contact Cute PDF's support department but they will not respond when I ask about permanently uninstalling their product. I can't imagine that the uninstaller does anything that I can't do via the command prompt (thus scriptable). Any advise?

Here is what I'm thinking:
Stop the spooler
unregister dll's?
stop services (are there any that need to be stopped/removed?)
stop processes (are there any that need to be stopped/removed?)
delete files
start spooler

My concern is that I have been told that some users were confused on what to print to, to make a pdf so the printer name was changed to something like "PDF" or "Print to me to make a PDF". Is there a way to remove a printer object based on the port/driver it used?

Thanks for reading!
~Fletch
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How about executing?
"%ProgramFiles%\Acro Software\CutePDF Writer\uninscpw.exe" -s
Answered 04/21/2011 by: AngelD
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  • the above command worked for me to uninstall silently, Thanks AngelID
  • That command doesn't seem to work. Still getting prompted "Do you wish to continue". Anyway to disabled dialog completely?
  • That uninstall string (from the registry uninstall key) didn't work for me, either. Luckily, I only had one machine with the software to be removed from.
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