Creating Adobe reader custom install for deployment

I needed to deploy Acrobat Reader to our client PCs but with some of the settings like auto update, default pdf, shortcut and online features predefined for the users. I learned that Adobe has a great tool which makes the creation of the MST file a lot easier. But before I could use the customization wizard I needed to uncompressed the file and create an administrative install point. Below are the steps I made, hopefully it will help someone else.

  1. Download and install Adobe customization wizard ( make sure your download the version that corresponds to the version of the reader)
  2. Download Adobe acrobat from direct link
    1. for Direct link
  3. Extract the content of the downloaded file to its own folder
    1. Create folder
    2. Open the command line as administrator and enter the following command.
      AdbeRdr11009_en_US.exe -nos_o”C:\Temp\AdobeR1109\AdbeRdr11009″ -nos_ne
    3. The following should be in the extracted folder

  4. Create the Administrative install point
    1. Open CMD and navigate to C:\Temp\AdobeR1109\AdbeRdr11009 or in explorer while in the folder type CMD in the address bar and hit enter

    2. In the CMD type
      msiexec.exe /a AcroRead.msi

  5. Open the target and create a Setup.ini file.
  6. Run the customization tool. And open the MSI file to create the MST file

  7. When done from the menu click on transform and the select Generate transform. Give it a name and save it in the same location and you are done..



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