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Rated 2 / 5 (Somewhat Easy) based on 8 ratings
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Command Line
I used the following command line to perform an unattended install of AdbeRdr80_en_US.exe:

AdbeRdr80_en_US.exe /sPB /rs /l /msi"/qb-! /norestart /log c:\acrobat8.log ALLUSERS=2 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES"

Typing: "AdbeRdr80_en_US.exe /?" displays the following:

/sAll Silent Mode for product
/sPB Silent Mode with Progress Bar for product
/rs Reboot Suppress
/rps Reboot Prompt Suppress
/ini "PATH" Alternative initialization file
/sl "LANG_ID" Set Language; LANG_ID - Code in decimal digits
/l Enable Error Logging
/msi[Command line] Parameters for MSIEXEC
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Create the following registry keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown
DWORD:bDontShowAtLaunch=1
DWORD:bGoOnline=0

These will suppress their new feature called beyond acrobat and prevent it from automatically connecting at launch.
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Use this new location to lockdown the feature in reader 8
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown]
"bUpdater"=dword:00000000
"bShowEbookMenu"=dword:00000000
"bPurchaseAcro"=dword:00000000
"bCreatePDFOnline"=dword:00000000
"bBrowserIntegration"=dword:00000000
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Adobe is using the netop stuff to compress their installs. Obtaining the full download isn't totally straightforward either. If you're on XP, select alternate download and get the Windows 2000 SP4. they'll give you the full 20 meg file.

Once you have that, start the install and wait for it to get to the first screen. Go to your TEMP folder in your profile and copy out the Adobe Reader 8.0 folder. Then you can cancel.

Either create a transform, directly modify the MSI or use from the command line and apply the following property changes:

EULA_ACCEPT=YES (This disables the EULA dialog)
SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES (this keeps it from launching immediately after install)
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I tried out the new Adobe customization wizard. Basically it generates a transform that adds some new tables to the msi. Surprisingly it doesn't appear to change any properties of the original msi but just makes additions. The EnterpriseRegistries table contains the stuff you want to know to lock down Acrobat. Also this new customizer works on other adobe products as well.

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Resolution for error "There is a problem with Adobe Acrobat/Reader. Please exit Adobe Acrobat/Reader and try again." when trying to open a pdf in IE browser.

This error can have 2 causes:

- adobe reader 8 combined with adobe acrobat 7 (std or pro) and file association of pdf links to acrobat.

- setup created with adobe customization wizard and in installation options - default viewer for PDF files the option "Make acrobat the default viewer if both acrobat and reader are installed"

The solution is to reset the file associations in the registry. The regfile I post will make acrobat the default viewer for pdf files but in your browser adobe reader 8 will be used.

Regfile: adobe.reg
---start---

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\acrobat\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Acrobat\\Acrobat.exe"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\acrobat\shell]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\acrobat\shell\open]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\acrobat\shell\open\command]
@="C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Acrobat\\Acrobat.exe /u \"%1\""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat\Exe]
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Reader 8.0\\Reader\\AcroRd32.exe\""

---end---

If you wish to check first if acrobat is installed then check if acrobat.exe is installed on the machine.
e.g. by batch script

if not exist "c:\program files\adobe\acrobat\acrobat.exe" goto end
regedit /S c:\temp\reader\adobe.reg

:end
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Command Line
Adobe Reader 8 - Problem with installer discarding MST changes?

We'd found the changes specified in MST's were being 'ignored' by the installer, whether they were made directly or through the customisation wizard.

Have confirmed this myself but found a work-around where the changes are applied as usual when the installer is driven by Setup.exe rather than MSIExec.
Setup.exe can be provided with the /msi parameter - at which point, any further characters are passed to MSIExec...

setup.exe /msi/t AcrRead8.MST /qb /l "AcrRead8 %computername%.txt"
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Command Line

In order to disable the Beyond Reader function. Include the bDowntown=0 value in the policies registry key.

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Thanx to Adrian above for giving the .cmd file used for a great install using the smaller .exe file. I've updated it to work with 8.1.0 plus added a few lines to remove the PDF online and remove the printto Kinkos icon, other than that very similar.

Copy and paste the following into your own .cmd file and place it in the directory of the .exe installer and simply double click the cmd file. Recommend uninstalling whatever version of reader you currently have first.

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@ECHO OFF
ECHO Adobe Reader 8.1. instalation with optimization ...
START /WAIT AdbeRdr810_en_US.EXE /sPB /rs /rps /msi"ALLUSERS=TRUE EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES"

REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AdobeViewer" /v EULA /d 0x00000001 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AdobeViewer" /v Launched /d 0x00000001 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown" /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown" /v bDontShowAtLaunch /d 0x00000001 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown" /v bGoOnline /d 0x00000000 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bBrowserIntegration /d 0x00000000 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bCreatePDFOnline /d 0x00000000 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bPurchaseAcro /d 0x00000000 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bShowEbookMenu /d 0x00000000 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bUpdater /d 0x00000000 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown\cHostedServices\cMeeting" /v bShowMeets /d 0x00000000 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown\cHostedServices\cProtectPDF" /v bShowMeets /d 0x00000000 /t REG_DWORD /f


ECHO Removing print to FedEx icon
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bFedExInternetPrinting /d 0x00000001 /t REG_DWORD /f

IF EXIST "%PUBLIC%\Desktop\Adobe Reader 8.LNK" DEL /F /Q "%PUBLIC%\Desktop\Adobe Reader 8.LNK"
IF EXIST "%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Adobe Reader Speed Launch.LNK" DEL /F /Q "%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Adobe Reader Speed Launch.LNK"
IF EXIST "%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Adobe Reader Synchronizer.LNK" DEL /F /Q "%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Adobe Reader Synchronizer.LNK"

IF EXIST "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Desktop\Adobe Reader 8.LNK" DEL /F /Q "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Desktop\Adobe Reader 8.LNK"
IF EXIST "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Adobe Reader Speed Launch.LNK" DEL /F /Q "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Adobe Reader Speed Launch.LNK"
IF EXIST "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Adobe Reader Synchronizer.LNK" DEL /F /Q "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Adobe Reader Synchronizer.LNK"
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Thanx again Adrian, AppDeploy and stealthpuppy.com
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Command Line
FWIW, below is my script for installation, mostly built from info from here (thank you everyone!), partly from unattended's CVS. The result: No EULA prompt ever, no TSR (or whatever it's called post-DOS days), no desktop shortcut, no automatic updates, and no mucking with Orca or its friends.

