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Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
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The url to download Adobe Reader 9 is:

ftp://ftp.adobe.com//pub/adobe/reader/win/9.x/9.0/enu/AdbeRdr90_en_US_Std.exe

This is the version with no adobe.com or Air.

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After you download it, copy it to a temporary folder such as c:\R9. Then execute the installer with this command line:

C:\R9\AdbeRdr90_en_US_Std.exe -nos_o"./InstallFiles" -nos_ne

Note the lack of a space between -nos_o"./InstallFiles"

This will cause the installer files to be extracted to C:\R9\InstallFiles

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Alternately, use the old method:

Launch the installer. When it's done uncompressing and is at the first prompt, navigate to the following path:

%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Setup Files

Copy all of files to a new folder. This will be your deployment source.

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I used the information on this web page as a basis for what I did:

http://blog.stealthpuppy.com/deployment/deploying-adobe-reader-9-for-windows

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The free Microsoft Orca editor can be used to directly modify the MSI, not bothering with transforms:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa370557.aspx

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Open AcroRead.msi in Orca and then do the following:

- In the Component table, drop any row containing 'AdobeUpdater' or 'Adobe_Updater'
- In the Feature table, drop any row containing 'AUM' or 'Updater'
- In the FeatureComponents table, drop any row containing 'AUM' or 'Updater'
- In the File table, drop any row containing 'AdobeUpdater' or 'Adobe_Updater'
- In the ModuleComponents table, drop any row containing 'AdobeUpdater' or 'Adobe_Updater'
- In the MsiFileHash table, drop any row containing 'AdobeUpdater'
- In the Registry table, drop any row containing 'Adobe_Updater'
- In the Registry table, drop the row containing 'Registry838'
- In the Shortcut table, drop the row containing 'SC_READER_DT'
- In the Property table, set the value for SYNCHRONIZER to YES
- In the Property table, set the value for EULA_ACCEPT to YES

Also in the Property table, you could set the value of DISABLE_BROWSER_INTEGRATION to YES, to prevent Reader from opening within the browser. This would be beneficial in Terminal Server environments. When a PDF file is opened within the browser and the user then browses to a different page, the Reader components are stay in memory until the browser is closed.

Save the new MSI.

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I then...

- copied the new distribution folder to our file server
- created an AD Security group called "Acrobat Reader 9 Endpoints"
- created a new GPO called "Acrobat Reader 9 Install" linked to the Computers OU
- Allowed Authenticated Users access to the GPO
- Edited the GPO to add the new software package, pointing to the AcroRead.msi file.
- Set it as assigned and uninstall when it falls out of scope.

Our old Adobe Reader 8.12 is now auto-uninstalling on reboot, and Adobe Reader 9 is installing in it's place.
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Command Line
To extract the MSI file from the exe use the following from the directory where the exe resides:

AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe -nos_ne

This will extract the msi and cab files to the following location:

%Userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Setup Files\READER9
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Command Line
Silent Install

Run Parameters: /sAll /rs /l /msi /qb- /norestart
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To download the Acrobat Reader 9 install file without the Adobe Air or the Acrobat.com installers use the following ftp site.

ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/9.x/9.0/enu/

Download AdbeRdr90_en_US_Std.exe

If you install 9.x, you can get the extracted files from c:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Setup Files
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A lot of the settings for this are common across older versions of Acrobat Reader.

Property Table:

EULA_ACCEPT=YES (This disables the EULA dialog)
SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES (this keeps it from launching immediately after install)
AgreeToLicense=Yes Disable license popup on first launch
ENABLE_CACHE_FILES=No Disable copying distribution source files


Feature Table:

Set Install Level to 99 for:
AUM
Updater
This stops the updater from installing.

Registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AdobeViewer
"EULA"=dword:00000001
"Launched"=dword:00000001
Accepts the EULA.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader 9
"OptIn"=dword:00000000
Stops the "Experience Improvement Wizard".

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AVGeneral
"bCheckForUpdatesAtStartup"=dword:00000000
Stops Acrobat Reader checking for updates at startup

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Originals
"bDisplayedSplash"=dword:00000001
Stops the splash screen from displaying.

I also deleted the application shortcuts for the Desktop and Start Menu.
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Command Line
The following command will install Adobe Reader 9 silently, suppressing the restart, accepting the end user license agreement and lastly it suppresses the launch of adobe reader 9 once complete.

AdbeRdr90_en_US_Std.exe /sAll /rs /l /msi"/qb-! /norestart ALLUSERS=1 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES"

Via a deployment tool I also use the following command to delete the registry startup for the speed launcher;
regdelete "[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]" "Adobe Reader Speed Launcher"

User f4jock from the forum also contributed;

AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe /msi /norestart /quiet
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Command Line
Typing: "AdbeRdr90_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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Extracting the MSI

Expand the Nosso-compressed package


Expand the Nosso-compressed file using the following from either the Run dialog or DOS command window:

<path to>\AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe <switches>

For example, the following command specifies that no files are to be executed after the expansion or installation, and the resulting files are to be placed in a folder named "Reader9":

<path to>\AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe -nos_o"Reader9" -nos_ne

where the switch "-nos_ne" specifies to not execute any file after installation, and "Reader9" is an example of a folder name for where to put the output files. It is best if you do not use an existing directory, and do not leave any spaces after "-nos_o".

A list of all command line switches for use in expanding the Nosso-compressed package is shown in Appendix A. If you are not using the U.S. English version of Reader, you must substitute the appropriate locale code for "en_US". A list of all locale codes is shown in Appendix D

Taken from the "Deploying Reader 9" guide (http://www.adobe.com/devnet/acrobat/pdfs/deploying_reader9.pdf?devcon=f3)
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For those who wish to remove the Improvement Program wizard on a per-computer basis:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown]
"bUsageMeasurement"=dword:00000000
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HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AdobeViewer
"EULA"=dword:00000001
"Launched"=dword:00000001
Accepts the EULA

Without the above, the application will still prompt for the EULA on first launch.
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To disable the "Collaborate" feature which has a bunch of links to Adobe.Com, add the following key:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Workflows]
"bEnableAcrobatHS"=dword:00000000
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During uninstallation, Adobe Reader 9.0.0 doesn't remove shortcuts from the Desktop or the Recent Applications list on the Start Menu, so you'll have to do this manually.

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The Adobe Reader 9 installation process does not uninstall Adobe Reader 7.x or 8.x, so you will have to handle this yourself.

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Command Line
For Reader 9 9.0.0 I used the following...

Run Parameters: /sAll /rs
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The following is an ADMX for managing settings from Windows Server 2008. The second section is the ADML (en-US). ADMX files are the Administrative Templates for Group Policy on Server 2008 and Vista. This was written with the FullArmor ADMX Editor. Hope this helps someone.

