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

  1. V23 says:

    Found this post via a Google search, and it no longer works for version 10 (from what I can tell).

    The following should work:

    AdbeRdr1012_en_US.exe -nos_oC:\Temp\Adobe -nos_ne

    Obviously change the exe name and directory where appropriate. There is no space between -nos_c and the directory path.

  2. Shaun Clarke says:

    You can still use -non_ne with, but the files get extracted to a different directory.

    Have a look in %programdata%\Adobe\Setup\Some GUID.

    For Windows Vista/Windows 7, this will be C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Setup\Some GUID.

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  4. lukval says:

    In 10.1.3 version is it OK: AdbeRdr1013_en_US.exe -nos_o”C:\someFolder” -nos_ne

  5. dmcmahon says:

    For Acrobat/Reader XI and later versions, please refer to the enterprise admin guide:

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