Adobe has finally started to distribute its Reader in a package that doesn't result in a vulnerable computer for everybody until the first time the automatic patcher runs. They seem to have done this by packaging the 9.3 installer with the 9.3.2 and 9.3.3 patches. Unfortunately they have also done this unnecessarily complicated.

If you run the downloaded AdbeRdr933_en_US.exe it unpackages its files into a temp folder then calls a setup.exe (Adobe Bootstrapper for chaining installations) which calls another setup.exe (Adobe Bootstrapper for single installations) a folder deeper, which then starts the following

msiexec /i "AcroRead.msi" REBOOT="ReallySuppress" PATCH="AdbeRdrUpd932_all_incr.msp;AdbeRdrUpd933_all_incr.msp"

Now, the innermost setup.exe seems to be the standard Adobe msi wrapper which accepts the /msi switch to pass on options.
The outermost AdbeRdr933_en_US.exe is the usual Nosso compressed exe that also uses the standard Adobe switches.

But the middle setup doesn't seem to accept any of the usual Adobe switches. Does anyone know how the "Adobe Bootstrapper for chaining installations" can be gotten to pass them on? I would prefer to distribute the Nosse exe to clients as it is only 40% as big as the extracted files.
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What I got to work was by calling the following commands from a script by the way
AdbeRdr933_en_US.exe -nos_o"%temp%\Reader933" -nos_ne
cd /d %temp%\Reader933\Reader9
msiexec /i "AcroRead.msi" EULA_ACCEPT=YES REBOOT="ReallySuppress" PATCH="%temp%\Reader933\Reader9\AdbeRdrUpd932_all_incr.msp;%temp%\Reader933\Reader9\AdbeRdrUpd933_all_incr.msp" /qb


I'm just wondering if there's a more elegant way to do it
Answered 07/21/2010 by: bardol
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It's a little bit of work but you can create an AIP from the 9.3.1 install and patch that with both patches and recab.
Answered 07/21/2010 by: joedown
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