ADMX:
<policyDefinitions revision="1.0" schemaVersion="1.0">
<policyNamespaces>
<target prefix="fullarmor" namespace="FullArmor.Policies.126438B0_4D42_4BAE_9CD2_2CE6DF2B1ED5" />
<using prefix="windows" namespace="Microsoft.Policies.Windows" />
</policyNamespaces>
<supersededAdm fileName="" />
<resources minRequiredRevision="1.0" />
<supportedOn>
<definitions>
<definition name="TS_SUPPORTED_WindowsXP" displayName="$(string.TS_SUPPORTED_WindowsXP)" />
<definition name="SUPPORTED_WindowsXP_Or_Vista" displayName="$(string.SUPPORTED_WindowsXP_Or_Vista)" />
</definitions>
</supportedOn>
<categories>
<category name="CAT_47783372_D4DF_4138_957C_D20DA11C5881" displayName="$(string.CAT_47783372_D4DF_4138_957C_D20DA11C5881)" />
</categories>
<policies>
<policy name="POL_D071312C_60DE_4879_B280_051ABF6F7D15" class="User" displayName="$(string.POL_D071312C_60DE_4879_B280_051ABF6F7D15)" explainText="$(string.POL_D071312C_60DE_4879_B280_051ABF6F7D15_Help)" key="SOFTWARE\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader 9" valueName="OptIn">
<parentCategory ref="CAT_47783372_D4DF_4138_957C_D20DA11C5881" />
<supportedOn ref="SUPPORTED_WindowsXP_Or_Vista" />
<enabledList>
<item key="SOFTWARE\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader 9" valueName="OptIn">
<value>
<decimal value="0" />
</value>
</item>
</enabledList>
<disabledList>
<item key="SOFTWARE\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader 9" valueName="OptIn">
<value>
<decimal value="1" />
</value>
</item>
</disabledList>
</policy>
<policy name="POL_9AFF9D82_05B6_45D6_9F1F_7D9CF9909BBA" class="User" displayName="$(string.POL_9AFF9D82_05B6_45D6_9F1F_7D9CF9909BBA)" explainText="$(string.POL_9AFF9D82_05B6_45D6_9F1F_7D9CF9909BBA_Help)" key="SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AVGeneral" valueName="bCheckForUpdatesAtStartup">
<parentCategory ref="CAT_47783372_D4DF_4138_957C_D20DA11C5881" />
<supportedOn ref="SUPPORTED_WindowsXP_Or_Vista" />
<enabledList>
<item key="SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AVGeneral" valueName="bCheckForUpdatesAtStartup">
<value>
<decimal value="0" />
</value>
</item>
</enabledList>
<disabledList>
<item key="SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AVGeneral" valueName="bCheckForUpdatesAtStartup">
<value>
<decimal value="1" />
</value>
</item>
</disabledList>
</policy>
<policy name="POL_64B4E469_319E_4FDA_ACB0_A63B87DFC91F" class="User" displayName="$(string.POL_64B4E469_319E_4FDA_ACB0_A63B87DFC91F)" explainText="$(string.POL_64B4E469_319E_4FDA_ACB0_A63B87DFC91F_Help)" key="SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Originals" valueName="bDisplayedSplash">
<parentCategory ref="CAT_47783372_D4DF_4138_957C_D20DA11C5881" />
<supportedOn ref="SUPPORTED_WindowsXP_Or_Vista" />
<enabledList>
<item key="SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Originals" valueName="bDisplayedSplash">
<value>
<decimal value="1" />
</value>
</item>
</enabledList>
<disabledList>
<item key="SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Originals" valueName="bDisplayedSplash">
<value>
<decimal value="0" />
</value>
</item>
</disabledList>
</policy>
</policies>
</policyDefinitions>

ADML:
<policyDefinitionResources revision="1.0" schemaVersion="1.0">
<displayName>
</displayName>
<description>
</description>
<resources>
<stringTable>
<string id="CAT_47783372_D4DF_4138_957C_D20DA11C5881">Adobe Reader 9</string>
<string id="POL_D071312C_60DE_4879_B280_051ABF6F7D15">Stops the "Experience Improvement Wizard"</string>
<string id="POL_D071312C_60DE_4879_B280_051ABF6F7D15_Help">This Policy Setting disables the new "Customer Improvement" offer in Adobe Reader 9</string>
<string id="POL_9AFF9D82_05B6_45D6_9F1F_7D9CF9909BBA">Stop Acrobat Reader checking for updates at startup</string>
<string id="POL_9AFF9D82_05B6_45D6_9F1F_7D9CF9909BBA_Help">Stop checking for updates on application startup.</string>
<string id="TS_SUPPORTED_WindowsXP">At least Microsoft Windows XP</string>
<string id="SUPPORTED_WindowsXP_Or_Vista">Microsoft Windows XP or at least Microsoft Windows Vista</string>
<string id="POL_64B4E469_319E_4FDA_ACB0_A63B87DFC91F">Stops the splash screen from displaying</string>
<string id="POL_64B4E469_319E_4FDA_ACB0_A63B87DFC91F_Help">Stop the Startup Splash screen from showing.</string>
</stringTable>
</resources>
</policyDefinitionResources>
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Command Line
Complete command line, no EULA:

AdbeRdr90_en_US_Std.exe /sAll /rs /l /msi /qb- /norestart EULA_ACCEPT=YES

Get the standard version (without Adobe.com and Adobe Air) here: ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/9.x/9.0/enu
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---==== Adobe Reader 9.1 ====---

Most of the information that has been recorded in here for Adobe Reader 8.x and 9.0 is relevant to 9.1.

HOWEVER Adobe have pulled a fast one with the standard download "AdbeRdr910_en_US_Std.exe". Once this .exe is extracted, there is only one msi. The Adobe AIR and Acrobat.com installers are embedded into the binaries of the msi.

If you go to here:
ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/9.x/9.1/enu/
you can download the file "AdbeRdr910_en_US.exe".

The difference between these installations is that the latter one "AdbeRdr910_en_US.exe" does not contain the AIR and Acrobat.com installations.

Once the msi's are extracted from each of the two .exe's (both msi's are called AcroRead.msi), the one from AdbeRdr910_en_US_Std.exe is 20.1 MB and the one from AdbeRdr910_en_US.exe is 3.78 MB only.

IF for some reason you DO want to install the one with AIR and Acrobat.com:
1: be careful: the AIR installed is 1.5.0 - this is a vulnerable version and 1.5.1 is already available.
2: Set properties AIR_SHARE_DESKTOP_SHORTCUT and AIR_SHARE_PROGRAM_MENU to 0 (zero) or 1 (default) to control Start menu and Desktop icons for Acrobat.com.
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****The Simplest Way to Install Adobe Reader 9.x Silent with any/all incremental patches and suppress undesirable options****

Whilst not a repost, this information exists but this is perhaps an amalgamation of details provided in a 3 Step simple format

1. Creating An Admin Install Point

Extract the setup files by running the downloaded setup.exe (or equivalent) and browsing to the following location to extract
the install files:

C:\Documents & Settings\<Profile>\Local Settings\Temp\..
or
C:\Documents & Settins\<Profile\Local Settings\Adobe\Reader\Setup (might be slightly different - changed with v9.1.2)

Copy all these files to a local folder.

Also copy all Adobe patch files (x.msp) to the same install directory.

Using the extracted files, create an Admin install for the base version using the following command.

Msiexec /a "pathtomsi"

The install window will ask for a "network location" - point the path at C:\NewFolder and click install.

This will now create a full admin install over which you can apply the patch files.

2. Integrating Incremental Patch Files (.msp) to the Admin Install

Once the admin install is created, copy all patch files to C:\NewFolder and run the following command to execute the first integration.

Msiexec /a C:\NewFolder\AcroRead.msi /p C:\NewFolder\adobepatch.msp /qb

Accept the defaults for install (should be the same C:\NewFolder location) and finish.

Repeat this step as required with incremental patch files.

