Set MSI and Adobe properties as needed to perform the actual install as follows:
Property values are case sensitive. Copy the values from the table below. For example, use
Do not quote property values unless there are spaces in the string.
If you’re using the MSI installer, configure abcpy.ini.
If you’re using the Setup.exe bootstrapper installer, configure setup.ini.
On your command line, you can use msiexec and Adobe properties and switches.
Order of precedence from least to most controlling is as follows: Property table > Transform > command line. That is, command line run properties override any installer setting.
Installer table modification¶
While it is possible to use the Customization Wizard’s Direct Editor or 3rd party tool such as ORCA to modify the installer tables, Adobe strongly recommends that you do not do so unless you are knowledgeable about editing and troubleshooting installer tables. Improper use can result in the corruption of the installer.
Installer tables may vary by product type (Reader vs. Acrobat vs. Acrobat Standard, etc.) uses Reader. Inspect the tables of the product you are installing to determine if a default is provided.
Wizard’s Direct Editor
Install file examples¶
abcpy.ini (use with .msi)¶
[OEM Install] ISX_SERIALNUMBER=<Product serial number> USERNAME=<username> COMPANYNAME=<company name> INSTALLDIR="Custom path to Installation directory for Acrobat"
The values for the first three above appear in the installer screen. This screen will be removed from products.
setup.ini (use with .exe)¶
You can use your customized MST for bootstrapper deployments. The bootstrapper Setup.exe file uses setup.ini as its configuration file. As you customize the installer with the Wizard, the Setup.ini file automatically updates. The Setup.exe file uses Setup.ini as it’s configuration file. Before deployment, open Setup.ini, verify it contains all the properties you need, and edit it as neccessary.
Setup.ini contains two sections:
[Startup]: Setup.exe first executes the Adobe flags for
CmdLine. Do not place Adobe properties or MSI switches here; for example, you can use
/qb!+in this section.
[Product] Setup.exe then reads the [Product] section. There may be multiple [Product] sections depending what the EXE should invoke (other MSI’s or EXE’s). The
CmdLineshould only contain values supported by the item the EXE invokes. For example, when invoking an MSI (
msi=AcroPro.msi), you can only use space-separated Adobe properties (flag/value pairs connected by an = sign) and MSI switches; for example, you can use
/sAllin this section.
[Startup] CmdLine=/sAll /rs /re /sl "1036" [Product] CmdLine=TRANSFORMS="AcroPro.mst" /qb!+ msi=AcroPro.msi PATCH="<Path to ZD/Q Patch"
Command line example¶
msiexec /i <path to AcroPro.msi> LANG_LIST=en_US TRANSFORMS="1033.mst" /qb
|Installation||15 (May 10, 2016)||ADD_THUMBNAILPREVIEW||Installs and uninstalls the Windows Explorer thumbnail preview handler. While this property can only be used during an initial install, the ThumbnailPreviewHandler property can be run anytime post install. Note also that admins can use bDisableThumbnailPreviewHandler to prevent users from toggling this feature on an off. For details, see the Preference Reference.|
|Installation||8.0 & later||INSTALLDIR||Specifies the installation directory.|
|Installation||January 2017 and later||ROAMIDENTITY||A value of 1 specifies that the user's identity should roam across VMs. Only used for named user licensing in virtualized environments when the APTEE tool is not used. Null is the same as 0.|
|Installation||January 2017 and later||ROAMLICENSING||A value of 1 specifies that the user's entitlement should roam across VMs. Only used for named user licensing in virtualized environments when the APTEE tool is not used. Null is the same as 0.|
|Installation||8.0 & later||SOURCELIST||SOURCELIST provides a way to point to installation
files on a network. It is a semicolon-delimited list of network
or URL source paths to the installation package which is appended to each user's
existing source list. The installer uses the first accessible location it finds,
and only this source is used for the remainder of the installation. Therefore,
each item in SOURCELIST must contain:
|Installation||12.x and later||IGNOREVCRT64|| Note: Visual C++ is not required for the 64-bit installer.. For 32-bit, since Acrobat looks for Visual C++ x64 2013 Runtime (VC) by default, set IGNOREVCRT64 to 1 if it is not present AND not needed. IGNOREVCRT64 need only be used when all of the following are true:
|Shortcuts||10.1 & later||DISABLEDESKTOPSHORTCUT||
|Fonts||10.0 & later||DISABLE_ASIAN_FONTS||YES prevents the installation of Asian language components.|
|Browser integration||9.0 & later||DISABLE_BROWSER _INTEGRATION||YES prevents the the install (or uninstalls) the PDF viewer Active X control for IE. Beneficial in Terminal Server environments. When a PDF file opens in a browser and the user browses to a different page, viewer components stay in memory until the browser is closed.|
|Browser integration||12.x (Feb. 2017)||ENABLE_CHROMEEXT||By default, installing the Continuous track of Reader installs the Chrome extension. When installed, PDFs can open automatically in Reader rather than in the browser using Chrome's PDF viewer. This enables access to Reader's tools and services while providing users with a consistent PDF viewing experience. A value of 1 enables the extension, while 0 prevents it's install.|
|Installation||10.0 & later||DISABLE_CACHE||1 disables setup file caching. The opposite of ENABLE_CACHE_FILES.|
|Installation||9.0 & later||ENABLE_CACHE_FILES||1 (the default) enables setup file caching of the installer files on the local system. The opposite of DISABLE_CACHE.|
|Installation||9.0 & later||ENABLE_OPTIMIZATION||1 runs a disk defragmentation utility that will automatically cluster files on a portion of the destination drive during installation, thereby improving launch time and performance. Defragmentation requires available disk space on the destination drive and adds time to the installation.|
|Distiller||10.0 & later||DISABLE_DISTILLER||YES prevents the installation of Distiller components.|
|PDFMaker||10.0 & later||DISABLE_PDFMAKER||YES prevents the installation of PDFMaker.|
|Installation||9.0 & later||EULA_ACCEPT||YES prevents the EULA from appearing the first time the viewer is invoked. For 10.1.4, see the release notes.|
|Installation||10.0 & later||IGNORE_INTEROP_REQS||YES disables interoperability dialogs
in the full UI mode and allows installation to continue in the reduced UI
mode or completely silent mode.
