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-silent is the silent install switch for the Presenter updates

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For silent install use
msiexec.exe /I presenter.msi /passive SERIALNUMBER="XXXXX"

You can use most switches available for '/passive'
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Adobe, in their infinite wizdom, has yet again decided to deviate from the norm when distributing patches for an application. This is not a first, and probably won't be the last.

First off, create an administrative install point for the application. (msiexec /a presenter.msi).

You can deploy this as-is, but none of the patches will be available in this install.

Now, download the 7.0.1, 7.0.2, and 7.0.5 patches for Presenter from Adobe's support website.

When run, the patchers will check for the version of the application they are supposed to patch, so they must be run sequentially.

What you will find, however, is that these patches apply completely silently, with the exception that they display a completion dialog at the end. I have found no way to get around this dialog, there are no parameters that I can find that will cause it to not appear, thus the patches can't be deployed with the application....or can they?

You'll find that these patches appear to be installshield installers by the icon, however that is just a guise. You'll find that these are simply wrappers for a patching system called RTPatch created by PocketSoft.

You can verify this by running one of the patchers, but not clicking "OK" in the confirmation dialog. Now check in %TEMP%\Presenter7Patch. For the 7.0.1 patch, you will find four files, one of them is an executable, patch.exe, which identifies itself as RTPatch 6.0 (a rather old version).

From this, we can see that Adobe is using RTPatch to patch their application.

What we don't see in this directory, however, is the typical "RTP" patch file(s) used by this application.

Now, grab your favorite resource editor (XN Resource Editor?) and open up the patch file you downloaded from Adobe. You'll find an RTPFILES section, with familiar 4-digit codes as subkeys. Since I want English, I dealt with the file under 1033. We know this is an RTP file because it begins with the byte sequence "4B 2A" (hex), or "K*" (ASCII). Export this file as a .RTP file, and you'll have the patch. Do this for each of the next updates as well.

While you're at it, you can export a couple of things from the RTPATCH key, 200 as rtpatch.exe, and 201 as patchw32.dll.

Now, what you'll want to do is print a list of all the files patched by these patches to determine exactly which directory the patch should be applied to.

You can do this by running "rtpatch -list nameofpatch.rtp". Take a look at the list of files, then take a look at the program directory. All of these files happen to be in the same directory for the 701, 702, and 705 patches. (C:\Program Files\Adobe\Presenter 7)

Now, all you have to do is navigate to the corresponding directory in the administrative MSI install point you created earlier, and run the following command:

"rtpatch.exe nameofpatch.rtp x:\path\to\directory".

You should see a series of messages appear from rtpatch, which displays the results of the patch operation.

Do this two more times, for the 702 and 705 patches, and you should be good to go.

Now run the MSI from the patched administrative install point, and you'll find that the installer will now install the updated 7.0.5 version of the application.

Before you ask, no, you can't just apply the RTP patches to a 7.0.0 install that already exists on a machine, the plugin somehow registers itself with PowerPoint as an Add-In, and loses that registration when you apply the patch post-install.

Thanks Adobe!
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Just as an FYI:

The above will work for the 7.0.6 patch, as long as you're running Office 2007.

If you try to install the patched package on a system with Office 2010 installed, it will not work because the older presenter.msi that we are using as a base will not have the new check for Office 2010.

A new, Office 2010 capable MSI can be found here, but you still have to apply the above procedure to patch it to 7.0.6 once you make an administrative install point of it.
http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/presenter/win/presenter.msi
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The vendor MSI throws an error while installing on a machine with Office 2010. Add an entry under the Launch Conditions and AppSearch to detect PowerPoint-14 just as the other entries already present for Office 8,10 and 12.

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msiexec /I {4F93ABBE-5A1D-4D56-94CB-022F109FDE4D}

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