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NOTE - Currently (June 19 2009 - 9.1.2 will not update over the top of the 9.1.1 update to the base admin install. There are some theories here - http://forums.adobe.com/message/2035375;jsessionid=D99CBE325A328792C98FA148076EADBE.node0

However - missing out the 9.1.1 and going straight to 9.1.2 does work. Looking at the sizes of the patches, 9.1.1 is 2mb and 9.1.2 is 6mb, so it is possible 9.1.2 contains the 9.1.1 patch anyway.

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Finally - Copy the following 2 files to the C:\NewFolder location:

Abcpy.ini
Setup.ini

3. Customising the Main install .msi to generate a transform file

Download and install the Adobe Install Tuner/Customisaton Wizard -
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3993

Once installed - File - Open Package and point at the C:\NewFolder\AcroRead.msi.

Run down the options on the left hand side and make adjustments in the right hand side window.
You will want most likely to:

*Make Acrobat the Default If Installed
*Run the install silently
*Suppress reboot
*Suppress the EULA
*Hide the Document Message bar
*Disable All Updates
*Disable Help>Purchase Adobe Acrobat
*Disable Help>Digital Editions
*Disable Product Improvement Program
*Disable Viewing of PDF with Ads
*Display PDF in Browser - Disable and Lock (depending on your requirements)
*Disable all Acrobat.com access

Choose your required options and choose File - Save Package.

You can now install the entire package silently with one standard command line:

Msiexec /I "C:\NewFolder\AcroRead.msi" transforms="C:\NewFolder\AcroRead.mst" /qn

Substitute with your install methodology for msi deployment (and supporting files) and Roberts your Fathers brother.
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Mission:
Create a Reader 9 Multilanguage Package with Adobe Customization Wizard

Solution:

1. Expand the Nosso Installer with the following commanline:
AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe -nos_o"Reader9Install" -nos_ne

2. Download the Non-English Installers of your need and expand them in the same way as described above

3. Install one localized Version in a VM and search the Programfolder for the language Files (e. g. for German the file extension is DEU). Backup the language files an make sure to keep the directory structure

4. Reset your VM and repeat Step 3 for each localized setup

5. Open the AcroRead.msi of the US Version with the Customization Wizard

6. Go to the Files and Folders Section and import the language Files to the appropriate Folders

7. To set Reader automatically to the OS Language go to the Registry Section and add the following Key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Language\UseMui

Note: You also have to create a dummy Value, inside that Key, otherwise CW will not recognize your change.

Now you have a selfmade multilanguage Package, which automatically follows the OS language (or OS MUI language), if the appropriate language files are installed.


For detailed Information about enterprise deployment see:
www.adobe.com/devnet/acrobat/pdfs/deploying_reader9.pdf
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While the /sAll is good for push methodology, /sPB provides a friendly pull methodology version (user knows when it is started and when it's complete)

AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe /sPB /rs /msi /qb /norestart EULA_ACCEPT=YES
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---==== Adobe Reader 9.1 ====---

Most of the information that has been recorded in here for Adobe Reader 8.x and 9.0 is relevant to 9.1.

HOWEVER Adobe have pulled a fast one with the standard download "AdbeRdr910_en_US_Std.exe". Once this .exe is extracted, there is only one msi. The Adobe AIR and Acrobat.com installers are embedded into the binaries of the msi.

If you go to here:
ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/9.x/9.1/enu/
you can download the file "AdbeRdr910_en_US.exe".

The difference between these installations is that the latter one "AdbeRdr910_en_US.exe" does not contain the AIR and Acrobat.com installations.

Once the msi's are extracted from each of the two .exe's (both msi's are called AcroRead.msi), the one from AdbeRdr910_en_US_Std.exe is 20.1 MB and the one from AdbeRdr910_en_US.exe is 3.78 MB only.

IF for some reason you DO want to install the one with AIR and Acrobat.com:
1: be careful: the AIR installed is 1.5.0 - this is a vulnerable version and 1.5.1 is already available.
2: Set properties AIR_SHARE_DESKTOP_SHORTCUT and AIR_SHARE_PROGRAM_MENU to 0 (zero) or 1 (default) to control Start menu and Desktop icons for Acrobat.com.
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in order integrate the 9.1.2 update into your installation, download ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/9.x/9.1.2/misc/AdbeRdrUpd912_all_incr.msp and save it in the same folder as you install files, then add the line PATCH=AdbeRdrUpd912_all_incr.msp to the [Product] section of the setup.ini. the update will be applied automatically during the setup process.

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Acrobat Reader 9.1
The installation files for Acrobat Reader 9.1 apparently always include Adobe AIR.

To suppress the installation of AIR set the property
DISABLE_AIR_SHARE=1
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Something I've run in to at my past two assignments is a previous implementation of Adobe Reader 9x is deployed with Browser Integration turned on but toggling Browser Integration off is required for another application to work properly with Adobe Reader.

If Adobe Reader 9 is already deployed and a subsequent deployment requires disabling Browser Integration you can uninstall the feature from the command line:

msiexec /i {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A91000000001} REMOVE=ReaderBrowserIntegration /q

if you want to put Browser Integration back you can use ADDLOCAL like this:

msiexec /i {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A91000000001} ADDLOCAL=ReaderBrowserIntegration /q
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Just a note about the Customization Wizard.
In the Installation Options section, you can set the default viewer for PDF files. There are three options:

A - Install will decide which product is the default.

B - Make Acrobat the defualt if both Acrobat and Reader are installed.

C - Make Reader the default if both Acrobat and Reader are installed.

If you choose option B, it MAY break the browser integration on a machine which does not have Acrobat installed.
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I was able to install from a batch file with the following:

-begin-
AdbeRdr920_en_US.exe /sAll /rs /l /msi"/qb /norestart ALLUSERS=1 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES"

reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run /v "Adobe Reader Speed Launcher" /f

reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run /v "Adobe ARM" /f
-end-

The last 2 commands are deleting the additional registry keys placed in the automatic startup portion of the registry. I deleted them as a habit.
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CLI script to deploy Acrobat Reader v9.1, without messing with MSI:s, MST:s and other things. Deployable over AD/GPO startup script.

1. Get the full 42MB Standard-installer from "ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/9.x/9.1/enu/". This installer contain Acrobat.com and Air. Uninstall as necessary, passive uninstall strings provided below in script.

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 v9.1\AdbeRdr910_en_US_Std.exe" /sPB /rs ALLUSERS=2 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES /msi"/quiet"

echo Uninstalling Acrobat.com...
MsiExec.exe /passive /X{287ECFA4-719A-2143-A09B-D6A12DE54E40}

echo Uninstalling Adobe Air...
MsiExec.exe /passive /X{A2BCA9F1-566C-4805-97D1-7FDC93386723}

if exist "%allusersprofile%\Desktop\Adobe Reader 9.lnk" goto delete else registry

:delete
del /F /Q "%allusersprofile%\Desktop\Adobe Reader 9.lnk"

:registry
rem Add Lockdown-settings
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bUpdater /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bShowEbookMenu /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bPurchaseAcro /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bCreatePDFOnline /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bBrowserIntegration /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AdobeViewer" /v EULA /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AdobeViewer" /v Launched /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Downtown" /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Downtown" /v bDontShowAtLaunch /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\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 v9.1 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. I'm unsure about this though, as Adobe seems to have included Air and Acrobat.com in the standard installer. Who know what else they did to the package.

Tested and deemed ok on WinXP SP3. Probably works on Win2k, WinXP x64 and Win2k3 as well.

