Creating a setup.ini won't help until you run installation from setup.exe. In your case setup .exe is not present. Try the following steps:
1) Download reader msi.
2) Open Adobe 8 customization wizard.
3) Make the customizations and save a tranform file (.mst).
4) Run installation silently with this mst file eg. msiexec /i "path to reader.msi" TRANSFORMS="path to mst" /qn
Thank you very much, this was really helpful.
Gregory A. Lussier
I too are having the same issue when creating an .mst file 'setup.ini cannot be found'. I am not too sure if i am missing something with the reply from kashifMohd but if i customize the msi and then Generate Transform this is when is get the error.
The only time i don't get the error is when i open the msi package then click Generate Transform without making any changes to the package. Can someone please help further with this?
Make sure you download the official .exe and uncompress the .msi file using
the proper switch which I believe is -nos-ne.
See this for details:
Then you will have the required files and be able to customize it using the
Adobe Customize Wizard software.
My problem was that I downloaded the .msi straight from Adobe and didn't get
all the required files to modify it properly. By extracting the msi from the
exe, I didn't get the error anymore.
I'm not sure if you already knew all that, but I hope it could help in any
Thanks for the reply, will that link allow me to download the 8.2.0 exe or point to version 9 as i have tried it before and it only allowed me to download ver 9.
We are currently running 8.1.6 and need to go to 8.2.1 but of course to do this i need to download 8.2.0 and run the 8.2.1 msp and then create the .mst. I have also read that there is now .exe for 8.2.0 and everywhere i have looked it showes a .msi.
I'm not sure if it could help but see those links to exes. I haven't found
any exe for 8.2.0. I have never needed to deploy a patched version of Adobe
including an update, I've always waited for the .exe release, but if it
could help in any way, here's the list of direct links I use for Adobe 8.
Has anyone found a solution or workaround for this? I'm having the same problem. I can't go to v9.3 due to another application not compatible with reader v9 yet. Using customization tool cannot create .mst without having setup.ini. If someone has a working setup.ini for v8.2 I would love to see a copy. Thanks.
I managed a work around by copying the previous .mst file to the new installer package. I then opened the .msi and made a change to it and it seemed to have generated the transform ok however when i closed the Customize Wizard and save the changes it once again could not find the Setup.ini.
I opened the msi again and saw the changes have been saved, now i have another issue with pdf's not opening in Internet Explorer and a department here does not want them to open outside of IE.
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I have found another workaround. I found that copying a setup.ini from a previous version 8 satisfies the customization tool's needs. It will allow me to create the .mst now. And since v8.2 only has the .msi and .mst (no setup.exe) there is actually no use for the setup.ini. It doesn't matter if the information in it is accurate or not as far as I can tell. My custom install works perfectly. YeeHaw!
If you don't have an old setup.ini I am including the contents of mine below: