Adobe CS4 (any CS4 application)

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You can make an silent/unattended install with this command:

"CS4-folder\Setup.exe" --record=1

It looks like an ordinary install, but it doesn't install anything. It recording what you do and make an unattended.xml-file.

To install CS4 unattended use this command:
"CS4-folder\Setup.exe" --mode=silent --deploymentFile="unattended.xml"
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Follow the silent deployment instructions here:


I have also managed to disable the Deactivate under the help menu so it is greyed out, not sure why Adobe have added this and not informed anyone of how to get rid of it. Simply add a line to the application.xml.override file so it looks like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Configuration>
<Payload>
<Data key="Registration">Suppress</Data>
<Data key="EULA">-1</Data>
<Data key="Updates">Suppress</Data>
<Data key="Deactivate">Suppress</Data>
</Payload>
</Configuration>

Follow the instructions in the link below which applies to most Adobe CS4 products, for a full list of products that this applies to see the 4th page of the deployment document.
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This package installation kept failing with error code 7. Here are a few things I did to fix the problem:

1. Disable SEP antivirus during the RECORD process. Everybody mentioned turning off antivirus during the installation, I had to do it for the recording as well.
2. The same working directoring during RECORD process had to be used during the actual install. At first I was performing the record locally (as the manual clearly suggests you to copy the contents of the CD to the local hard drive) and the install over the network. This kept failing - it didn't work until I performed both RECORD and INSTALL over the network.
3. The working directory again. If I ran

"q:\cd\adobe cs4\Setup.exe" --record=1

then the installation had to be from the exact same directory

"q:\cd\adobe cs4\setup.exe" --mode=Silent deploymentFile="q:\cd\adobe cs4\install.xml"

If I mapped the Q drive differently so that all I had to run was "q:\setup.exe" the installation failed. If I didn't use the Q drive, the installation failed. A certain amount of consistency is required.
4. I read in various places that the Captial S in Silent and File in deploymentFile is critical.
5. Last but not least, I came across issues when running the setup.exe in a batch file. As soon as I called the exe, the batch file continued to the next line and never gave the installation a chance to even start. I tried putting in a sleep or wait, but the install still wouldn't begin. "start /wait" didn't work with the setup.exe. So, I placed the setup.exe in it's own batch file and called the batch file:

start /wait q:\CS4_silent.cmd

Unfortunately our deployment tool did not hide this new cmd window opened, and all of our packages must be completely silent.

Last but not least, I used a tool called "bat to exe" and converted the cmd to a silent exe that runs in the background.

start /wait q:\WPU\CS4_silent.exe

6. I downloaded most of the CS4 updates needed from adobe.com and ran them with the switch "--mode-silent "
7. Disabled Adobe AIR updates with the following reg key:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\AIR]
"UpdateDisabled"=dword:00000001
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Download and use the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Deployment Toolkit. Pick the options you'd like installed and it will create the following files:

AdobeUberInstaller.exe
AdobeUberInstaller.xml
AdobeUberUninstaller.exe
AdobeUberUninstaller.xml

Simply run AdobeUberInstaller.exe for a silent install or run AdobeUberUninstaller.exe for a silent uninstall
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Modify the following line in both XML files to remove the hard coded path to the source files

<InstallerLocation>\</InstallerLocation>
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Error Code 7 was killing me, working okay now ONCE I SHUT DOWN Mozilla Fire Fox.

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