This script compiled from info that others have contributed on appdeploy.com. Thx guys!
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Command Line
To install the 9.1.1 update at the same time as 9.1, use the following command:

set MSINAME=AdobeReader
set MSIVER=9.1.0

start /w msiexec /i %WINDIR%\installer\%MSINAME%\%MSIVER%\AcroRead.msi TRANSFORMS=%WINDIR%\installer\%MSINAME%\%MSIVER%\AcroRead.mst /update WINDIR%\installer\%MSINAME%\%MSIVER%\AdbeRdrUpd911_all_incr.msp ALLUSERS=2 DISABLE_CACHE=1 DISABLE_BROWSER_INTEGRATION=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn /Liv c:\temp\%MSINAME%.log
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In my organization we were trying to deploy Adobe Reader 9 as an upgrade to Adobe Reader 8 via Group Policy. However, Adobe Reader 8 would never successfully uninstall, giving an obnoxious Updater.api_NON_OPT error. I used InstaEdit to remove two CustomActions with a source of Updater.api_NON_OPT in the Adobe Reader 8 MSI still in our deployment share. Then when the clients went to uninstall version 8, they went back to the updated MSI in the deployment share, ignored the updater NON_OPT stuff, and uninstalled successfully.

The other problem I had was that viewing PDF's in web pages ceased to work after the upgrade, giving me an obnoxious error, giving me the error "the adobe acrobat reader that is running cannot be used to view pdf files in a web browser".

The fix for this (found on the adobe forums) was to add a registry entry in the Adobe Customization Wizard --
HKLM\Software\Classes\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat\Exe
(you'll have to add all of these as keys).
Then, set the Default value in the Exe key to "[READER]AcroRd32.exe" (include the quotes).

Hope this helps someone, as this was a nightmare here.
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Command Line
download installation files from:
ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/
(25Mb version is without adobe.com & Adobe Air)

extract installation files:
AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe -nos_ne

installation files are located on:
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Reader 9.1\Setup Files

download Adobe Customization wizard to edit package:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3993

add following line to setup.ini [product] to install the latest adobe patches:
PATCH=AdbeRdrUpd911_all_incr.msp;AdbeRdrUpd912_all_incr.msp;AdbeRdrUpd913_all_incr.msp

install software by run setup.exe
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Virtualization
Make sure you install Visual C++ Runtime 2005 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=32BC1BEE-A3F9-4C13-9C99-220B62A191EE&displaylang=en) on the machine first. Obviously the clients should have this (unvirtualized) package as well!

If you choose not to install this Visual C++ Runtime 2005 package, you will be shown an error like "CoreDLL not found!"

This finding is based on Softgrid Sequencer 4.2
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If you would like to customize the toolbar to show options like 'Save, Search and Email', you can use the Adobe Customization Wizard and add the following REG_SZ settings to the registry.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AVGeneral\cToolbars\cFile\cInternalButtons]
"a1"="Print"
"a7"="AcroHLS:Prev"
"a0"="Open"
"a6"="endDialogGroup"
"a5"="AcroSendMail:SendMail"
"a8"="AcroHLS:Next"
"a3"="SaveFileAs"
"a2"="Save"
"a4"="FindDialog"
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If you install Adobe 9 Acrobat Reader on Windows Vista on a domain and use roaming profiles for users, be it mandatory or not, Acrobat Reader maybe crashes and will not run. It gives errors in modules annots.api and also msvc80.dll.

Problemsignatur:
Problemereignisname: APPCRASH
Anwendungsname: AcroRd32.exe
Anwendungsversion: 9.0.0.332
Anwendungszeitstempel: 4850f0a3
Fehlermodulname: Annots.api
Fehlermodulversion: 9.0.0.332
Fehlermodulzeitstempel: 4850e57f
Ausnahmecode: c0000005
Ausnahmeoffset: 001bd9e0
Betriebsystemversion: 6.0.6001.2.1.0.16.7
Gebietsschema-ID: 1031
Zusatzinformation 1: 1efc
Zusatzinformation 2: f6ebf554ab90ad211aff44c6ade8e823
Zusatzinformation 3: 01df
Zusatzinformation 4: fd706458e166b45c4d4f53956965ba72


Solution:
Be sure that the folder "C:\Users\%Username%\AppData\LocalLow" exist. If the folder not exit create the LocalLow Folder!
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To opt out of the program for your users, you can do this via GPO. The key is :

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader 9]
“OptIn”=dword:00000000

Here's the section from an adm file:

CLASS USER
CATEGORY Custom Policies
CATEGORY "Adobe Reader 9"

CATEGORY "Adobe Product Improvement Program"

POLICY "Opt out of the Adobe Product Improvement Program"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader 9"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainNoAIP
VALUENAME "OptIn"
VALUEON NUMERIC 0
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
END POLICY

END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY

[strings]
ExplainNoAIP="To opt out of the Adobe Product Improvement Program, enable this policy. Disabling the policy will force the client to opt in.\n\nWhen the policy is enabled, the following key will be set:\n\n"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader 9"\n"Optin"=dword:00000001"

As this key doesn't reside within the Policies structure, you'll need to turn filtering off so you can see the settings that can't be fully managed by Group Policy.
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If you find that even after using the Adobe Customization Wizard to clean-up the Adobe Reader 9.1 MSI that the stupid Adobe Air shortcuts show up, there is a way to stop it. You'll find that the Reader installer kicks off another installer to make these shortcuts. Luckily they did include logic in the installer, so you can open the MSI in Orca, grab your Adobe Customization Wizard MST file and apply it to your MSI, create a new property of "DISABLE_AIR_SHARE" with a value of "Yes" in the property table of the MSI or your MST, close and save the transform and you got yourself a clean installer again.

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Adobe started to provide Updates over a new Mechanism. To disable AutoUpdate you have to delete Adobe ARM from Autostart:

Delete following String:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Adobe ARM'
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Command Line
For patch 9.3.3 I found I had to create an Admin Point:

msiexec /a [path]\AcroRead.msi

Then slipstream the 9.3.2 patch, and finally slipstream the 9.3.3 patch.

msiexec /a [path]\AcroRead.msi /p [path]\AdbeRdrUpd933_all_incr.msp

Slipstraming 9.3.3 directly into the 9.3.0 msi would not work for me.
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We have ACT 9 (adobe customization tool 9) tool which is an msi embedded within the Adobe Reader 9. Extract the same from c:\windows\installer or you can also download the Setup.exe from adobe. We can customize and generate transforms using ACT 9 tool.

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Command Line
Deployscript for the 9.1.1 patch using a GPO startup script will only patch a installed 9.1.0.

Change WPATH to where the patch is located in your environment.

The last line GOTO EOF is to avoid the Windows logon appearing before the installation is complete.

Tested on XPSP3 only.

