I'm trying to deploy Adobe Reader DC on workstations with Acrobat Pro on them. I want Acrobat to stay the default app. I've used Adobe's customization wizard, to no avail. It will utilize parts of the MST but when it comes to ownership, it forces DC. My current script looks like this:
msiexec /i <path>\AcroRdrDC1500920069_en_US\NoDefault\AcroRead.msi TRANSFORMS="<path>\AcroRdrDC1500920069_en_US\NoDefault\NoDefault.mst" LEAVE_PDFOWNERSHIP=YES REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qb

I've been researching and testing for days, I can't figure it out. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 
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  • Have you tried running a repair of Acrobat after DC is installed? That may flip the bit back to Acrobat. Other than that, I'd try exporting the registry key which sets the default app and import it into the MST file.
  • Hi Did you ever get this working? I am having a similar issue and would like to know if you got it working and if so how you did it?
  • Nope. The users had to manually change their default after the install.
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LEAVE_PDFOWNERSHIP=”YES”  property is used to retain the PDF ownership with the existing application. Try using "" for YES in commandline.

You can also add this property inside transforms using ORCA.Add LEAVE_PDFOWNERSHIP with value Yes in property table and delete PDF_INTEGRATION Property.

Answered 11/11/2015 by: apptopack
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For 10.0 version you can use LEAVE_PDFOWNERSHIP property. If the version is 11.0 do not use it. Rather use OWNERSHIP_STATE=0

Link - http://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/AdminGuide/properties.html

Answered 11/19/2015 by: apptopack
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  • Thanks, but that didn't work either. :(
  • I've used the IW_DEFAULT_VERB, DEFAULT_VERB, OWNERSHIP_STATE, and LEAVE_PDFOWNERSHIP by themselves, all at once and every combination in between. I've tried editing the MSI with the Adobe Customization Wizard and when that didn't work, I used Orca to see if that would help. Nothing. grrrrr
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