Install a customized Adobe Reader 9.4

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Here is a little “How To” about installing Adobe Reader 9.4 in a Terminal Server/Remote Desktop environment. You can also use this procedure to install the Reader on Desktops.

  1. Download and install the Adobe Customization Wizard 9 on your client or server
  2. Download Adobe Reader 9.4 in German or English
  3. Run the following command to extract the exe file: “AdbeRdr940_en_US.exe -nos_o”Reader9″ -nos_ne”, you find the files in the folder “Reader9”
  4. Start the Adobe Customization Wizard and open the file “AcroRead.msi” from the “Rader9” folder
  5. Now you can make your customizations, I prefer the following:

  6. If you also want to get rid of some menu items, you can use this JavaScript file and place it in the %ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\JavaScripts” folder (Thanks to Aaron Parker)


    These items will disappear:image
  7. After you made your settings, generate a transform (mst) file (Select Transform > Generate Transform…)
  8. If you want to prevent the Adobe Speed Launcher from starting you have to edit the ArcoRead.msi file, for instance with the Orca tool. Just drop the row containing “Registry838” in the Registry table (Thanks again to Aaron Parker)

  9. Now you can install the Adobe Reader 9.4 with the following command:

    Of course you can also use the MSI and MST file for the Citrix Streaming Profiler or deploy the Reader with Citrix Installation Manager, Active Directory  or whatever you prefer. You can download a sample Adobe 9 MST file and load it in the Customization Wizard to use it as a template. The MST should also work for future releases of the Adobe Reader, just apply it to the new MSI file. If you want to make customizations with group policies you can use these GPO templates from Aaron Parker

  1. Anonymous
    October 17, 2010 at 12:36

    nice one 🙂

  2. November 18, 2010 at 20:40

    Big thanks for all this useful information. Saved me time.

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