Deploy Adobe Reader using Group Policy

Adobe Reader

  • Obtain a license to distribute Adobe Reader:
    • Go to Adobe Reader download page and click on "Distribute Adobe Reader".
    • Fill the form and wait for the confirmation email. This gives you permission to distribute Adobe Reader.
  • Obtain Adobe Reader .msi file:
    • Download the latest .msi file from Adobe FTP server or .exe file from here:
      If you downloaded .exe file, extract .msi from it using 7-ZIP or
      Run the .exe file from the 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 the 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)

  • Customize installation (optional):
  • 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


# Lee 2012-03-29 19:28
The 10.1.2 fails with this method, use this instead.
Please use the correct way to create the AIP as detailed below. The AIP for the full Reader (i.e. AdbeRdr1010_en_ US.msi) must be created as a separate transaction followed by updating the AIP created with the latest patch update (i.e. AdbeRdrUpd1012.msp).

Please see ps/837/cpsid_83 709/attachments /Acrobat_Enterp rise_Admi nistration.pdf for more information on the same.

1. msiexec /a AdbeRdr1010_en_US.msi

(When prompted for an install location enter an appropriate location on your local disk. say C:\AIP)

2. msiexec /a C:\AIP\AdbeRdr1 010_en_US.msi /p AdbeRdrUpd1012.msp
# CB 2011-12-07 20:16
Nice Worked perfect except in Windows 7 the files are extracted to
C:\users\all users\adobe\set up\UUID#\
# jeff 2011-09-07 23:31
C:\Users\yourna me\Desktop\adob e\ReaderX\AdbeR dr1010_en_US.ex e -nos_o"C:\Users \yourname\Deskt op\adobe\Reader X\Extracted" -nos_ne

Create a folder on desktop, call it adobe, create a folder under it, call it ReaderX, then run the above in a batch file, substituting yourname for ..yep your name.(Profile login).
# admin 2010-12-02 17:53
Check C:\ProgramData\ Adobe\Setup
-2 # Guest 2010-12-02 16:46
When doing it using a windows 7 machine the deployment files are not in the expected location. Still trying to find them.


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