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How to extract an MSI file from the EXE for Adobe Reader


Steps to extract the Adobe Reader MSI installation files from the compressed executable:

1. Obtain Adobe Reader from and save the file to your desktop.

2. Choose Start > Run.

3. In the Open text box, type: "%UserProfile%\Desktop\AdbeRdr80_en_US.exe" -nos_ne

4. Click OK.

5. When the Adobe Reader Setup screen clears, choose Start >  Run.

6. In the Open text box, type: %temp%

7. Drag the Adobe Reader folder to your desktop.

This folder contains AcroRead.msi and files needed for installation.

Update (thanks to the comment from V23 below)

For Adobe Reader X, the setup files will be extracted to a folder in:

  • %ProgramData%\Adobe\Setup (Windows Vista and above)
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Adobe\Setup (Windows XP / Windows Server 2003)

If you wish to define where the files will be extracted, use the -nos_o switch as follows:

AdbeRdr1010_en_US.exe.exe -nos_o"C:\Folder" -nos_ne

Replace C:\Folder with the path to a local valid folder.  Please ensure the folder is empty as otherwise the existing files and folders may be overwritten/deleted.

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Acrobat/Reader 7: install with MSI failed with SQL errors


 If you are trying to install Acrobat/Reader 7.0.7 using the MSI you may receive the following error:

Action start 12:35:52: INSTALL.
DEBUG: Error 2235: Database: . Column ‘Action’ not present or ambiguous in SQL query:

SELECT `Action`,NULL,`Condition` FROM `InstallExecuteSequence` WHERE `Sequence` > 0
ORDER BY `Sequence`

Internal Error 2235. , Action, SELECT `Action`,NULL,`Condition` FROM `InstallExecuteSequence`
WHERE `Sequence` > 0 ORDER BY `Sequence`Action ended 12:36:50: INSTALL. Return value 3.


 This is a problem with the InstallShield configuration.  Such issues should be raised directly with InstallShield support, or in their forums.


 This problem is described here:

reference: (1-28110668)

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