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acrobat uninstaller network wide

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Hey Everybody...

with all these security flaws in the Acrobat Reader Program by Adobe that have come about as of late, I need to upgrade our entire corporate network (maybe 100 pc's... mostly on one user vlan). We haven't installed the MOM office suite yet (Microsoft office manager) so I don't know exactly how many users even have it... and managemnet is still debating over which is the best way to "manage" our software assets before we get popped.

but until then i need a work around.

I have made several scripts that will install software, and embedded .exe or what have you. I was wondering if some one could point me in the right direction here... as after i remove any previous versions... i can append my install script to then end of it.

I can't use a simple click start-->settings-->control panel-->move cursor down 3 spots-->uninstall adobe acrobat.

as every user will have a different number of applications and such, as it won't "live" in the same spot on every machine...

any advice would be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance!! :)

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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\7.0\InstallPath

You could maybe use this.. I havent found the uninstall command, though this is a way to find the path if the 7.0 exists


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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

OK - there is no command line switch that I can find to do the uninstall.

Also, the version makes a difference.

You can get the manual removal directions from here: http://www.adobe.com/support/techdocs/327675.html

(note, these are for version 6.0, but I'm sure the rest are readily available)

You just code a script that performs those functions. The big thing is, are you going to be online as the admin, or do you want it to run as admin?

Then there is always the choice of having it be a Group Policy User LogOn Script, if you use Active Directory and AD Group Policy.

Spyder

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You can check the registry for uninstall commands --

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

Check each of the keys for one that lists the appropriate software in the DisplayName field and then find the UninstallString.

For example, on my machine Adobe Acrobat 7.0.8 lists the uninstall string as

MsiExec.exe /I{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A70800000002}

In AutoIt, put this in a Run command.

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It is one of the GUID listings, which is odd. I've never understood why they can't just use string names for some of those.

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