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Adobe Reader X 10.2.0, waiting for new MSI package

Apr 11, 2012 4:12 AM

I can't seem to find anything out about the next yearly update of Adobe Reader.  There are supposed to be quarterly and yearly updates for Reader, but Adobe don't seem to be sticking to the schedule.


I need the next full MSI package to come out so that I can get updates out to my office PCs, as I have never been able to get AIPs to work but I can't seem to find anything on it, even beta.

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    Apr 11, 2012 10:30 AM   in reply to Rick-pri

    For me the most important thing is to get updated with the latest patch. MSI or MSP does not matter as long as it's the latest update. Also you should not wait for 10.2 to come and then deploy.

    Reader 10.1.3 was released yesterday. You can download it from

    You may try the following,

    1. Extract the exe like this,

    AdbeRdr1013_en_US.exe -sfx_o"<path to extract folder>" -sfx_ne

    2. Go to the extracted folder and run the chained command line like this to install 10.1.3 silently

    msiexec /i AcroRead.msi PATCH="<path to AdbeRdrUpd1013.msp>" /qn


    You can use the above command line in SCCM to deploy 10.1.3 in your org.


    Alternatively, if you have Reader 10.1 or later already installed, then following command line can be used to install 10.1.3,

    msiexec /p "<path to AdbeRdrUpd1013.msp>" /qn

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    Apr 12, 2012 1:18 AM   in reply to Rick-pri

    So, you're using GPO methodology, in that case even you can easily deploy any update (MSI or MSP)

    Refer the Enterprise Administration Guide at

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    Apr 12, 2012 1:41 AM   in reply to Rick-pri

    Actually you can,


    Once the files are extracted from AdbeRdr1013_en_US.exe using the command,

    AdbeRdr1013_en_US.exe -sfx_o"<path to extract folder>" -sfx_ne


    Navigate to the folder and create AIP from MSI using,

    msiexec.exe /a AcroPro.msi TARGETDIR=<"path to an AIP folder, say abc"> 


    Navigate to the AIP folder (abc) and update the AIP with 10.1.3 MSP using,

    msiexec.exe /a AcroPro.msi /p "<path to AdbeRdrUpd1013.msp>" TARGETDIR=<"path to the same AIP folder, abc">


    Now, you have the AIP created for Reader 10.1.3 and you can create policy to deploy the AIP across OU. You need to deploy the AcroRead.msi here.

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    Apr 12, 2012 4:54 AM   in reply to Rick-pri
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    Apr 13, 2012 8:32 AM   in reply to Rick-pri

    Hey Rick-pri,

    Your AIP creation process was wrong and hence you got that error. People have done mistakes like that earlier as well. e.g.


    You might not encounter any error while AIP creation in a wrong way but certainly during installations.


    You may like to try the following illustration,

    Am providing the examples as now you have obtained AdbeRdr1010_en_US.msi.

    1. First of all, you need to copy the two files (AdbeRdr1010_en_US.msi, AdbeRdrUpd1013.msp) in any folder. (e.g C:\ReaderPatch)

    2. Now create a folder, where you will be creating the AIP, e.g. name it say 'C:\AIP'


    3. From C:\ReaderPatch, run the following, to create AIP for 10.1 in C:\AIP

    C:\ReaderPatch>msiexec /a AdbeRdr1010_en_US.msi TARGETDIR="C:\AIP"


    4. Now Navigate to "C:\AIP" and From "C:\AIP", run the following, to create AIP for 10.1.3

    C:\AIP>msiexec /a AdbeRdr1010_en_US.msi /p "C:\ReaderPatch\AdbeRdrUpd1013.msp" TARGETDIR="C:\AIP"


    Now, you have 10.1.3 AIP in the C:\AIP, deploy the whole folder in GPO environment to have 10.1.3 installed.

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    Apr 19, 2012 5:09 AM   in reply to Rick-pri

    Dear Rick-pri,


    I totally agree with you on the phrase " this is a poor way of deploying patched versions".


    I have the same same problems (and some more):

    - missing dll

    - Uninstallable manually as a domain admin and leaving the <UUID> of the former patch

    - Clogging up %temp% and hence blocking future updates




    Dear Adobe: Provide either complete patched .msi files for every important security update, so compagny deployment is fail safe (after using the proper transform file settings) OR make a tool to automate the patching. The later would safe on bandwidth.


