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Adobe Acroboat XI (11) MSI deployment

Installing Adobe Reader XI (11) on all the computers in your network

Prepare Adobe Reader XI Files

Note: You need need to have a distribution agreement to download the Adobe Reader XI Enterprise version. You can obtain one from here:

Download Adobe Reader XI Enterprise full installation AdbeRdr11002_en_US.exe from the link you receive when you apply for the distribution agreement.

Download the Adobe Reader XI (11) Customization Wizard from here:

Once you have obtained the nessary files, you need to extract the installer files from the installer. Browse using Windows Explorer to the folder where you have downloaded AdbeRdr11002_en_US.exe. Hold the shift key and right click in this folder. Choose Open command window here. In the command window run:

AdbeRdr11002_en_US.exe -sfx_o"C:\AdobeReaderExtracted" -sfx_ne

In the folder C:\AdobeReaderExtracted you will have (amoung other files) the Adobe Reader 11.0.0 msi files and two patches - 11.0.01 and 11.0.02.

Patch the installation msi file by opening a command prompt in the folder C:\AdobeReaderExtracted  and run the two commands:

msiexec /a AcroRead.msi /p AdbeRdrUpd11001.msp
msiexec /a AcroRead.msi /p AdbeRdrSecUpd11002.msp

Create Adobe Reader XI Admin installation

Now that you have the necessary files patched to 11.0.02, change the current directory of your command window to c:\AdobeReaderExtracted and run msiexec to create the admin installation:

msiexec /a AcroRead.msi

When prompted, create the installation in a new folder called c:\AdobeReaderAdminInstall.

Customise Adobe Reader XI with the Adobe Reader Customization Wizard

Note: These notes have been updated to use the Customization Wizard that has been released. see below for the Group policy method.

Instal the Adobe Customization Wizard XI, accepting the default options.

Once installed, run the Adobe Customization Wizard XI and choose File -> Open Package. Select the file AcroRead.msi file from the C:\AdobeReaderExtracted folder.

From here you can step through the options and set as required. As a guide, I have set the following options for our enterprise:

Personalization Options

  • Suppress display of End User Agreement (EULA)

Installation Options

  • Make Reader the default PDF viewer
  • Remove all versions of Reader
  • Enable Optimization
  • Enable Caching of installer files on local hard drive
  • Run Silently (no interface)
  • Supress Reboot


  • Protected View - Off

Online and Adobe online

  • Disable product updates
  • Disable Purchase Adobe Acrobat
  • Disable Product Improvement Program

Once you have finised customising the installation, generate a transform file and save it in c:\AdobeReaderAdminInstall.

Deploy Adobe Reader X

Copy the folder c:\AdobeReaderAdminInstall to your msi deployment share, and add the msi along wiith the mst to your software deployment GPO.