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Deployment Tips (2)

Most Common Setup Type
Windows Installer (MSI)
Average Package Difficulty Rating
Rated 1 / 5 (Very Easy) based on 2 ratings
Most Commonly Reported Deployment Method
Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
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You can use the .msi installers with standard switches to install both versions of Flash Player (ActiveX and Plugin).

If you want to prevent Flash from doing automatic updates, create a transform file from the .msi using InstEdIt or Orca, and change the following items:

CustomAction - change the action named "NewCustomAction1" target from "-install -msi" to "-install -msi -au 2"

Property - Set AgreeToLicense to Yes, ISCHECKFORPRODUCTUPDATES to 0, and RebootYesNo to No.

Save your .mst file (e.g. flash.mst) and include it with your base .msi installer. Your command line for a silent install of the ActiveX version is:

msiexec.exe /qn /i install_flash_player_13_active_x.msi TRANSFORMS=flash.mst

This method avoids having to use a seperate mms.cfg file to turn off the auto updates.

Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
Deployment Difficulty: Very Easy
Platform(s): Windows
  • Didn't work. I got the following error in Event Reader:
    Product: Adobe Flash Player 13 ActiveX -- Error 1722.There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel or package vendor. Action NewCustomAction1, location: C:\Windows\TEMP\InstallAX_13_0_0_182.exe, command: -install -msi -au2

    I downloaded today so i believe i'm using the same version.

    EDIT: Figured it out. There should be a space between -au and 2.
    So it should be:
    CustomAction - change the action named "NewCustomAction1" target from "-install -msi" to "-install -msi -au 2"
  • You're correct, I apologize for the typo and I've edited the original post to be correct.
  • Perfect. Thanks
  • Thanks for the post. Very helpful.
  • I managed to install using this method. However for testing I uninstalled and tried to reinstall version 12.0.0.70. This failed to install the error:
    MSI (s) (1C:7C) [09:29:15:719]: Product: Adobe Flash Player 12 ActiveX -- Error 1722.There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. Contact your support personnel or package vendor. Action NewCustomAction1, location: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Temp\InstallAX_12_0_0_70.exe, command: -install -msi.

    While the latest version installs fine I don't want to store up an issue for future that will affect all our PCs. Any idea why the old version is no longer installing?
  • Thanks for the post - VERY Helpful
  • is it just me or is there no msi code for flash in the registry using this method? The product code should be {1BBE4C53-634B-44B3-8693-314ED6260557} which is in the MSI, but when installing with the transform file that entry is not made. Without this entry my typical uninstall method is also broken.
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Just noticed the Flash autoupdate service now do major versions too. A change from not to long ago. I install both the active-x and plugin version from the .exe with the "-install -au 0" switches using Intune. Seems like a hands off solution from now on even doing major updates, i.e. even going from 12 -> 13 was autoupdated without user notification or interference.

Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (Delivered as an EXE)
Deployment Method Used: Vendor Provided Command Line (switch driven)
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s): Windows
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