@Echo off
:: Script by Nobrell
:: Install Adobe Acrobat 9.1.1 Patch
:: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb09-06.html
:: v1.0 20090514

SET WPATH=\\PathToInstall\Reader\v911
:: Get installed Version
:: delims is a TAB followed by a space
FOR /F "TOKENS=3 DELIMS= " %%A IN ('REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A91000000001}" /v DisplayVersion') DO (SET AAR_VER=%%A)

IF %AAR_VER%==9.1.0 %WPATH%AdbeRdrUpd911_all_incr.msp /QB!
GOTO EOF

:EOF
:: End of script
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Command Line
To extract the msi files to the directory Reader920 in the current directory use this command. No need to hunt to find the files.

adbeRdr920_en_us.exe -nos_o"Reader920" -nos_ne

(Thanks to anyoneis in the messageboards for this information)
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Command Line
Adobe have released 9.3.1, to update your Admin install from 9.3 to 9.3.1 run the command:

msiexec /a AcroRead.msi /p AdbeRdrUpd931_all_incr.msp

A full guide for the upgrade (and the deployment in general available here: Depoy Adobe Reader
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To opt out of the program for your users, you can do this via GPO. The key is :

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader 9]
“OptIn”=dword:00000000

Here's the section from an adm file:

CLASS USER
CATEGORY Custom Policies
CATEGORY "Adobe Reader 9"

CATEGORY "Adobe Product Improvement Program"

POLICY "Opt out of the Adobe Product Improvement Program"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader 9"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainNoAIP
VALUENAME "OptIn"
VALUEON NUMERIC 0
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
END POLICY

END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY

[strings]
ExplainNoAIP="To opt out of the Adobe Product Improvement Program, enable this policy. Disabling the policy will force the client to opt in.\n\nWhen the policy is enabled, the following key will be set:\n\n"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader 9"\n"Optin"=dword:00000001"

As this key doesn't reside within the Policies structure, you'll need to turn filtering off so you can see the settings that can't be fully managed by Group Policy.
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Command Line
For Reader 9.3 9.3.0 I used the following...

Run Parameters: /I /qn /i
Full Command Line: msiexec.exe /i "adberdr930_en_us.msi" /qn
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For the "Adobe Reader Display In Browser" issue that has been plaguing many people out there, we have been pounding on Adobe to get a solution. After months, we finally did.

First off, you must use this on v9.2 or higher, it didn't work in v9.1.2.

Next, this following text is the instructions received from Adobe Tech Support. I condensed all of this into command lines in a script. The full script would first delete any older v9.x installation, then it would run these, THEN I would silently install the "clean MSI" (not the public one off the Web). So far, 100% success in our testing using roughly 500 machines and zero failure. If anything comes up when we fully deploy it, I will post more info.

Oh, and the MSI is configured by a MST that is specifically built by the free Adobe tool of "Adobe Customization Wizard 9". If you use Adminstudio to create the MST, it doesn't work, and Adobe Tech Support won't support it.

Good luck. Now, here's the instructions for prepping the machine.

4. Open Task Manager
5. Choose File > New Task.
6. Under Open, type cmd and click OK.
7. Minimize the Task Manager.
8. Type cd "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX" and press Enter.
9. Type del AcroIEHelper.dll and press Enter.
10. Type del AcroPDF.dll and press Enter.
11. Type del pdfshell.dll and press Enter.
12. Type exit and press Enter.
13. Maximize the Task Manager.
14. In Task Manager, choose File > New Task.
15. Type explorer.exe and click OK. (Your desktop should reappear.)
16. Exit the Task Manager.
View an Adobe Captivate demo of this procedure.
Remove remaining folders and files for Adobe Reader 8.0
Back up any personal files you want to save from the following directories, and then remove the listed folders and files:
Program Files\Adobe\
• Acrobat 8.0
Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\
• Acrobat
Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Adobe\
• Acrobat
Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\
• Acrobat
Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\
• Adobe Reader 8.lnk
Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\
• Adobe Reader 8.lnk
Program Files\ Start Menu\Programs \
• nppdf32.dll
Program Files\Netscape\Netscape Browser\plugins\
• nppdf32.dll
Remove remaining registry entries for Adobe Reader 8.0
Remove the application registry keys from the registry, if they are available.
Note: You must be logged into the computer as an Administrator to modify your registry.
Disclaimer: This procedure involves editing the Windows registry. Adobe doesn't support editing the registry, which contains critical system and application information. For information on the Windows Registry Editor, see the documentation for Windows or contact Microsoft Technical Support. You may not have all of these files.
Important: Make a backup copy of the registry before you edit it.
1. Choose Start > Run, and type regedit in the Open text box; click OK.
2. Navigate to one of the registry keys listed below and select it in the left panel; it will appear in the registry editor as a folder.
3. Choose Edit > Delete. Click Yes in the Confirm Key Delete dialog box.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 as needed for any remaining registry entries.
Remove the following registry entries
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Reader
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adobe\Adobe Reader
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adobe\Repair\Adobe Reader
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\68AB67CA7DA73301B7448A0000000020
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A80000000002}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\68AB67CA7DA73301B7448A0000000020
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Features\68AB67CA7DA73301B7448A0000000020
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{358E6F10-DE8A-4602-8424-179CA217F8EE}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{9C6A861C-B233-4994-AFB1-C158EE4FC578}
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A bug that I am facing right now is the fact that if you redirect your application data folder, Adobe Reader will more than often crash on opening with a MS Visual C++ Runtime Error. After reading about it on the adobe website there is no current fix for it and only a work around that is not suitable for all environments...

Its not an issue if the users have elevated rights.

http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb404597
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Note

I have found that the executable from the ftp site (with "STD" in the name) does contain Adobe Air and Adobe.com. It's the MSI in the ftp directory that does not contain Adobe Air or Adobe.com.

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If you want to just use the exe file. This is for version 10.

"adberdr1013_en_us.exe" /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES /qn

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Command Line
For Reader 9.1.3 I used the following...

Full Command Line: msiexec.exe /p adberdrupd913_all_incr.msp REINSTALL=ALL REINSTALLMODE=vomus /quiet /norestart
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For the "Adobe Reader Display In Browser" issue that has been plaguing many people out there, we have been pounding on Adobe to get a solution. After months, we finally did.

First off, you must use this on v9.2 or higher, it didn't work in v9.1.2.

Next, this following text is the instructions received from Adobe Tech Support. I condensed all of this into command lines in a script. The full script would first delete any older v9.x installation, then it would run these, THEN I would silently install the "clean MSI" (not the public one off the Web). So far, 100% success in our testing using roughly 500 machines and zero failure. If anything comes up when we fully deploy it, I will post more info.

Oh, and the MSI is configured by a MST that is specifically built by the free Adobe tool of "Adobe Customization Wizard 9". If you use Adminstudio to create the MST, it doesn't work, and Adobe Tech Support won't support it.

Good luck. Now, here's the instructions for prepping the machine.

4. Open Task Manager
5. Choose File > New Task.
6. Under Open, type cmd and click OK.
7. Minimize the Task Manager.
8. Type cd "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX" and press Enter.
9. Type del AcroIEHelper.dll and press Enter.
10. Type del AcroPDF.dll and press Enter.
11. Type del pdfshell.dll and press Enter.
12. Type exit and press Enter.
13. Maximize the Task Manager.
14. In Task Manager, choose File > New Task.
15. Type explorer.exe and click OK. (Your desktop should reappear.)
16. Exit the Task Manager.
View an Adobe Captivate demo of this procedure.
Remove remaining folders and files for Adobe Reader 8.0
Back up any personal files you want to save from the following directories, and then remove the listed folders and files:
Program Files\Adobe\
• Acrobat 8.0
Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\
• Acrobat
Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Adobe\
• Acrobat
Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\
• Acrobat
Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\
• Adobe Reader 8.lnk
Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\
• Adobe Reader 8.lnk
Program Files\ Start Menu\Programs \
• nppdf32.dll
Program Files\Netscape\Netscape Browser\plugins\
• nppdf32.dll
Remove remaining registry entries for Adobe Reader 8.0
Remove the application registry keys from the registry, if they are available.
Note: You must be logged into the computer as an Administrator to modify your registry.
Disclaimer: This procedure involves editing the Windows registry. Adobe doesn't support editing the registry, which contains critical system and application information. For information on the Windows Registry Editor, see the documentation for Windows or contact Microsoft Technical Support. You may not have all of these files.
Important: Make a backup copy of the registry before you edit it.
1. Choose Start > Run, and type regedit in the Open text box; click OK.
2. Navigate to one of the registry keys listed below and select it in the left panel; it will appear in the registry editor as a folder.
3. Choose Edit > Delete. Click Yes in the Confirm Key Delete dialog box.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 as needed for any remaining registry entries.
Remove the following registry entries
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Reader
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adobe\Adobe Reader
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adobe\Repair\Adobe Reader
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\68AB67CA7DA73301B7448A0000000020
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A80000000002}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\68AB67CA7DA73301B7448A0000000020
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Features\68AB67CA7DA73301B7448A0000000020
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{358E6F10-DE8A-4602-8424-179CA217F8EE}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{9C6A861C-B233-4994-AFB1-C158EE4FC578}
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Note
To update MSI with MSP file, and apply Customization directly to the MSI:

