Wanted to get some feedback on this strategy.
Got sick to death of adobe changing the MSI parameters in the msi install and the last msi installer seemed to update the registry keys, log files and uninstallers to the right version but kind of forgot to update the ocx and dll that was required to be updated, looked at process viewer and installax.exe would never launch.

So I ended up extracting the contents and ran what appears to be to only command ever run by the msi (minus the -msi option)

InstallAX.exe -install activex
InstallPlugin.exe -install plugin

The result is a configured and completely silent plugin but without an uninstall entry in the registry.
I also use a rather brutal del /q C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash\*.* to make sure the folder is cleansed and then copy an mms.cfg at the end.
I know its not officially supported but it does get around their rather awful implementation.
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Hi, that's interesting. I've never explored that deeply into the Flash installation, but I do find automating Adobe installations can be a frustrating experience at times.

Did you notice a problem with the recent Flash for Windows 10.3.181.23?

Until now, I have been using various methods to update flash, by SCCM and by login script using this command: msiexec.exe /i install_flash_player_10_active_x.msi /q REBOOT=ReallySuppress
This would remove the older version, and install the new one. But with this version (23), I find it is corrupting the previous installation, and not completing the new installation. A manual installation of the file give the error message, "The file 'installax.exe' is not marked for installation". Updating from the web does work. Any ideas on how to get past this? I've looked at the web, but so far they involve intricate uninstalls and deletion of older files and reg keys. Due to the regularity of Flash updates, I'd prefer to have a less customized, more adaptable installation method.
Thanks.
Answered 06/09/2011 by: donaghs
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I'd be interested to hear from anyone who is successfully deploying the latest version of Flash by an automated method, to XP/vista/W7 machines with an older version. thanks
Answered 06/09/2011 by: donaghs
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The MSI calls this to uninstall flash:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil10l_ActiveX.exe -uninstall activex -msi
That will successfully remove everything except that file.
I forgot to put it into my first post but it is the 1st thing I run
Should work for all versions from 10.0 up.
For 9 and below there is another executable from adobe uninstall_flash_player.exe (http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html)


%windir%\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil10s_ActiveX.exe -uninstall activex
del /F /Q %windir%\system32\Macromed\Flash\*.*
InstallAX.exe -install activex
copy /Y mms.cfg %windir%\System32\Macromed\Flash\
Answered 06/09/2011 by: michaeltrs2004
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