@echo off
echo Installing the program ...
:: allusers=2 is to force installation to the all users profile, as per
:: http://www.adobeforums.com/webx/.3bbff5d4
start /wait adberdr811_enu.exe /sPB /rs /l /msi"/passive /norestart /log C:\netinst\logs\acrobat8.log allusers=2 eula_accept=yes suppress_app_launch=yes"

:: Install Extended Language Support Fonts Package
echo Installing the font pack ...
msiexec /i fontpack810_xtd_lang.msi /qb

echo Cleaning up aftwards ...
del "%AllUsersProfile%\Desktop\Adobe Reader 8.lnk"

:: Do not start anything unless necessary
reg delete HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run /f /v "Adobe Reader Speed Launcher"

:: Turn off first-run EULA prompt
reg add "HKLM\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AdobeViewer" /f /v EULA /t REG_DWORD /d 1
reg add "HKLM\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AdobeViewer" /f /v Launched /t REG_DWORD /d 1

:: Turn off Beyond Reader
reg add "HKLM\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown" /f /v bDontShowAtLaunch /t REG_DWORD /d 1
reg add "HKLM\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown" /f /v bGoOnline /t REG_DWORD /d 0

:: Turn off automatic updates
move "%ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\plug_ins\updater.api" "%ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Optional\"
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Command Line
I have found the easiest way to deploy Adobe Reader, Acrobat Pro and standard is to use the Adobe Customization Wizard. This will create an mst with numerous options available to customize the install as well as the application. Here is the link to download the version 8 wizard:

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/thankyou.jsp?ftpID=3564&fileID=3358

Then you can use the simple msi command line to install.

msiexec.exe /i AcroRdr.msi TRANSFORMS="AcroRdr.mst" /qn

The /qn is optional as the wizard give you the option of which type user interface.
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Note
It is also possible to do a download of a "normal" XP SP2 installation and grab the files from the temp dir with a fake install (click cancel at the end of setup).

You can also add the keys that Chipster described into the MSI/MST table named Registry. Because they are DWORD's you need to add the value 1 as #1 and ofcourse 0 as #0.

What I usually do is in ORCA sort the tableview on the word Registry and find the highest number, when i add a new value i just count the highest + 1.

For example:

Registry924 is the highest in the MSI package AcroRead.msi so i add the new name Registry925 and Registry926 for the keys that Chipster is talking about.

When somebody gives a registry location on this great website and you need to add it via a registry key (and it's a msi based installation) first check if the registry key is in the MSI table Registry then it's easier to copy and paste the information there and you don't need a Registry file after the installation.
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Thanks for the great information. In addition, we like to suppress the EULA that appears when reader is first launched. We added the following into the msi:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AdobeViewer
"EULA"=dword:00000001
"Launched"=dword:00000001

The only thing we have left to do is turn off automatic update checking.
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Acrobat reader 8 uses plug-ins to manage its features, so to disable Auto-update or any other feature, rename (either through direct MSI editing, transform or batch) the applicable plug-in located in %systemdrive%\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\plug_ins.
Autoupdate = Updater.api
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Using Orca I modified the msi in the following ways. This could also be done with a transform.

Property table:

AgreeToLicense=Yes Disable license popup on first launch
ENABLE_CACHE_FILES=No Disable copying distribution source files
SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES Disable launching immediately after install
EULA_ACCEPT=YES Disables EULA dialog
DISABLE_BROWSER_INTEGRATION=YES Disable viewing webpages in acrobat
LAUNCH_APP=0
Browser_Integration=0

Feature table:

Level set to 999 for the following features we didn't want.
BeyondReader: 999
Enterprise: 999
ReaderBrowserIntegration: 999
AUM5: 999
Updater: 0

Install Execute Sequence table:
AumRegister: Sequence set to 0
AumUnregister: Sequence set to 0

Thanks to the post below by Cass on how to disable the Updater feature error.

Registry table:

Note: this is copied directly from the registry table in the MSI

Registry925 1 SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Originals bAllowByteRangeRequests #0 Registry_Main_User
Registry926 1 SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Originals bDownloadEntireFile #0 Registry_Main_User
Registry927 2 SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown bDontShowAtLaunch #1 Registry_Main_System
Registry928 2 SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown bGoOnline #0 Registry_Main_System
Registry929 1 SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AVGeneral\cToolbars\cFile\cInternalButtons a0 Open Registry_Main_User
Registry930 1 SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AVGeneral\cToolbars\cFile\cInternalButtons a1 Print Registry_Main_User
Registry931 1 SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AVGeneral\cToolbars\cFile\cInternalButtons a2 Save Registry_Main_User
Registry932 1 SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AVGeneral\cToolbars\cFile\cInternalButtons a3 SaveFileAs Registry_Main_User
Registry933 1 SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AVGeneral\cToolbars\cFile\cInternalButtons a4 endDialogGroup Registry_Main_User
Registry934 1 SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AVGeneral\cToolbars\cFile\cInternalButtons a5 AcroHLS:Prev Registry_Main_User
Registry935 1 SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AVGeneral\cToolbars\cFile\cInternalButtons a6 AcroHLS:Next Registry_Main_User

