Deploying Adobe Reader 8.0

For an Adobe Reader 9 version of this post, go here. For an Adobe Reader 8.x version of this post, go here.

Now that Adobe Reader 8 has been released and the setup routine has changed slightly, we’ll have to jump through hoops again to get this new version deployed. Here are a few things that I’ve found in regards to deployment in a corporate environment:

  • Here’s a direct link to the download for Adobe Reader 8.0;
  • The installer weighs in at 20.8Mb;
  • It requires Windows Installer 3.0 and appears to require a minimum of Internet Explorer 6.0;
  • Adobe Reader 8 uses a newer version of the Netopsystems FEAD setup routine;
  • Adobe Customization Wizard 8 is “coming soon”;
  • On Windows Vista, setup files are unpacked to %USERPROFILE%AppDataLocalLowNetopsystemstempAdobe Reader 8.0
  • On Windows XP/2003, setup files are unpacked to %USERPROFILE%\Local SettingsTemp1Adobe Reader 8.0 (The folder 1 may change);
  • After Reader is installed, setup files are located at %ProgramFilesAdobeReader 8.0Setup Files{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A80000000002}
  • Setup switches have changed, here’s the full list:
/sAllSilent Mode for product
/sPBSilent Mode with Progress Bar for product
/rsReboot Suppress
/rpsReboot Prompt Suppress
/ini “PATH”Alternative initialization file
/sl “LANG_ID”Set Language; LANG_ID - console in decimal digits
/lEnable Error Logging
/msi[Command line]Parameters for MSIEXEC
  • If you want to perform a silent install directly from the download, use the following command:


  • To perform an silent install from the unpacked setup files use the following command:




  • A second shortcut is now added to the Startup group - Adobe Reader Synchronizer as well as the Adobe Reader Speed Launch shortcut;
  • At launch, Adobe Reader reads the HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetControlTerminal Server registry key. Will it perform differently on a Terminal Server?
  • It appears to launch quite quickly;
  • It also reads this registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0FeatureLockdown which could mean that an ADM/ADMX file exists or is coming to manage Adobe Reader via Group Policy;
  • You can set this DWORD value in the registry: HKCU\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\AV\General\bDocumentsInTaskbar, to force Reader to display a separate window for each document, just like Microsoft Office;
  • There are no ads in the toolbar as in previous versions;
  • It includes nice new fancy 256 x 256 pixel icons (click each one for a larger view):

There are a lot of things left to find and I’ll update this post as I find them.


  • has been updated with an Adobe Reader 8 specific entry:
  • Set this DWORD value to 1 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareAdobeAcrobat Reader8.0DowntownbDontShowAtLaunch> and this DWORD value to 0 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareAdobeAcrobat Reader8.0DowntownbGoOnline>, to SUPPRESS the Beyond Adobe Reader window and feature;
  • The Adobe Updater is installed along with Reader to here: %CommonProgramFiles%AdobeUpdater5>
  • Adobe Updater has created a folder in my Documents folder: DocumentsUpdater5AdobeUpdaterreader8rdr-en_US>
  • So Joe… has an excellent post on installing Adobe Reader 8: A Step-by-Step Guide to Silently Installing and Configuring Adobe Reader 8
  • Disable the Adobe Updater with the following DWORD (set it to 0x00000001) HKLMSoftwareAdobeUpdaterEnterprise. I’m still confirming this one, but I found the registry key on the Adobe knowledgebase site: Perform a silent installation of Photoshop