I want to setup a distrution for Adobe XI, but I want to turn off updates. I do not want Adobe to run updates I want Kace to do update through patching.  Also I'm looking to do this with Java as well.

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From our very own Deployment Tips section:


1) Apply for a free license to distribute

2) Download the MSI: ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/11.x/11.0.00/en_US/


Installs Adobe Reader 11 without Automatic Updates and the annoying desktop shortcut



start /wait jre-7u9-windows-i586.exe /s /v"/norestart AUTOUPDATECHECK=0 JAVAUPDATE=0 JU=0" /L C:\JavaDeployLog.txt

REM Disable Java Update Tab and also Updates and Notifications
reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy" /v EnableJavaUpdate /t REG_DWORD /d 00000000 /f
reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy" /v NotifyDownload /t REG_DWORD /d 00000000 /f


Answered 05/06/2013 by: mpace
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  • Use the Adobe XI customization wizard, it's sexy. http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5515
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You might consider using adobe's customization tool to create your mst file and call that with all your settings you want.





you can do this through registry or during the install process


Answered 05/06/2013 by: nshah
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  • We have tried the wizard for adobe xi, but it will not let use turn off the updates in adobe reader. We would have to install the program then remote into pc and run the program and go to preference and updater and check do not download or install updates automatically. We would like to do all this from a slient install.
  • Can you find the registry key that makes that change and then use the KBOX to enforce that registry key. That would then go out to all the machines and change the value from 1 to 0. There is an enforce registry setting wizard already in the KBOX. You could do that for both adobe and java.

    I am surprised that the msi package and mst answer file won't make those changes at time of installation. Maybe it won't change the current setting with a upgraded installation?
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You may want to check out http://www.setupcommander.com/ . It makes generating transform files really easy for use with KACE software deployments.

Answered 05/06/2013 by: GeekSoldier
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  • FYI it's still in beta mode until the beginning of this month. I've had good luck with it so far. Otherwise the Adobe Reader XI customization tool works well too.
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I have tried the switches and it still have autoupdate on it. Same for Java. We are finding that we have to drill into registry to turn it off? That means we have to write a script for it?


Answered 05/07/2013 by: Kdebiasse
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Add this registry entry to the mst file to disable the autoupdate.


Answered 05/09/2013 by: kenshin288
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