925: Disables Fast Web View
926: Disables Allow speculative downloading in the backgroud
927: Disables Beyond Adobe Reader screen on launch
928: Disables Going online, part of Beyond Adobe
929-935: Removes the Start Meeting button from the toolbar and adds Open, Save.
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;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
;Author : Trevor Sullivan
;Date : January 9th, 2007
;E-mail : Gmail/pcgeek86
;Website : http://develnet.blogspot.com
;Purpose : Adobe Reader 8.0 Group Policy Administrative Template

;DISCLAIMER:
; I am in no way responsible for the use or misuse of this
; Group Policy Administrative Template. It is provided free,
; for your usage, at your own risk. While I have tested these
; features to work according to their description, I hold no
; guarantees as to how they will work in your network
; environment. PLEASE PERFORM YOUR OWN TESTING!
;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
CLASS MACHINE ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
CATEGORY Adobe
CATEGORY "Reader 8.0"


;;;;;;;;;; Policies ;;;;;;;;;;
POLICY !!pol_updater
KEYNAME !!key_adobe
VALUENAME !!val_updater
EXPLAIN !!txt_updater
VALUEON NUMERIC 0
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
END POLICY

POLICY !!pol_ebookmenu
KEYNAME !!key_adobe
VALUENAME !!val_ebookmenu
EXPLAIN !!txt_ebookmenu
VALUEON NUMERIC 0
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
END POLICY

POLICY !!pol_purchaseacro
KEYNAME !!key_adobe
VALUENAME !!val_purchaseacro
EXPLAIN !!txt_purchaseacro
VALUEON NUMERIC 0
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
END POLICY

POLICY !!pol_disablebrowser
KEYNAME !!key_adobe
VALUENAME !!val_disablebrowser
EXPLAIN !!txt_disablebrowser
VALUEON NUMERIC 0
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
END POLICY

POLICY !!pol_createpdf
KEYNAME !!key_adobe
VALUENAME !!val_createpdf
EXPLAIN !!txt_createpdf
VALUEON NUMERIC 0
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
END POLICY

;;;;;;;;;; Preferences ;;;;;;;;;;
POLICY !!pol_beyondadobe
KEYNAME !!key_beyond
VALUENAME !!val_beyond
EXPLAIN !!txt_beyond
VALUEON NUMERIC 1
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
END POLICY

POLICY !!pol_EULAAccepted
KEYNAME !!key_viewer
VALUENAME !!val_EULAAccepted
EXPLAIN !!txt_EULAAccepted
VALUEON NUMERIC 1
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
END POLICY

END CATEGORY ;Reader 8.0
END CATEGORY ;Adobe

;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
[strings]
pol_updater="Disable Adobe Updater"
pol_ebookmenu="Disable 'Digital Editions'"
pol_purchaseacro="Disable Purchase Acrobat"
pol_disablebrowser="Disable Browser Integration"
pol_createpdf="Disable Create PDF"
pol_beyondadobe="Disable Beyond Adobe"
pol_EULAAccepted="Accept EULA"

key_beyond="SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown"
key_adobe="SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown"
key_viewer="SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AdobeViewer"

val_updater="bUpdater"
val_ebookmenu="bShowEbookMenu"
val_purchaseacro="bPurchaseAcro"
val_disablebrowser="bBrowserIntegration"
val_createpdf="bCreatePDFOnline"
val_beyond="bDontShowAtLaunch"

val_EULAAccepted="EULA"
val_Launched="Launched"

txt_EULAAccepted="This option controls the acceptance of the End-User license agreement.\n\nWhen this option is enabled, the EULA will be accepted automatically, and the user will NOT see the EULA screen.\n\nWhen this option is diabled, the end user will be prompted with the EULA and be forced to accept it in order to start Adobe Reader."
txt_disablebrowser="This option controls Adobe Reader's browser integration feature.\n\nWhen this option is enabled, browser integration will be DISABLED.\n\nWhen this option is disabled, browser integration will be ENABLED."
txt_createpdf="This option controls the availability of the Create PDF menu option.\n\nWhen this option is enabled, the Create PDF option will be greyed out an inaccessible.\n\nWhen this option is disabled, the Create PDF option will appear active on the File menu."
txt_ebookmenu="This option controls the availability of the Digital Editions menu option.\n\nWhen this option is enabled, the Digital Editions menu option will NOT be shown.\n\nWhen this option is disabled, the Digital Editions menu option will be shown."
txt_purchaseacro="This option controls the availability of the Purchase Acrobat option on the Help Menu in Acrobat Reader 8.0.\n\nWhen this option is enabled, the Purchase Acrobat option will NOT be available on the Help menu.\n\nWhen this option is disabled, the Purchase Acrobat option will be available on the Help menu."
txt_updater="This option controls the availability of the Check For Updates option in the Help Menu to the end user.\n\nWhen this option is enabled, the Check For Updates option will not be available to end users.\n\nWhen this option is disabled, the updater option will be available to end users.\n\nIf this setting is set to Not Configured, the Check For Updates option will be available to end users in the Help menu."
txt_beyond="This option controls the appearance of the Beyond Adobe screen upon Adobe Reader startup.\n\nWhen this option is enabled, the Beyond Adobe window will NOT appear on startup.\n\nWhen this option is disabled, the Beyond Adobe window will appear on startup."
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Virtualization
I have virtualized Adobe Acrobat 8 with Altiris SVS and have had no problems at all.

The scope behind this was I needed 5.0.5 and 8.1 on the same installation, so both will coexist and work correctly with Adobe 8.1 as the main PDF Reader.
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I created an ADM file for the following HKCU settings because we wanted to set the following:

1. Get rid of the splashscreen
2. Set the organization name
3. Change the connection speed to LAN
4. Set the spelling to English (United Kingdom)
5. Change page units to metric.

The ADM file contains the settings for both Adobe Reader 8.x and Adobe Acrobat 8.x.

