Adobe DC Customisation Wizard

A new version of Adobe Reader is out, with a new name.  No longer called Adobe Reader, it is called Acrobat Reader.  And the version is ‘DC’.

So head on over to Adobe’s website, download and install the Customisation wizard:

Grab Acrobat Reader (without the mcafee / google bundle):

Use your favourite program to extract the files from within the .exe file (WinRAR, 7zip, etc).

Once you have the .MSI file extracted, you can then open the customisation wizard, and open the .MSI using the customisation wizard.

Make any relevant changes you wish to the .MSI file.  EG: ‘Supress display of End User License Agreement (EULA)’, ‘Disable product updates’, ‘Disable Upsell’, etc.

You may also want to use the Registry section of the Customisation Wizard to makes changes, or use Group Policy, or alternate methods of setting the relevant keys:

Don’t show messages while viewing a document
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Show me messages when I launch Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
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Show welcome dialog when opening file
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The ‘bDontShowMsgWhenViewingDoc’ as a value of ‘0’ to NOT display the message.  A value of 1 will display the message.  This is the reverse of what is expected given the name is DontShow.

Save the package in the customisation wizard, and install using the following command:
msiexec.exe /i AcroRead.msi TRANSFORMS=acroread.mst

The details for this post were found: (Some information in this is now incorrect, see the forum post below!)

2 thoughts on “Adobe DC Customisation Wizard

  1. Jason

    You say, "The ‘bDontShowMsgWhenViewingDoc’ as a value of ‘0’ to NOT display the message." Indeed, this is what Adobe's documentation says, but the documentation appears to be wrong. If you test it, then look in the UI under Preferences, you'll see that it works the opposite of what the documentations says.

  2. AnonIT

    Hi Jason, thanks for the comment. Sorry for the delay, however I've only now just had a chance to test. I don't think I was clear in the original post. The documentation from Adobe looks correct on my install… correct, 0 disables the message, 1 will enable the message. I do get confused on the name though. Normally, a name of 'dont show' will imply a 1 prevents the message, 0 will show it, but in this case Adobe is backwards. See here: It was a very good idea to check in the UI to ensure the setting is being applied, though so thank you for that idea!


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