1) Install Adobe Customization Wizard 9.0.
2) Install Orca.
3) Apply Patch to MSI file using the following from a Command Prompt: Msiexec /A MSIFile.msi /P MSPFile.msp.
4) Create a blank Setup.ini, and place in same location as MSI.
5) Open MSI in ACW 9.0 and customize as required. Save and quit, an MST will be generated in the same location.
6) Open MSI in Orca, apply MST File generated from ACW 9.0. Ensure "Copy embedded Streams during Save As" is ticked under Options > Database. Save MSI with applied MST as a new MSI via "Save Transformed As".

The final MSI will be patched to the latest version, and customized to your requirements.
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Stop Reader MUI 9.3 install including Adobe.com and AIR
Add

DISABLE_AIR_SHARE=YES

to your command line.
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For Reader 9.4.0 I used the following...

Run Parameters: /msi /quiet /norestart EULA_ACCEPT=YES
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Package deployment and patch chaining tips.
Collected and distilled from the Acrobat Enterprise Administration guide.

Patches must be installed in order on top of the base release.
Chaining of patches at installation time is achieved by adding them to the installation directory and editing SETUP.INI.

1. Download the base package, e.g. Reader 9.4.
2. Extract the MSI and associated files to a temporary directory.
3. Customize the MSI using the Adobe Customization Wizard.
4. Download all patches to the same location as the MSI.
5. Edit SETUP.INI and add a PATCH= line to the [Products] section. e.g. PATCH=AdbeRdrUpd941_all_incr.msp;AdbeRdrUpd942_all_incr.msp
6. Install Reader by running SETUP.EXE.

Additional patches can be added by following steps 4 & 5 above.

cheers, Paul
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To be sure that you don't have any autoupdaters enabled, you can create a custom inventory rule that checks for the registry for the presence of the disable updater entry:

RegistryValueEquals(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\FeatureLockDown,bUpdater,0)

I named the software that this rule is attached to "Reader_Update_Disabled." 

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First off, thanks to all who have posted before for sharing your information. It saved me alot of time and heartache. I've borrowed what I found useful and I thought I'd share what I've changed and hopefully someone else might find it helpful.

Some quick info about my situation:
~600 computers across a state in 60+ locations all running some version of Acrobat
T1 connections between locations so throttling has to be in place
A desire to get everyone on the same version and know my success rate using free tools

Solution: 2 batchfiles, one installer and one menu that can handle a single system(local or remote) or a list of systems

I'll post the installer script first. I've added alot of documentation to hopefully make it easier to follow.

The menu would require alot of stripping down to make it work for everyone. I might post that if I get the time.

Adobe_Acrobat_9.1_install.bat

What this does:
1. kills Acrobat if it's running
2. copies a split-up archive to the local system from a network share using ~300k of bandwidth on a T1(throttled down)
3. extracts the archive to a installer folder
4. checks for and uninstalls ANY version of Acrobat 5.x through 9.xx
5. checks for and uninstalls ANY version of Adobe Air(can disable if you want)
6. checks for and uninstalls ANY version of Adobe.com(can be disabled if you want)
7. Installs Acrobat silently
8. Sets registry to get rid of EULAs and Updater
9. Creates a local copy of the log file and a central copy of the log file

What you need:
Acrobat without Air (note: if you do want air installed, download the full version and comment out the air uninstall in the script)
ftp://ftp.adobe.com//pub/adobe/reader/win/9.x/9.0/enu/AdbeRdr90_en_US_Std.exe

7-Zip
http://www.7-zip.org/download.html
Grab both the full install and the command line version

PSTools(just pskill really)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896649.aspx

Robocopy.exe (found in Resource kit)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9D467A69-57FF-4AE7-96EE-B18C4790CFFD&displaylang=en

Steps to get ready for install
Install Resource kit
Install PSTools
Extract 7za.exe(7-zip command line version)
Install 7-zip file manager
right click on Acrobat .exe file > 7-zip > add to archive
Archive settings:
Archive:Name whatever you want, leave .7z at end of name
Archive format: leave 7z
compression level: store(.exe is already super compressed and we just want to split it into chunks)
Split to volumes, bytes: 655000 (this is just under 640k chunks and robocopy copies in 64k chunks. Using this setting allows us to recopy only a portion of the archive if we have network problems.)
Click OK

Create a share on your fileserver for the archive files
copy only the archive files to this share

Create a share on your fileserver for tools. Copy robocopy.exe, pskill.exe, and 7za.exe to this folder(I call this share "saw" in the batchfile)

Create a share for log files

Copy below code and save as Adobe_Acrobat_9.1_install.bat (or whatever)
Change variables for your setting

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

@ECHO OFF
SET error=no
::Change with each version
SET version=9.1
::Local log file location
SET local.logs=c:\logs
::Local Log name and location
SET log=%local.logs%\%computername%_Acrobat_Install_Version_%version%.log
::Central Log location
SET log.loc=\\Server\logs\Adobe\Acrobat\%version%
::Installer Name
SET installer=AdbeRdr910_en_US.exe
::Local Installer location
SET loc=c:\Support\Software\Adobe\Acrobat\%version%
IF NOT EXIST %loc% MD %loc%
::7-Zip Archive name(make sure your archive is .7z.001 at the end)
SET archive=AdbeRdr910_en_US.7z.001
::Local 7-Zip Archive location
SET archive.loc=c:\Support\Software\Adobe\Acrobat\Archive
IF NOT EXIST %archive.loc% MD %archive.loc%
::FileServer Archive Share
SET fs.loc=\\Server\Support\Packages\Adobe\Acrobat\%version%
::Fileserver Saw location
SET fs.saw=\\Server\Support\Tools
::Local Saw location(your tools include robocopy.exe, pskill.exe, 7za.exe)
SET saw=c:\tools
IF NOT EXIST %saw% MD %saw%
::Check for robocopy.exe and copy from Fileserver if needed
IF NOT EXIST %saw%\robocopy.exe copy %tools%\robocopy.exe %saw%
::Copy rest of tools from Fileserver Note /IGP:250 is a built in delay so as not to eat all the bandwidth in a location. On a T1, a 250 delay eats about 300k
%saw%\robocopy %fs.saw% %saw% /XO /R:20 /W:30 /IPG:250 /NP