When adding the policy, you'll need to ensure that the filter on your GPO editor is set to also display settings that can't be fully managed. This is because the settings are stored outside the "policy" key.

Here's the ADM (copy and paste into notepad to retain formatting, hopefully):

CLASS USER
CATEGORY !!CustomHeader
CATEGORY "Adobe Reader 8"
CATEGORY "Preferences"

CATEGORY "General"
CATEGORY "Application Startup"
POLICY "Show splash screen"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Originals"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainNosplash
VALUENAME "bDisplayedSplash"
VALUEON NUMERIC 0
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Identity"
POLICY "Organization Name"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Identity"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainOrgName
PART "Organization Name." EDITTEXT
VALUENAME "tCorporation"
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Internet"
CATEGORY "Internet Options"
POLICY "Connection speed"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AVGeneral"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainConnection
PART "Connection speed." DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
VALUENAME "iConnectionSpeed"
ITEMLIST
NAME "56kbps" VALUE NUMERIC 56000
NAME "LAN" VALUE NUMERIC 10000000 DEFAULT
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Spelling"
CATEGORY "Dictionaries"
POLICY "Dictionaries"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Spelling"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainDictionary
PART "Default Dictionary" DROPDOWNLIST
VALUENAME "tDictionaryName"
ITEMLIST
NAME "English (United Kingdom)" VALUE "English (United Kingdom)"
ACTIONLIST
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Spelling"
VALUENAME "iDictionaryDefaultID" VALUE NUMERIC 7
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrder"
VALUENAME "t0" VALUE "English (United Kingdom)"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrderID"
VALUENAME "i0" VALUE NUMERIC 7
END ACTIONLIST
NAME "English (United States)" VALUE "English (United States)"
ACTIONLIST
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Spelling"
VALUENAME "iDictionaryDefaultID" VALUE NUMERIC 2
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrder"
VALUENAME "t0" VALUE "English (United States)"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrderID"
VALUENAME "i0" VALUE NUMERIC 2
END ACTIONLIST
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Units"

POLICY "Page Units"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Originals"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainPageUnits
PART "Page unit" DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
VALUENAME "iPageUnits"
ITEMLIST
NAME "Points" VALUE NUMERIC 0
NAME "Inches" VALUE NUMERIC 1
NAME "Millimeters" VALUE NUMERIC 2 DEFAULT
NAME "Centimeters" VALUE NUMERIC 3
NAME "Picas" VALUE NUMERIC 4
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY

END CATEGORY


END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY



CATEGORY "Adobe Acrobat 8"
CATEGORY "Preferences"

CATEGORY "General"
CATEGORY "Application Startup"
POLICY "Show splash screen"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\8.0\Originals"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainNosplash
VALUENAME "bDisplayedSplash"
VALUEON NUMERIC 0
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Identity"
POLICY "Organization Name"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\8.0\Identity"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainOrgName
PART "Organization Name." EDITTEXT
VALUENAME "tCorporation"
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Internet"
CATEGORY "Internet Options"
POLICY "Connection speed"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\8.0\AVGeneral"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainConnection
PART "Connection speed." DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
VALUENAME "iConnectionSpeed"
ITEMLIST
NAME "56kbps" VALUE NUMERIC 56000
NAME "LAN" VALUE NUMERIC 10000000 DEFAULT
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Spelling"
CATEGORY "Dictionaries"
POLICY "Dictionaries"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\8.0\Spelling"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainDictionary
PART "Default Dictionary" DROPDOWNLIST
VALUENAME "tDictionaryName"
ITEMLIST
NAME "English (United Kingdom)" VALUE "English (United Kingdom)"
ACTIONLIST
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\8.0\Spelling"
VALUENAME "iDictionaryDefaultID" VALUE NUMERIC 7
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\8.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrder"
VALUENAME "t0" VALUE "English (United Kingdom)"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\8.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrderID"
VALUENAME "i0" VALUE NUMERIC 7
END ACTIONLIST
NAME "English (United States)" VALUE "English (United States)"
ACTIONLIST
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\8.0\Spelling"
VALUENAME "iDictionaryDefaultID" VALUE NUMERIC 2
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\8.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrder"
VALUENAME "t0" VALUE "English (United States)"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\8.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrderID"
VALUENAME "i0" VALUE NUMERIC 2
END ACTIONLIST
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Units"

POLICY "Page Units"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\8.0\Originals"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainPageUnits
PART "Page unit" DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
VALUENAME "iPageUnits"
ITEMLIST
NAME "Points" VALUE NUMERIC 0
NAME "Inches" VALUE NUMERIC 1
NAME "Millimeters" VALUE NUMERIC 2 DEFAULT
NAME "Centimeters" VALUE NUMERIC 3
NAME "Picas" VALUE NUMERIC 4
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY

END CATEGORY


END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


END CATEGORY

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CustomHeader= "Custom Policies"
ExplainNosplash="When disabled, the program will not display a splashscreen on startup.\n\nWhen enabled, the splashscreen will be displayed."
ExplainOrgName="Enter the organization name by typing it in."
ExplainConnection="To specify LAN, set the connection speed to 10000000."
ExplainPageUnits="Set the page unit from the drop-down list.\n\nThe default is millimeters."
ExplainDictionary="Used to specify the default dictionary to spell checking."
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Here is *where* to disable automatic updates. I'm still working on the *how* (other than a logon script). Adobe seems to love to make my life miserable.

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Updater5\AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat

Change from

<AutoCheck>1</AutoCheck>

to

<AutoCheck>0</AutoCheck>

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Thanks to everyone for the tips. Sure saves time.

