Deploy Adobe Reader using Group Policy

Adobe Reader

  1. Obtain license to distribute Adobe Reader:
    1. Go to Adobe Reader download page http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/ and click on "Distribute Adobe Reader".
    2. Fill the form and wait for the confirmation email. This gives you permission to distribute Adobe Reader.
  2. Obtain Adobe Reader .msi file:
    1. Download latest .msi file from adobe ftp server ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader
      Alternately (if Adobe FTP is offline, or your can't find latest .msi version):
      Download normal .exe versions and extract .msi from it::
      Run the .exe file from command prompt with -nos_ne switch. This will extract .msi and other files but won't start installation.
      Move extracted files to your desktop. Check following locations:
      C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe (Windows XP)
      C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Setup (Windows XP)
      C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Setup (Windows Vista / 7)

  3. Customize installation (optional):
    1. Download and install free Adobe Customization Wizard:
    2. Adobe Customization Wizard > Open Package > select your .msi file.
    3. Customise installation settings as required.
    4. File > Save Package. This creates Microsoft Transform (.mst) file in the same folder.
  4. Deploy .msi using group policy.
    If you want to use transformation (.mst) file created in step 3 select Advanced deployment method and add .mst file to the Modifications list.


Windows XP
Windows 7
Adobe Reader 9
Adobe Reader 10 (X)
Adobe Reader 11 (XI)
Adobe Reader DC
Adobe Reader 2017



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