"Interoperability" refers to supported installations where one product is installed over another. For example, Acrobat Standard cannot be installed on top 3D. There are 3 use cases: The installation must abort, the installation cannot continue without user action (usually uninstalling the previous product), and the installation can continue. This property turns off warning dialogs for installation failure for the first two cases, thereby causing the abort to happen silently.
|Installation||10.0 & later||ISX_SERIALNUMBER||This property accepts a retail or volume serial number so that the product is pre-serialized (licensed) during the install. It is useful for mass deployments and silent installs. If a number is not passed, then a trial version of the product is automatically installed. Like all properties, this property can be used in setup.ini, abcpy.ini, and on the command line.|
|Installation||11.0 & later||PRESERIALIZATIONFILEPATH||PRESERIALIZATIONFILEPATH grants an offline exception to the online activation requirement for volume serial numbers. If Adobe servers cannot be contacted, no activation occurs. However, if Adobe servers can be contacted, activation does occur.
The property accepts a path to a prov.xml file containing the requisite parameters. You can set the property automatically via the Wizard. Alternatively, create the prov.xml file manually by downloading the APTEE tool and running the following command line with your volume serial number.
|PDF Ownership||10.0 & later||IW_DEFAULT_VERB||Use this property when you need to change the default viewer for existing installs.
|PDF Ownership||10.0 & later||LEAVE_PDFOWNERSHIP||For new installs. YES prevents the new installation
from taking over PDF ownership. NO allows the new install to own opening
PDFs. May interact with IW_DEFAULT_VERB for some versions. It is often used for silent installs where the user should not be asked to select a default PDF viewer. For example, the following is the behavior of the Acrobat and Reader installers used with this property:
|PDF Ownership||11.0 & later||OWNERSHIP_STATE||New for 11.0. Windows 8.x only. Specifies whether to take ownership of any file type the product recognizes (pdf, fdf, etc.).
Note: This property is deprecated on Windows 10 machines and DISM-GPO configuration methods must be used.
|Installation||10.0 & later||REMOVE_PREVIOUS||Specifies whether to remove an
already installed product. The property can only uninstall a previous version
of the product when that same product is being installed. For example,
REMOVE_PREVIOUS=YES during an Acrobat install will only uninstall previous
Acrobat versions. It will not affect any version of Reader that is present.
This property can be used during both Acrobat and Reader installs. The default is YES.
|Installation||10.0 & later||REMOVE_PREVIOUS_READER||Acrobat only: Specifies whether to remove any existing versions of Reader on the system during an Acrobat install. The property can be used in tandem with REMOVE_PREVIOUS when earlier versions of both Acrobat and Reader need to be removed as part of a new Acrobat install.|
|Updates||10.1 & later||DISABLE_ARM_SERVICE_INSTALL||Reader 10.1 and later as well as Acrobat 10.1.4 and later installs ARMsvc.exe as part of the Updater which enables silent and automatic updates on Windows 7 and Windows Vista machines. A value of 1 prevents the install of the ARM service on Windows.|
|Language||9.0 & later||LANG_LIST||Specifies the languages to install
when using MUI installers. The property is ignored if the installer
runs in full UI mode. Valid values include:
|Language||11 & later||SUPPRESSLANGSELECTION||MUI installers only. The default of 1 does the following:
A value of 0 results in the language selection dialog appearing at first launch for every newly logged in user of the machine. For Acrobat this property is not applicable. When Acrobat is installed with MUL serial number and LANG_LIST=ALL, the launch language would be the same as OS language unless a language transform is also applied.
|Updates||11 & later||UPDATE_MODE|| Reader only. If updates have not been disabled, use this property during initial
installs and patches to control how the product updates. While 11.0
introduces a new install dialog which allows users to set this preference,
the installer can be pre tuned with the desired setting via UPDATE_MODE.
This property sets HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Adobe ARM\1.0\ARM\iCheckReader
Possible values include: