Posts Tagged ‘uninstall’

Ah Adobe, those merchants of all things difficult. While investigating their CS5.5, a need to uninstall CS5 installations presented itself. Sounds simple enough right? Their new Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition¬†generates an msi, I’ll just uninstall that. No, that doesn’t work.

Next thing is it turns out there’s another entry in the registry for what gets executed if you manually uninstalled it, something like this: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\core\PDApp.exe –appletID=”DWA_UI” –appletVersion=”1.0″ –mode=”Uninstall” –mediaSignature=”{A1BC7068-C1BA-410F-8B9A-DB807C803DE2}”

Maybe I can run that with some sort of silent switch… No that doesn’t work either.

What you need to do is go back to the original source for your CS5 install, into the Adobe CS5\deploy folder and grab one of the uninstall-en xml files. In my case, I grabbed the uninstall-en_GB.xml.¬† Then you’ll still actually need to use a different Setup.exe for the uninstall, you’ll want to use the one in the DWA folder, not the Core folder and finally you’ll end up with a command like:

“C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\DWA\Setup.exe” –mode=Silent –deploymentFile=”%PATH%\uninstall-en_GB.xml”

and you can replace %PATH% with the location of this xml file.

And keep swearing at Adobe…


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I’m aiming here to grow a list of natively supported silent uninstalls for a number of different installation types. The idea is that these methods will remove vendor supplied installations. Where possible, I’ll use information provided in the registry, mainly that you can find under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall.


Identifiable by: having a ModifyPath or UninstallString something like MsiExec.exe /I{00000409-78E1-11D2-B60F-006097C998E7}

Removable by: msiexec /x{00000409-78E1-11D2-B60F-006097C998E7} /qb


Identifiable by: having a ModifyPath or UninstallString containing st6unst.exe

Removable by: ensuring the uninstall command contains -f and -q

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Ah SAPGUI, what a friendly piece of software for a system administrator! We’ve seen problems with IE7 on computers with SAPGUI and have rolled computers back to IE6. So, I had what I thought was a good idea – I’ll use the software metering rules in SMS, work out computers that haven’t used SAP for ages and uninstall it – reduce the size of the problem.

Unfortunately, it looks like after you uninstall SAPGUI 6.40 if you try to print in IE7 and/or Outlook you’ll have the minor problem of it not printing – as in not giving you the printer selection dialogue box. I haven’t worked out what exactly is causing it but be careful of this if uninstalling SAPGUI (as opposed to upgrading).

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