Notes:
You can set the Feature Level to be 0 and that will disable that particular feature. (ie. Updater, AUM5, etc)

To avoid the error during install regarding Updater.api simply disable to calls to AumRegister and AumUnRegister CAs. In Wise, you can comment out the lines on the Execute Deferred tab. The long way is to set Condition in InstallExecute sequence table for those two CAs to 0.
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There is a new tool to customize Adobe Acrobat/Reader 8 Products: "Adobe Customization Wizard"

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3564

This tool supersedes the InstallShield Tuner.
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There is an error in the article provided by joedown on 12/20/2006. The registry keys bDontShowAtLaunch and bGoOnline belong to the component Registry_Main_System as indicated by the "2" in the second column.

HKCU/Software/Adobe/Acrobat Reader/8.0/AVGeneral/bDocumentsInTaskbar, REG_DWORD = #1 will force Reader to display a separate window for each document, just like MS Office.

Any changes to HKCU will only be valid for the account installing the software. This is because the component Registry_Main_User has no key file path set. Set the key file path property for one item in this component and setup will be invoked and install this component for every user on first launch (just like MS Office). I used AdminStudio to do so, but it could be done with ORCA if you a familiar with the MSI-tables.
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Another fix for the can't open pdf from the web error, Found that the removal of the "Reader_sl.exe" shortcut also caused this error.

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Keep in mind that Joedown's reg edits to add toolbar items is only for the current user and does not apply to all users on a system.

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I tried using the above posts for the removal of the Updater, but with Zenworks, I always errored out with a 1603 error using the MSI with a custom MST (it did install OK without removing Updater if you used an msiexec command line.)
I did find a post on another website though that removes the Updater wonderfully well - including removing it from the menu. Read below to see how it works. (Note - application does need to be uninstalled and reinstalled for this change to work).

Editing the transform to remove Updater 5 is a simple process:

1. Launch the Adobe Customization Wizard and then open an Adobe Reader 8 install package (the .MSI file)
2. Click Direct Editor and choose File under Tables
3. Select the AdobeUpdater rows starting from AdobeUpdate.cer on row 13 to Aum5_AdobeUpdater.exe on row 31
4. Right click these rows and choose Drop Rows
5. Now select FeatureComponents under Tables
6. Select allow of the rows where Feature_ is listed as AUM5 (Click the Feature_ header to order the rows starting with AUM5)
7. Right click these rows and choose Drop Rows
8. Click Transform and then Generate Transform... to create a transform file.

(I did all this in my Custom MST file through InstallShield, rather than the Adobe Customisation tool).

These steps just disable the Updater ("Check for Updates" is still in the menu, but just does nothing when selected). To also remove the option from the menu, in the MST file, add the following registy key.

HKLM\Software\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockDown\bUpdate=0 (DWORD)

Once again, do all this in the MST file, but I actually had to uninstall and reinstall for the change to be 100% effective.

Here's the link to where I found it if you want to look at it a bit more - http://www.stealthpuppy.com/blogs/travelling/archive/2007/01/06/adobe-customization-wizard-8.aspx
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Just thought I would add that the Adobe Reader 8 Integrated Browser and full client settings are in different. I.E. I was trying to set the Save As button to not show when previewed in the browser.

After making your changes in the browser you will need to restart the workstation (not power it off or reset - but shutdown/restart) or logout.

AcroRd32.exe stays running in the background even when the browser is not running, so a restart is required (or logout) before the changes are written to registry. Ending the task does not work either, so a logout or restart it the way to go.

You can then export the current user settings and apply them to the Default User or other user profiles.
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To remove all the features like auto updating, splash screen etc. Pretty much if you follow what migail said except before creating the .MST turn off the splash and what ever you want to turn off:

1. Launch the Adobe Customization Wizard and then open an Adobe Reader 8 install package (the .MSI file)
2. Click Direct Editor and choose File under Tables
3. Select the AdobeUpdater rows starting from AdobeUpdate.cer on row 13 to Aum5_AdobeUpdater.exe on row 31
4. Right click these rows and choose Drop Rows
5. Now select FeatureComponents under Tables
6. Select allow of the rows where Feature_ is listed as AUM5 (Click the Feature_ header to order the rows starting with AUM5)
7. Right click these rows and choose Drop Rows
8. Click Transform and then Generate Transform... to create a transform file

Then modify the .mst that is created using wise or whatever.

Add these appropriate registry keys:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown]
"bDontShowAtLaunch"=dword:00000001
"bGoOnline"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown]
"bPurchaseAcro"=dword:00000000
"bShowEbookMenu"=dword:00000000
"bUpdater"=dword:00000000
"bCreatePDFOnline"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AVGeneral\cToolbars\cfile\cInternalButtons]
"a5"="AcroHLS:Prev"
"a1"="Print"
"a2"="Save"
"a3"="SaveFileAs"
"a4"="endDialogGroup"
"a6"="AcroHLS:Next"
"a0"="Open"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Originals]
"bDownloadEntireFile"=dword:00000000
"bDisplayedSplash"=dword:00000001

and everything should be gone except for "Beyond Adobe" in the Help Pulldown Menu. I'm still figuring out how to do this but apparently can be done by Javascript API?
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CLI script to deploy Acrobat Reader v8, without messing with MSI:s, MST:s and other things. Deployable over AD/GPO startup script.

1. Get the full 20MB installer by choosing to download for Windows Server 2003 from here. Other versions gets you the 500k downloader package which is useless. No yahoo-toolbar or any other addons included in this full package AFAIK.

2. Create cmd-file and paste stuff between ---'s into it. Change path to your admin-install share as appropriate:
---
"\\domain\dfs\MSI\Adobe Reader v8.0\AdbeRdr80_en_US.exe" /sPB /rs ALLUSERS=2 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES /msi"/quiet"

if exist "%allusersprofile%\Desktop\Adobe Reader 8.lnk" goto delete else registry

:delete
del /F /Q "%allusersprofile%\Desktop\Adobe Reader 8.lnk"

:registry
rem Add Lockdown-settings
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bUpdater /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bShowEbookMenu /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bPurchaseAcro /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bCreatePDFOnline /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bBrowserIntegration /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AdobeViewer" /v EULA /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AdobeViewer" /v Launched /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown" /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown" /v bDontShowAtLaunch /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Downtown" /v bGoOnline /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
---

Save script and excute on test computer. Check registry for the settings above. Update etc should be removed for any/all users. Start Adobe Reader v8 on test computer to confrm correct behaviour.

