Adobe Reader 9.x – Extracting the MSI

Adobe Reader  allows for the viewing and printing of PDF files.

Adobe Reader is available as a free download from Adobe.  See MooreMN Downloads for links to Adobe download resources.

Example Methods for Extracting the MSI file from the Adobe Executable

Example 1
In this example the installer files are extracted to the default ‘Setup Files’ folder identified below.
AdbeRdr933_en_US.exe -nos_ne

Example 2
In this example the installer files are extracted to a sub folder of the working directory named  ‘Reader9ExtractedFiles’
AdbeRdr933_en_US.exe -nos_o./Reader9ExtractedFiles -nos_ne

Example 3
In the ‘old school’ method, you simply execute the Adobe Reader installation file as though you were doing an installation.  In versions of the reader prior to 9.3.3, when the Adobe Reader 9x setup ‘Destination Folder’ screen appears, you browsed to the folder that contains the extracted files needed for installation in the default extraction location based on OS.  As of version 9.3.3, Adobe has made the installation silent.  If you are to use this method, you can simply allow the installation to complete, then reboot the PC.  After restarting the PC, locate the files, copy them to another folder for later work with the MSI installer. Cancel the Adobe Reader 9.x setup, the default folder will be removed.  In this example the installer files are extracted to the default ‘Setup Files’ folder as shown below.

Default ‘Setup Files’ folder
XP – %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Reader 9.x\Setup Files
Vista – \Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Adobe\Reader 9.1\Setup Files
Windows 7– \Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Adobe\Reader 9.3\Setup Files

Extracting the Adobe Reader 9.1x MSI installer for deployment

Adobe Reader 9.2 – Customizing the MSI

Adobe Reader 9.1x – Patching the Base MSI File

Deploying Adobe Reader 9