How to implement a silent Installation for Adobe Reader 9

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

The above command will install Adobe Reader 9 silently, suppressing the restart, accepting the end user license agreement and suppressing the launch of adobe reader 9 once complete.

Via our BigFix 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"

Hope this is useful to people. I see that there isn't a package entry for Reader 9 as yet.

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Posted by: Rotje 12 years ago
Yellow Belt

Nice options, but Adobe has a customization wizzard.
Download it here:

The wizzard needs the acroread.msi...
If you have downloaded AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe, just start the executable... but don't install the Reader
You'll find the install files in:
C:\Documents and Settings\<your loginname>\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Reader 9.0
Copy the files to a new directory and start the cusomization wizzard.
Posted by: Arminius 9 years ago
Second Degree Green Belt
Hello PaulieD:

You'll find that the ability to uninstall using the product GUID is pretty common practice. There is an uninstall string located in the registry that will give you the uninstall for almost all software installed - this is at HKLM\software\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall.
Posted by: anonymous_9363 12 years ago
Red Belt
Hope this is useful to people. I see that there isn't a package entry for Reader 9 as yet.
It certainly will be. Since there's no entry at present, here is your chance for eternal glory: why not submit yours?
Posted by: f4jock 12 years ago
Yellow Belt
Here's another command line that works great for us:

AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe /msi /norestart /quiet
Posted by: ErinC 12 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
thanks for the suggestion VBScab, I did try submitting this yesterday but the site wouldn't take it. Done now though! [:)]
Posted by: anyoneis 11 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
I have seen a half-dozen different places one is supposed to look for the setup files after running the downloaded exe and consequently wasted a lot of time. I suspect the location varies all over the place, and I think it would be better if we standardized on the NOSSO extraction method, e.g.,

AdbeRdr910_en_US.exe -nos_o"Reader9" -nos_ne

Where "Reader9" is a new directory name to contain the setup files.

Posted by: jmcfadyen 11 years ago
5th Degree Black Belt
i guess none of you posting here other than Ian understand the idea behind the PackageKB ?

  • PackageKB is now located in Deployment Tips - Trinity 8 years ago
Posted by: anyoneis 11 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
Being a pneubé, I have been trying to figure it out. My impression is that the Package KB is for knowledge about installing packages, and the message board is for discussions which might lead to the creation or dissemination of such knowledge. But, I would be happy to be led to a better understanding of the way things work around here!
Posted by: potga9 11 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
/sAll /rs /l /msi"/qb-! /norestart ALLUSERS=1 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES"

Using these switches did not install the Adobe Reader at all, repackaging the Adobe package.
Posted by: dj_xest 11 years ago
5th Degree Black Belt
I can confirm the command lines are working. You will just need to wait about 10 to 15 minutes for the installation. You can open your Task Manager and look at the process for the Adobe reader executable. The installer is about 24+ Mb but when extracted is about 100+mb in size.
Posted by: elgwhoppo 11 years ago
Senior Purple Belt
Ended up using a transform to disable the AUM and Updater features (I hate that Adobe Updater, rawr) and update the HKCU keys so that the toolbar is uniform and doesn't have that "use acrobat.com" business on there.

My command line:
msiexec.exe /i AcroRead.msi TRANSFORMS="Adobe Reader 9.1.mst" /qn

Also wrote a script that will parse the working directory looking for .MSP files and silently apply them. This way when adobe MSP's get released in the future, all I have to do is drop them in the folder and run the script. I call this after my install.

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set objCurPath = objFSO.GetFolder(objShell.CurrentDirectory)
Set colFiles = objCurPath.Files
For Each objFile in colFiles
'If extenstion is MSP, execute patch
If UCase(objFSO.GetExtensionName(objFile)) = "MSP" Then
objShell.Run "msiexec.exe /update """+objFile+""" /qn",1,True
End If
Posted by: anonymous_9363 11 years ago
Red Belt
But, I would be happy to be led to a better understanding of the way things work around here!Each application has a 'Notes' entry, some of which you'll find contain general notes about the application as well as the packaging of it.
Posted by: M_A_D_C_A_T 10 years ago
Yellow Belt
For other people that stumble upon this forum looking for an answer - deploy adobe reader
Posted by: reds4eva 10 years ago
Second Degree Blue Belt

Yeah. Thanks for bring up this old thread. Not sure what the question is though.
Posted by: PaulieD 10 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
Apr 2010 - I grabbed Acrobat Reader's product code from: HKLM\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\(VER)\Installer\{ProductCode}

In my case, Reader version 9 had a product code of "{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A90000000001}"

I then used MSIEXEC to uninstall it silently, as such:
msiexec /x {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A90000000001} /qa

Note: change /qa to /qb if you wish to see a progress bar.
Posted by: hansraj_84 10 years ago
Yellow Belt
can we use /sAll and -nos_ne switches simultaneously while extracting adobe reader 9. I am not able to do it.
Posted by: kiptek 11 years ago
Second Degree Green Belt
...repackaging the Adobe package...

i really hope you are not serious!
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