When run as startup script, it will pop up an installer window when computer boots. Looks ugly, but works, and you don't have to mess around with custom msi- and mst-packages.

Passing parameters to msi-engine from command line doesn't seem to work properly with the exe-installer. Only thing that sort of works is the quiet-switch. Logging eg does not, one only gets a msi-switches help window.

Tested and deemed ok on WinXP SP2, WinXP x64 SP2. Probably works on Win2k and Win2k3 as well.

This script compiled from info that others have contributed on appdeploy.com. Thx guys!
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Resolution for error "There is a problem with Adobe Acrobat/Reader. Please exit Adobe Acrobat/Reader and try again." when trying to open a pdf in IE browser

Early Febuary 2007 I downloaded the US_version of Adobe Reader 8, and I recieved the above error message.
Tried all mentioned solutions, and several of them seemed to work on some pc's. But NEVER on ALL pc's.

Today I downloaded a fresh version from Adobe, this time a Danish version (we have both US/UK and DK versions of Win XP). After making changes in the Customization tool the package simply worked everywhere!

So my best guess is that Adobe maybe corrected their downloadable files?
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To disable the "Send to FedEx Kinko's" function (Adobe Reader 8.1) include this:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown]
"bFedExInternetPrinting"=dword:00000001
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How to get a multilingual Adobe Reader 8.1 installation:

Firstly you want to get the Adobe Reader Enterprise Edition, not the consumer version.

You can extract the compressed NOSSO contents to %temp% by running AdbeRdr810_en_US.exe -nos_ne (this only works when run from within the directory where the exe resides, otherwise it will start the setup)

You can now the customize your install generating a custom.mst using Adobe's wizard or any Tuner application.

If you want Adobe Reader multilingual for i.e. Terminal Server installation, you could install the en version first and the the language of your choice right afterwards, but that's time and space consuming. there is a slicker way: Take MsiTran.exe from the Windows SDK and generate a mst of the delta between english and localized.

First run administrative installs of both msis to different directories. Second rename AcroRead.msi from the localized version (here: German) to AcroRead_de.msi. Then copy the localized version into the english version. Copy MsiTran into the directory. Inside the directory run MsiTran.Exe -g AcroRead.msi AcroRead_de.msi 1031.mst r
If you need more languages, just repeat the process substituting the German file for any other language needed.

You can then install msiexec /IAcroread.msi TRANSFORMS=custom.mst;1031.mst /qb- and get a mutlilingual installation withouth having to schlepp two big redundant cab files around or worry about file ordering.

(You will be able to select the language through the international section of the settings afterwards.)

N.B. I moved the updater.api from 'plug_ins' to the 'optional' folder after installation.
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Bug in Adobe Reader 8.0 Package
-------------------------------

Has anyone installed Adobe Reader 8.0 using the silent mode or the /sPB switch or maybe directly running the MSI with qb! switch and performed the following?

a) Right click on a PDF File and selected Open!
b) Printed more than 1 page through the software!
c) Used an application to open the pdf using Adobe reader 8.

All of the above would result in an error! The following is the reason..

The component AcroRead.Document.7.Ex does not get installed when we run the package in Silent /sPB mode. This component takes care of the required registry keys in HKCR and HKLM\Software\Classes to register the file type PDF with the "Open" and "Print To" and the "Print" command menu selections.

The registy does not get installed at all. This component contains the required registry. However, the action on Double click or "Open with Adobe Reader 8" is registered by another component AcroRead.Document.7 and gets installed even in silent mode. Therefore, users can double click to open the file but not Right click and select Open!

As a remedy to this mess in the package, we have manually created the registry keys required and importing them into user's that have already installed the package.
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You can run your Adobe Reader customized package with out initiating it through setup.exe. Within your workspace or the path where you saved you application package, make sure you only have in there the msi, mst and Data1.cab files.

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Acrobat Reader 8 with CA USD:

You can deploy the Acrobat Reader without Orca or other Tools. Just start the setup.exe and wait until the first Window opens. Then copy the installation files out from the users TEMP directory.

Now you have a setup.exe, some config files and a native MSI installer.

The imortant MSI Property is EULA_ACCEPT=YES.

I use this way to deploy the version 8 with CA Unicenter Software Delivery without any problems.
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Warning about the Acrobat Reader 8.1.2 update.

If you have the Acrobat Authoring software installed on a machine and you update the Reader software to 8.1.2 and you select either "Make Acrobat the default viewer if both Acrobat and Reader are installed", or "Make Reader the default viewer if both Acrobat and Reader are installed" the user will get an error when the Reader launches. Turning off "Open in Browser" under Edit, Preferences, Internet solves the problem, or you can also re-compile your MST with the "Installer will decide which product will be the default" option and push it back out. KB is located at http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb401258&sliceId=2
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To deploy the installation of Adobe Reader 8.1.2, first, I uninstall all Adobe Acrobat Reader versions using this VBS which I took from http://sms-hints-tricks.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2007-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&updated-max=2008-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=45

