Installing Adobe Reader DC including the latest patch, with Powershell

Just a code example today, where Powershell downloads the Adobe MSI, runs it, then downloads the latest patch and applies it. Finally, it will disable the auto updater of Adobe Reader DC.

Code:


$tempFolder=$Env:TEMP

function runProcess ($cmd, $params) {
$p = new-object System.Diagnostics.Process
$p.StartInfo = new-object System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo
$exitcode = $false
$p.StartInfo.FileName = $cmd
$p.StartInfo.Arguments = $params
$p.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = $False
$p.StartInfo.RedirectStandardError = $True
$p.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = $True
$p.StartInfo.WindowStyle = 1;
$null = $p.Start()
$p.WaitForExit()
$output = $p.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd()
$exitcode = $p.ExitCode
$p.Dispose()
$exitcode
$output
}

#download installer
invoke-webrequest "ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/AcrobatDC/1500720033/AcroRdrDC1500720033_nl_NL.msi" -OutFile "$tempFolder\AcroRdrDC1500720033_nl_NL.msi" -ErrorAction Stop

#run installer
$res = runProcess msiexec "/i $tempFolder\AcroRdrDC1500720033_nl_NL.msi /qb"

#check if return code is 0
if(0 -ne $res[0]){
return "Failed to install Adobe Reader: $($res[0]) $($res[1])"
}

#download the patch
invoke-webrequest "ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/AcrobatDC/1500920079/AcroRdrDCUpd1500920079.msp" -OutFile "$tempFolder\AcroRdrDCUpd1500920079.msp" -ErrorAction Stop

#install it
$res = runProcess msiexec "/p $tempFolder\AcroRdrDCUpd1500920077.msp /qb"

#check if return code is 0
if(0 -ne $res[0]){
return "Failed to install Adobe Reader DC Patch: $($res[0]) $($res[1])"
}else{
#Attempt to silently disable the auto updater if set in this script
new-itemproperty "HKLM:\Software\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\FeatureLockDown" -name bUpdater -value 0 -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
}

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Brad Tostenson
Brad Tostenson
2 years ago

This is really nice however it has a limitation, it does not allow for updated installation. There are several updated installers out there since you wrote this. Are you aware of an address that would get you the latest installer and yet would have a static address?

William Christner
William Christner
4 years ago

You Script is Awesome, I have been looking for a way to install and update acrobat reader without using a third party method.

Thanks for the Scrips and keep up the great work!