Adobe Reader 9.2 – Customizing the MSI


Adobe Reader  allows for the viewing and printing of PDF files.  Available as a free download from Adobe, the full version of Adobe Reader 9.2x is available as both a Windows installer file (.msi) or an executable (.exe) at:
ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/9.x/9.2/enu/

See MooreMN Downloads for links to more Adobe download resources.

You can use the Adobe Customization Wizard 9 to customize the Adobe Reader MSI file and specify the default application behavior of Adobe Reader 9 prior to deployment. This is particularly useful if you will be deploying Adobe Reader to multiple systems and desire a standardized installation.  The Adobe Customization Wizard can directly edit the MSI file or create a transform file (.mst), which can be used to pass customizations to the Adobe Reader MSI file during installation.

The example will focus on a basic customization of the Adobe Reader 9.2 MSI and the generation of a transform file.
This brief walk thru will illustrate making the following customizations to the transform file:
  -  Remove the Adobe Reader desktop shortcut
  -  Suppress the End User License Agreement (EULA) for the user
  -  Disable Auto Updates
  -  Disable ad prompts
  -  Enable Reader Auto-Complete

You will first need to install the Adobe Customization Wizard 9.  To download the Customization Wizard see the link ‘Adobe Customization Wizard 9′ below.

Opening the Adobe Reader 9.2 MSI file within the Adobe Customization Wizard
Download the Adobe Reader 9.2 installer file (AdbeRdr920_en_US.msi)
Open the Adobe Customization Wizard 9
From the topline menu, select File/Open Package
Browse to and open the installer file AdbeRdr920_en_US.msi
The installer can now be customized

Customizing Adobe Reader 9.2 Options

  • Remove the Adobe Reader desktop shortcut
    From the menu options on the left, select ‘Shortcuts’
    On the right hand side, under ‘Desktop’ right click on ‘Adobe Reader 9′ , and select ‘Remove’
  • Suppress the End User License Agreement (EULA) for the user
    From the menu options on the left, select ‘EULA and Document Status’
    On the right hand side, check ‘Suppress display of End User License Agreement’
  • Disable Auto Updates
  • Disable ad prompts
    From the menu options on the left, select ‘Online and Acrobat.com Features’
    On the right hand side, check the following options:
    Disable all udates
    In Adobe Reader, disable Help > Disable Purchase Adobe Acrobat
    Disable Viewing of PDF with Ads for Adobe PDF
  • Enable Reader Auto-Complete
    From the menu options on the left, select ‘Comments and Forms’
    On the right hand side, under the Auto-Complete option, select ‘Basic’
    Check, ‘Remember numerical Data’

Generating the Adobe Reader 9.2 Transform
Note:  If you prefer to save the changes directly to the MSI, creating the Transform file is not neccesary.

After completing the neccesary customizations, from the topline menu, select Transform / Generate Transform
A ‘Save As’ window opens with the ‘Save as type’ *.mst default displayed.
Name the transform file AdbeRdr920_en_US.mst
By default the transform file is saved in the same folder as the base .msi file.
Close the Adobe Customization Wizard. You will have the option to save the  changes directly to the MSI file; having created the MST, this is redundant and not neccesary.

Installing Adobe Reader 9.2 Using the Transform File
Once a transform file has been created, you can use basic Windows Installer command-line syntax to include the transform in the execution of an installation.
For example, to perform a silent installation that incorporates the custom options of the created transform use the following command-line:
msiexec.exe /i “AdbeRdr920_en_US.msi” TRANSFORMS=”AdbeRdr920_en_US.mst” /qb-!

Notes:
For more information regarding usage of the Adobe Customization Wizard see the link ‘Adobe Customization Wizard 9′.
Other options are available thru the Windows Installer command-line.  See the link ‘Basic Windows Installer  Command-Line – V3 thru V4.5′ for additional options.

Links:
Adobe Customization Wizard 9
https://mooremn.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/adobe-customization-wizard-9

Customizing Adobe Application Through Adobe Customization Wizard 9
http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/customizing-adobe-application-through-adobe-customization-wizard-9

Deploying Adobe Reader 9
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/acrobat/pdfs/deploying_reader9.pdf

Basic Windows Installer  Command-Line – V3 thru V4.5
https://mooremn.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/windows-installer-v3-thru-v4-5-microsoft-basic-use/

AppDeploy:
http://www.appdeploy.com/packages/detail.asp?id=1328
http://www.appdeploy.com/packages/detail_pf.asp?id=1328

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