Dim objShell

Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

On error resume next

Dim OldVersion

Dim sngVersion

'<!--- Adobe Reader --->

'' Adobe Readers

sngVersion = objShell.RegRead ("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Installer\ENU_GUID")

if NOT sngVersion="" then

objShell.run("msiexec /x " & sngVersion & " /qn /norestart"), 0, True
end if


OldVersion = objShell.RegRead ("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\7.0\Installer\ENU_GUID")

if NOT OldVersion="" then

objShell.run("msiexec /x " & OldVersion & " /qn /norestart"), 0, True

end if

OldVersion = objShell.RegRead ("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\6.0\Installer\ENU_GUID")

if NOT OldVersion="" then

objShell.run("msiexec /x " & OldVersion & " /qn /norestart"), 0, True

end if

'<!--- Adobe Acrobat --->

OldVersion = objShell.RegRead ("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\6.0\Installer\ENU_GUID")

if NOT OldVersion="" then

objShell.run("msiexec /x " & OldVersion & " /qn /norestart"), 0, True

end if

objShell.run("isuninst.exe -f""c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat 5.0\nt\uninst.isu"" -c""c:\program files\common files\adobe\acrobat 5.0\nt\uninst.dll"" -a ")

WScript.Quit


and then i use this command to install the new version:

msiexec /i AcroRead.msi TRANSFORMS=Adobereader812.mst /qn /norestart
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The Adobe Customization Wizard * can perform most of these tasks. Some people have noted that running the msi created by the Customization Wizard does not apply apply the transforms they have created.

All that is required is to run Setup.exe from the folder where you saved your package. This will call the appropriate files and apply all the changes applied in the Customization Wizard.
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After some changes and testing, I have a basic batch file based script running over a Novell network.
I am using a basic marker file system (.grp) to check for installation (or attempted installation) of the setup:-

@echo off
cls
if exist "c:\ins\station3.grp" goto end
goto install

:install
if exist "c:\ins\station3a.grp" goto end
echo.
echo ***** Adobe Reader v8.1.1 Update *****
echo.
echo.
\\servername\volname\foldername\adobereader\AcroRead.msi ALLUSERS=TRUE TRANSFORMS=\\servername\volname\foldername\adobereader\acroread.MST /qb- /log c:\ins\adberdr.log
copy \\servername\volname\foldername\adobereader\station3a.grp c:\ins
echo.

:end



- Quite a basic install, but I have used the Adobe Customisation Wizard to create the MST file. More information on the Adobe Customisation wizard can be found here
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Here is how I disabled the updater;
Load extracted MSI out of the exe
In adminstudio select features under organization
select "readerprogramfiles" and expand
select "aum5"
change install level to "999"

This stops the update manager from being installed.
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You don't have to use Wise to modify the registry keys. The Adobe Customization Wizard 8 contains also a nice registy editor. Just choose "Destionation Computer".

For all noods (like me): After modifing the MSI you have to choose the .exe, not the .mis =)
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Using SMS to deploy. I used the Adobe Customization tool to create a transform (disabled updates, accept EULA, remove shortcuts from desktop), then modified the setup.ini to apply this transform to the install. I then use the following VBScript to wrap the installation. It adds the capability to remove prior versions of the software, and provides a UI in an IE window. Just throw all the install files and the VBScript into a folder, execute the VBScript, and presto!

'=================================
On Error Resume Next

strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("Winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")

Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * From Win32_DesktopMonitor")
For Each objItem in colItems
intHorizontal = objItem.ScreenWidth
intVertical = objItem.ScreenHeight
Next

Set objExplorer = CreateObject _
("InternetExplorer.Application")

objExplorer.Navigate "about:blank"
objExplorer.ToolBar = 0
objExplorer.StatusBar = 0
objExplorer.Left = (intHorizontal - 400) / 2
objExplorer.Top = (intVertical - 200) / 2
objExplorer.Width = 400
objExplorer.Height = 200
objExplorer.Visible = 1

objExplorer.Document.Body.Style.Cursor = "wait"

objExplorer.Document.Title = "Adobe Reader 7 Removal In Progress"
objExplorer.Document.Body.InnerHTML = "The existing version of Adobe Reader is being uninstalled. " _
& "This might take several minutes to complete."

Set colProcessList = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
("Select * from Win32_Process Where Name = 'AcroRd32.exe'")
For Each objProcess in colProcessList
objProcess.Terminate()
Next
Set colSoftware = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
("Select * from Win32_Product Where Name like 'Adobe Reader%'")
For Each objSoftware in colSoftware
objSoftware.Uninstall()
Next

objExplorer.Document.Body.InnerHTML = "The application was removed."

Wscript.Sleep 3000

objExplorer.Document.Title = "Adobe Reader 8 Installation In Progress"
objExplorer.Document.Body.InnerHTML = "Adobe Reader 8 is now being installed on your system. " _
& "This might take several minutes to complete."

set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run ".\setup.exe"

WScript.Sleep 2000

objExplorer.Enabled = True

Set colInstaller = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
("Select * From Win32_Process Where Name='Setup.exe'")
Do Until colInstaller.Count = 0
WScript.Sleep 3000
Set colInstaller = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
("Select * From Win32_Process Where Name='Setup.exe'")
Loop

objExplorer.Document.Body.Style.Cursor = "default"

objExplorer.Document.Body.InnerHTML = "Installation is complete."

Wscript.Sleep 5000

objExplorer.Quit
'=================================
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I followed the instructions here for locking down the installer via the Tuner - removing updates, Beyond Acrobat, etc. It worked fine for the first user who installed the program, but every user thereafter was still getting a splash screen and the initial launch of the Beyond Adobe icon. We determined this was because so many of those lock-down settings (splash screen, Beyond Adobe running at startup, etc.) are stored in HKEY_CURRENT_USER, they weren't being applied to other users who logged in post-install. Since we have several academic computer labs where literally hundreds of students will log in throughout the day, it was impractical to launch the ZEN object every time (effectively reinstalling the product). Here's how I worked around the HKCU limitation using ZENworks 7.0.1:

1.) Tune the application using the tuner, install via MSI with transform, then capture the entire HKCU\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\ key into a .reg file using Regedit.

2.) Create a workstation group in ConsoleOne and add all the systems that will need Acrobat Reader 8 installed.

3.) Open your MSI application object and associate it with that group. The App should be set to "Distribute in Workstation Security Space..." (Distribution Options | Options tab); on the Associations tab, make sure the "Force run" is selected. This will allow for a "lights-out" installation - running the MSI while no user is logged in.