    Thank you on forehand.

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    Apr 23, 2012 2:07 PM   in reply to Rick-pri

    Only way we could get it to work at my office was to avoid the downloadable MSI.  We had to extract the MSI and associated install files from the EXE here: _en_US.exe


    Again, do not download the MSI.


    Get the EXE and extract like so:

    AdbeRdr1010_en_US.exe -nos_o"Reader10" -nos_ne


    Funny, even though I specified "Reader10" it still prompted me for a directory.  But if you don't put anything there I think it just throws everything into a temp directory and doesn't prompt you where to put the files.


    So at this point you've got a directory but it's not your Admin Install Point.  Go into wherever you extracted it and do the deeds (create the admin install point):

    msiexec.exe /a AcroRead.msi


    It'll prompt you for a directory.


    So now you've got the AIP you made above.  Go into THAT brand new AIP folder and then apply the patch:

    msiexec.exe /a AcroRead.msi /p c:\FavoriteDirectoryToPutAllMyAdobeFiles\AdbeRdrUpd1013.msp

    Copy that folder to a networked location (or whatever fancy GPO stuff one does) and point your GPO to AcroRead.msi and you're good to go.  Only way we could do it at my office.  I had it "replace" instead of "upgrade" all previous installations but I have no idea if that helped or not.


    When we used any other MSI, downloaded or extracted, nothing worked.


    Regardless, we've now got 10.1.3 deployed company-wide via GPO.


    Hope this helps.

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    Apr 24, 2012 7:05 AM   in reply to ludwigmace23

    Hi ludwigmace23,


    The guide you have posted works for me.


    But in this way, it is not possible to make changes with the Adobe Customization Wizard.


    How do you make changes like suppress eula, disable desktop shortcut, deactivate online functions and such things?


    Is there a way to do this with registry changes?

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    Apr 24, 2012 2:25 PM   in reply to Hen_ry

    Not really sure, I haven't messed around with the customization wizard using this method.  With all the headache I was just happy to get it deployed at all.


    Here's one of the pages I was looking at for random tips.  It might be helpful: html


    Good luck!


    UPDATE: I found something on another post that might help.  Keep the setup.exe and setup.ini from when you extract the original EXE file and copy those into your deployment directory.  Then you should be able to run the Adobe Customization Wizard X and make a transform (mst) file.  I made one but haven't tested its deployment yet.


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    Apr 25, 2012 2:19 AM   in reply to ludwigmace23



    It works well.


    With .exe and .ini files I can create the transform file and the deployment works with my changes.


    Many thanks for your help.

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    May 1, 2012 7:17 PM   in reply to ludwigmace23

    Thank you so much ludwigmace23!


    I had extracted the MSI from the 10.1.3 exe downloaded from the Adobe site and after creating an API was recieving the same error as the OP when trying to install.


         Product: Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) -- Error 1334.The file 'adobearmhelper.exe' cannot be installed because the file cannot be found in cabinet file ''. This could indicate a network error, an error reading from the CD-ROM, or a problem with this package.


    I have downloaded the 10.1.0 exe from your FTP link, applied the patch to that and its all sweet now!


    If you don't want the prompt for a directory to appear at this point:

         Get the EXE and extract like so:

         AdbeRdr1010_en_US.exe -nos_o"Reader10" -nos_ne


    Just include a network or drive location e.g.

    AdbeRdr1010_en_US.exe -nos_o"c:\Reader10" -nos_ne


    Thanks again!


    Now come on Adobe, get your act together and provide a proper enterprise deployment tool!!!

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    May 13, 2012 6:15 PM   in reply to Rick-pri


    Here's, how you can incoporate MST file in your install.

    msiexec.exe /i <AIP distribution point dir path>\ <ProductName>.msi TRANSFORMS=<AIP distribution point dir path>\<ProductName>.mst

    Let me know, if you need more information.




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    Jul 11, 2012 4:02 AM   in reply to WHITCHY_SW20

    Use this Command This will help you ''AdbeRdr1000_en_US.exe /sAll /rs /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES''

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