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Updated Oct 14, 2014.

1   Wizard Overview

1.1   What the Wizard does

The Wizard streamlines the task of configuring (customizing) the installer prior to organization-wide deployment. For example, if you have a site license, you do not need to register and personalize each copy of the product that you install. You can customize the installer to not only skip the standard registration questions, but also accept the standard EULA and fill in your organization name automatically. Other options include:

  • Leverage existing deployments by copying enterprise files and registry configurations.
  • Modify the registry (via the Registry Editor) and installer tables (via the Direct Editor) directly.
  • Optimize the behavior of the installer by including silent installation, pre-serialization, reboot, multilingual, and custom setup.
  • Remove previous versions of Reader and Acrobat.
  • Suppress display EULA, registration prompts, and the Getting Started window.

1.2   Version notes

You must use a Wizard version that’s identical to the product version.


While most users report no problems with multiple version of the Wizard installed, it is a known constraint that these should be installed in order. It is possible that the presence of more than one version could cause problems with some features such as activation.

1.3   MST usage

  • Once an MST is applied during an install another MST can’t be used later during an update (say, to change one setting).
  • The way the Windows Installer Technology works is that during an update or repair, the installer references the MST file that the installation used when it was first installed.
  • The only way to use another MST it to uninstall the product and then reinstall with a new MST file.
  • Acrobat installers support multiple transforms. A list of all transforms can be applied during installation when separated by semi colon. For details, go see the Microsoft documentation.

1.4   Supported products

The Wizard supports all products in the Acrobat family. Certain UI components are therefore enabled or disabled based on the loaded installer file. For example, when customizing reader, some of the available options which are specific to Acrobat will not be available.

1.5   Documentation notes

Documentation for each version is as follows:

  • 9.x: In the product.
  • 10.x: In the product, but an updated version is HERE.
  • 11.x: A summary appears in the product; the document you are reading is the complete, regularly updated docment.