4.) Create a second simple object in C1. On the "Distribution Options | Registry" tab import that registry file you pulled from #1.

5.) Associate that object with the App group you created in #2. Set to Force Run ("Associations") and choose the "Force Run as user..." option in "Run Options | Application"

The application will install in the background by itself when no one's logged in (usually we push these apps out in the evenings). When a user logs in, the registry push will force run and place the HKCU stuff in the registry as needed. When the user opens the program, all the user-specific defaults will be in place, and they won't get the splash screen, Beyond Acrobat, or anything else you locked down.
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Seems something changed between 8 and 8.1 because setting the Updater feature to level 0 in the 8.1 installer (see FTP link below) throws an error in the install process. I don't think it's necessary to remove that feature; if you lock out the updater via the registry (as above) you should be accomplishing the same purpose.

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Having just deployed the SVG 3.03 viewer with a lot of pain, using the Adobe Customization Wizard (for Adobe 8 PRO, STD and Reader) greatly simplified my tasks, so I would recommend it to anyone trying to repackage Adobe before trying anything else.

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To Change the location of the Updater, Edit "%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Updater5\AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat" (This is some XML file) in NotePad, change the location mentioned between <DownloadDir>...Updater5</DownloadDir> tags.
I Added a file called "AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat" containing ONLY the following text:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<AdobeUpdater>
<DownloadDir>C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\Adobe_Updater5</DownloadDir>
</AdobeUpdater>
Using Adobe's Customization Wizard (http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3564) to:
"Files and Folders" -> "Destination Computer" -> "CommonFilesFolder\Adobe\Updater5"

Now the updater will save it's temporary files in:
"C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\Adobe_Updater5"
Instead of "My Documents\Adobe_Updater5"!

Final note:
You might need to change the part between <DownloadDir> and </DownloadDir> in your logonscript because my trick does not always seem to work, sorry.
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To tell if Javascript is turned on or not:
-Edit menu -> Preferences
-On the left, select JavaScript


Disable_javascript.reg
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\JSPrefs]
"bConsoleOpen"=dword:00000000
"bEnableGlobalSecurity"=dword:00000001
"bEnableJS"=dword:00000000
"bEnableMenuItems"=dword:00000000


Enable_javascript.reg
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\JSPrefs]
"bConsoleOpen"=dword:00000000
"bEnableGlobalSecurity"=dword:00000001
"bEnableJS"=dword:00000001
"bEnableMenuItems"=dword:00000000
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For Reader 8.1.2 I used the following...

Full Command Line: MsiExec.exe /I{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A81200000003}
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Installing Acrobat Reader 8.1.3:

I had some trouble figuring this one out (still a rookie, and this reminded me of just how much of a rookie). Was able to eventually get it to install via a command line with all the parameters I wanted to include. Here's what finally worked for me:

1. Downloaded the msi from http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/8.x/8.1.3/enu/AdbeRdr813_en_US.msi

2. Started Customization Wizard 8.

3. Went through all the screens and set the options to how I wanted Reader 8 to deploy. At the last screen ("Direct Editor", in the left pane of the Customization Wizard) I received an error that there was no setup.ini. Didn't see one in the files extracted from the .msi, so I grabbed the setup.ini from Reader 8.0.0, removed the Read-Only property, then edited the msi and CmdLine lines under the "[Product]" section with the names of my 8.1.3 msi and the name I would use for the transform.

4. Saved the transform, closed out of the Wizard.

5. Ran the msi and transform from a command line:
msiexec /i AdbeRdr813_en_US.msi TRANSFORMS=AdbeRdr813_en_US.mst /qn /L c:\813\Reader813.log
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I didn't find the msi in %temp%, but I found it in the installer cache, C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Setup Files\.

/t didn't work for transforms, but TRANSFORMS= did.

Logout script for the annoying prompt to quit:
taskkill /im acrord32.exe
Actually that taskkill didn't work. This is fixed in Reader 9.x though.
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It is possible to include per-machine toolbar/ui customization in an MST by exporting the customized settings in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AVGeneral then including the same path in the HKLM hive via an MST. (e.g. hklm\software\adobe\...)

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For Orca 3.1.3790.0000 I used the following...

Run Parameters: /i
Full Command Line: msiexec.exe /i orca.msi /qb
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For Reader 8.1.2 I used the following...

Full Command Line: AcroRd32.exe /sALL /rs /l /msi"/qb-! /norestart /log c:\acrobat8.log ALLUSERS=2 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES"
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For upgrading to 8.1.4 or 8.1.5. I could only find the patch versions at this time:

msiexec /update AdbeRdrUpd814_all_incr.msp;AdbeRdrUpd815_all_incr.msp /qb
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For Reader 8.1.1 I used the following...

Full Command Line: AdbeRdr80_en_US.exe /sPB /rs /l /msi"/qb-! /t /log c:\acrobat8.log ALLUSERS=2 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES"
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After installing Adobe Reader 8.x you can find setup files (msi and Data1.cab) in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Setup Files\.

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For AdbeRdr920_fr_FR, a full Silent Install without progress bar:

AdbeRdr920_fr_FR.exe /sAll
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Only possibility to install this patch 8.2.3 is by following method :

1) Uninstall all previous version of adobe reader.
2) Install adobe reader 8.2.0
3) Install adobe reader 8.2.2 patch.

Then only we will be able to install 8.2.3.

So we had merged the patches "Adobe reader 8.2.2" & "Adobe reader 8.2.3" to Adobe reader 8.2.0 msi. This is done by using slipstream method to merge patches.

Command line to this merger is :

msiexec /p <Given .msp file> /a <given msi file>

This method had merged both patches to MSI & MSP's and created resultant msi "AdbeRdr820enUS.msi". This msi is edited through Adobe customization tool.
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