ECHO %date%-%time% - Acrobat Reader Version %version% Install>%log%
::Check if local install is found and run copy if missing
IF NOT EXIST %loc%\%installer% CALL :_Copy
::If there was an error extracting the archive we can't run the install. It'll be noted in the log and the install will exit now
IF %error%==yes GOTO :_Log
::Kill Acrobat if it's running
%saw%\pskill AcroRd32.exe

::Check for older versions and uninstall
ECHO %date%-%time% - Checking for older versions of Acrobat>>%log%
CALL :_Check
CALL :_Install
CALL :_Log
GOTO :EOF

:_Copy
::Copy 7-Zip archive
ECHO %date%-%time% - Copying Acrobat Archive>>%log%
%saw%\robocopy %fs.loc% %archive.loc% /MIR /R:20 /W:30 /IPG:250 /NP /LOG+:%log%

:_extract
::Extract 7-Zip archive
%saw%\7za x %archive.loc%\%archive% -o%loc% -y>>%log%
::Check for errors on extracting
IF NOT %errorlevel%==0 Echo %date%-%time% - Error encountered extracting acrobat installer!>>%log%& SET error=yes& GOTO :EOF
GOTO :EOF

:_Check
::Create a acrobat_uninstall.txt file in case no previous versions found
ECHO none>%temp%\acrobat_uninstall.txt
::Query registry for any previous version of Acrobat
REG QUERY HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall|FIND "{AC76BA86">%temp%\acrobat_uninstall.txt
::Grab the last section of each line in %temp%\acrobat_uninstall.txt and pass to :_uninstall
FOR /F "Tokens=7 Delims=\" %%I in (%temp%\acrobat_uninstall.txt) DO CALL :_uninstall %%I

:_Check_acrobat_5.x
::Check for acrobat 5.x
IF NOT EXIST "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\NT\Uninst.isu" GOTO :_check_acrobat.com
::Uninstall Acrobat 5.0
C:\WINDOWS\ISUNINST.EXE -y -x -f"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\NT\Uninst.isu" -c"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat</span> <span style="font-family: Courier New">5.0\NT\Uninst.dll"

:_Check_acrobat.com
::UN-REM the next line if you don't want to uninstall Acrobat.com
::GOTO :_Check_adobe_air
ECHO none>%temp%\acrobat.com_uninstall.txt
REG QUERY HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall|FIND "{287ECFA4">%temp%\acrobat.com_uninstall.txt
FOR /F "Tokens=7 Delims=\" %%I in (%temp%\acrobat.com_uninstall.txt) DO CALL :_Uninstall %%I

:_Check_adobe_air
::UN-REM the next line if you don't want to uninstall Adobe Air
::GOTO :EOF
ECHO none>%temp%\adobe_air_uninstall.txt
REG QUERY HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall|FIND "{A2BCA9F1">%temp%\adobe_air_uninstall.txt
FOR /F "Tokens=7 Delims=\" %%I in (%temp%\adobe_air_uninstall.txt) DO CALL :_Uninstall %%I
::Leave this
GOTO :EOF

:_Uninstall
::If no previous versions are found the only variable will be "none" so we just need to exit
IF %1==none GOTO :EOF
::SET the GUID to uninstall
SET GUID=%1
::Echo the version to be uninstalled
ECHO .>>%log%
ECHO Version to be uninstalled>>%log%
REG QUERY HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\%GUID% /v DisplayName|FIND "DisplayName">>%log%
::Uninstall silently without reboot
msiexec /uninstall %GUID% REBOOT=SUPRESS /qn
GOTO :EOF


:_Install
::Install the new version of Acrobat
ECHO %date%-%time% - Installing Acrobat Version %version%>>%log%
%loc%\%installer% /sPB /rs ALLUSERS=2 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES /msi"/quiet"

ECHO %date%-%time% - Cleaning up install>>%log%
::Remove desktop link
IF EXIST "%allusersprofile%\Desktop\Adobe Reader 9.lnk" del /F /Q "%allusersprofile%\Desktop\Adobe Reader 9.lnk"

:_registry
::Add Lockdown-settings
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bUpdater /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bShowEbookMenu /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bPurchaseAcro /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bCreatePDFOnline /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bBrowserIntegration /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AdobeViewer" /v EULA /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AdobeViewer" /v Launched /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Downtown" /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Downtown" /v bDontShowAtLaunch /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Downtown" /v bGoOnline /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
GOTO:EOF

:_log
::Copy install log to central log file location
ECHO %date%-%time% - Install Complete>>%log%
%saw%\robocopy %local.logs% %log.loc% %computername%_Acrobat_Install_Version_%version%.log /R:5 /W:30
GOTO :EOF

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If you are working on a package which has Adobe AIR and if you want to prevent the package from installing the Adobe AIR application, remove the following custom actions from the sequence.

1. ExtractAir
2. InstallAirShare
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You can also slipstream all updates, but note that not all updates should be slipstreamed. Adobe has 2 types of updates, quarterly and security updates. Only quarterly updates should be slipstreamed. To see which updates have which type, please check http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/498/cpsid_49880.html.

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Adobe Reader 9.3.1 was causing several installs in my SCCM OSD task sequence to fail. This did not happen with Adobe Reader 8.2.0

I found that I needed to reboot after installing Reader if RIM's BlackBerry USB driver or Citrix Client 11.2 (with USB component) were installed after the Adobe product.
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For Reader 9.3 9.3.0 I used the following...

Full Command Line: MsiExec.exe /I{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A93000000001}
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In case you want to install a french version of adobe reader on Vista FR or Win 7 FR using GPO, I don't know why but you need to tick "Ingore language when deploying this package" in the advance section on the deployment tab. Otherwise the OS ignore the GPO installation. It worked for me.

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If you are attempting to apply a per user setting using the Installshield Tuner for Adobe, the registry setting should be in hku\.default user not in hkcu. We used this specific setting which applies to enabling reader markup.

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The installation of the 9.4 patch never worked for me: got always an error message saying that the product is not installed.

So I looked at the update folder in all user profile and found a full localized install package of the 9.4 version (automatically downloaded by the adobe updater v9.3 earlier).

Then run it as usual like all previous version deployment and it works like a charm.
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Virtualization

Keep in mind that in-browser pdf view doesn't work when sequenced.

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Disabling Menus and Buttons

To disable UI elements, you will first need to list all of the elements by name. To do this, save the following script as ListItems.js in %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\JavaScript.

Here’s the code you’ll need to hide those items. Copy and paste into HideItems.js, then copy into %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\JavaScripts.

//HideMenu.js
// [File - Create Adobe PDF Using Acrobat.com], plus toolbar button
app.hideMenuItem("WebServices:CreatePDF");
app.hideToolbarButton("Weblink:CreatePDF");

// [File - Collaborate], plus toolbar button
app.hideMenuItem("Annots:FileCollaboration");
app.hideToolbarButton("Annots:CollabToolButton");

// [File - Digital Editions]
app.hideMenuItem("eBook:Digital Edition Services");

// [Help - Improvement Program Options]
app.hideMenuItem("UsageMeasurement");

// [Help - Online Support], plus sub menu items
app.hideMenuItem("OnlineSupport");
app.hideMenuItem("KnowledgeBase");
app.hideMenuItem("AdobeExpertSupport");
app.hideMenuItem("AccessOnline");
app.hideMenuItem("SystemInformation");

// [Help - Repair Adobe Reader Installation]
app.hideMenuItem("DetectAndRepair");

// [Help - Check for Updates]
app.hideMenuItem("Updates");

// [Help - Purchase Adobe Acrobat]
app.hideMenuItem("Weblink:BuyAcrobat");
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After Adobe Reader 9.3.0 is installed copy the files from

Windows 7 machine
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Setup Files\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A93000000001}

This command-line to Install
MSIEXEC.EXE /package "%INST%AcroRead.msi" /passive /norestart ALLUSERS=1 EULA_ACCEPT=YES AgreeToLicense=Yes SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES

This command-line to uninstall:
Where in a batch file %INST% is set by
SET INST=%~dp0
Which is the folder the batch file is in plus a backslash
MSIEXEC /UNINSTALL "%INST%Acroread.msi" /passive

If surronded by double quotes this will work from a mapped drive or UNC location in explorer. The double quotes protect you from file names or folders with spaces in them. Thus totally portable.

The old method of using the GUID doesn't seem to work for an uninstall and no GUID key for acrobat reader 9.3.0 exists under the HKLM\Software\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall key

If you really want to install using
AdbeRdr930_en_US.exe

use this command-line;
MSIEXEC.EXE /package "%INST%AcroRead.msi" /passive /norestart ALLUSERS=1 EULA_ACCEPT=YES AgreeToLicense=Yes SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES

These worked in my environment, test in yours, but use at your own risk.
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For uninstalling Reader 9.2.0 I used the following...

Full Command Line: rm -rf "/Applications/Adobe Reader 9
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If you are using the cust. wizard and users are no longer able to use weblinks in .pdf
Find the below key and make it as it is under here. 2 keys are to be deleted.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockDown\cDefaultLaunchURLPerms]

"tSponsoredContentSchemeWhiteList"="http|https

And if you get a message when opening .pdf in your webbrowser that you need Adobe Reader 8 og 9 to read this document. set this registry key:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Software\Adobe\Acrobat\Exe]
@="\"C:\\Programfiler\\Adobe\\Reader 9.0\\Reader\\AcroRd32.exe\""

It's a known error related to how deployment tools work. The field is blanked by the tool.
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if you have a package with 9.1 msi then install all the patches (9.4 and above) up to 9.5 you will probably encounter a problem repairing the whole package.

The 9.4 patch will fail to repair because of this error:
The directory entry 'NETSCAPE_4' does not exist in the Directory table.

The Resolve this, a .msp has to be made with only the following line in the Directory Table:
NETSCAPE_4 BROWSER .

Then just apply this patch and the Repair will work fine again.

Other Solution will be to deinstall the whole 9.4 Reader Package and build a new Package just by using the 9.1MSI and the 9.5 .msp. But this will do more work done by the Software Distribution.

Cheers
Reto

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Disabling Menus and Buttons

To disable UI elements, you will first need to list all of the elements by name. To do this, save the following script as ListItems.js in %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\JavaScript.

Here’s the code you’ll need to hide those items. Copy and paste into HideItems.js, then copy into %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\JavaScripts.

//HideMenu.js
// [File - Create Adobe PDF Using Acrobat.com], plus toolbar button
app.hideMenuItem("WebServices:CreatePDF");
app.hideToolbarButton("Weblink:CreatePDF");

// [File - Collaborate], plus toolbar button
app.hideMenuItem("Annots:FileCollaboration");
app.hideToolbarButton("Annots:CollabToolButton");

// [File - Digital Editions]
app.hideMenuItem("eBook:Digital Edition Services");

// [Help - Improvement Program Options]
app.hideMenuItem("UsageMeasurement");

// [Help - Online Support], plus sub menu items
app.hideMenuItem("OnlineSupport");
app.hideMenuItem("KnowledgeBase");
app.hideMenuItem("AdobeExpertSupport");
app.hideMenuItem("AccessOnline");
app.hideMenuItem("SystemInformation");

// [Help - Repair Adobe Reader Installation]
app.hideMenuItem("DetectAndRepair");

// [Help - Check for Updates]
app.hideMenuItem("Updates");

// [Help - Purchase Adobe Acrobat]
app.hideMenuItem("Weblink:BuyAcrobat");
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This is the script I use to deploy Adobe Reader to our domain computers. I don't mess around with msi-files and such, although I use the adm-policy template another member here provided to control some settings (Thanks!), I just push it out as a mandatory package to all clients. The script also takes care of the Adobe Air and Adobe.com-problem, it uninstalls them. Some registry settings are set directly, until the Adobe Reader GPO comes into action. Change them as necessary. In order for the script not to install Acrobat over and over again, I've added a simple check; if it's already installed it will just skip ahead. As the reader may take a ling time to install, I've added the script to the shutdown-branch of the GPO. The script has been tested on WinXP SP3 and Win2k3 SP2 with no problems.

---script begin---
@echo off
c:

if exist "%ProgramFiles%\Adobe\AR920.txt" goto end else goto ADM1

:ADM1
echo.
echo Copying ADM-template if necessary...
IF NOT EXIST "%windir%\inf\AdobeAcrobatAndReader9.ADM" goto adm2

:adm2
copy "\\domain.com\dfs\MSI\Adobe Reader v9.2.0\AdobeAcrobatAndReader9.ADM" "%windir%\inf"

echo.
Echo Installing Adobe Reader v9.2.0. This may take a while. Please wait...
:install
"\\domain.com\dfs\MSI\Adobe Reader v9.2.0\AdbeRdr920_en_US.exe" /sPB /rs ALLUSERS=2 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES /msi"/quiet"

echo.
echo Deleting unnecessary crap from All Users-desktop...
if exist "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Acrobat.com.lnk" del /F /Q "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Acrobat.com.lnk"
if exist "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Adobe Reader 9.lnk" del /F /Q "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Adobe Reader 9.lnk"

echo Uninstalling more Acrobat.com-crap...
MsiExec.exe /passive /X{287ECFA4-719A-2143-A09B-D6A12DE54E40}

echo Uninstalling even more Adobe Air-crap...
MsiExec.exe /passive /X{A2BCA9F1-566C-4805-97D1-7FDC93386723}

:registry
rem Add Lockdown-settings
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bUpdater /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bShowEbookMenu /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bPurchaseAcro /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bCreatePDFOnline /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bBrowserIntegration /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AdobeViewer" /v EULA /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\AdobeViewer" /v Launched /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Downtown" /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Downtown" /v bDontShowAtLaunch /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.0\Downtown" /v bGoOnline /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

:installed_tag
"\\domain.com\dfs\MSI\robocopy" "\\domain.com\dfs\MSI\Adobe Reader v9.2.0" "%ProgramFiles%\Adobe" AR920.txt /W:5 /R:2 /ETA

:end
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We just recently downloaded version 9.3. And again Adobe has changed the entire way that reader is installed. I have to admit that maybe this is actually an install for the better. Here are the steps I used.

1. Fill out the request to distribute the product.

2. Download the enterprise install(which frankly may be the same as the regular download, have not checked.) from the following URI: http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/enterprise/.

3. Run the exe, AdbeRdr930_en_US.exe.

4. After the install completes you will find the necessary MSIs in the following directory: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Setup Files\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A93000000001}

5. Next I downloaded the Customization Wizard from: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/thankyou.jsp?ftpID=3993&fileID=3727

6. Install the Customization Wizard, CustWiz90_en_US.exe.

7. Running the Customization Wizard against the AcroRead.msi, seems to give you almost all the options discussed in the previous messages, cancel auto-update, EULA acceptance, etc. We found that in our org. we could make all the changes we needed without resorting to registry entries at all.

I can also recommend the resource: http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/acrobat/deployment.html for deployment information.
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