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Adobe Reader DC Flexapp Recipe

edited February 29 in Application Recipes

This guide describes how to make a FlexApp Package for Adobe Reader.

  1. Make sure your FlexApp Packaging Console (FPC) machine is clean.
  2. Download the Adobe Adobe Reader Offline Installer from https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/enterprise/
  3. Login to your FPC and create a new layer. Make sure the VHD location is accessible from the machine/user you are logged in with.
  4. Press Start when ready to install.
  5. Install Adobe Reader with default settings (it's recommended to disable the desktop shortcut creation)
  6. Disable Adobe Reader Auto Updater with the following key
    1. HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Adobe\Adobe ARM\Legacy\(product name)\(product code)
  7. Disable Adobe Reader Protected Mode with the following key (this can cause the to stop directly after launch)
    1. HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Policies\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\FeatureLockdown
      1. Name: bProtectedMode
      2. Data type: DWORD
      3. Data: 0
      4. More information can be found here: https://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/PrefRef/Windows/Privileged.html
  8. Delete the Adobe Reader shortcut in "C:\ProgramData\microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" as this is pointing to the Windows installer location and will not be there on the client you run the package. Replace the shortcut and point to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroRd32.exe"
  9. Change the default icon path for PDF files in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AcroExch.Document.DC\DefaultIcon so it points to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroRd32.exe,1"
    1. FileTypesMan is a great tool to manage filetypes and change these settings from a GUI. https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/file_types_manager.html.
  10. Disable AutoUpdates by going to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Adobe\Adobe ARM\Legacy\Reader\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AC0F074E4100}. At the right pane double click on Mode value* and in the Value Data box, change the value data from 3 to 0 (zero).
  11. Stop the Adobe Acrobat Update Service
  12. Delete the Adobe Acrobat Update Service from the command prompt by typing "sc delete AdobeARMservice"
  13. Press Finish to close the capture.
  14. Make sure the Package folder is in a safe location and revert to your snapshot.
  15. Login to the FPC and test Adobe Reader.


  • here is a powershell script that replaces the shortcuts in the start menu for Adobe DC you can run that before clicking finish.

  • Not sure if this applies to DC or not, but for anyone adapting this to Adobe Reader versions X or 11 for legacy, the following registry key was also needed in addition to the HKLM entry under FeatureLockDown (#7 above), in order to disable protected mode (the number in the key would be either 10 or 11, depending on version):

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Privileged]


  • MrSmithMrSmith ✭✭

    Adobe Reader Optimization and Fine Tuning

    1. DisableMaintenance – 1 – HKLM

    2. FeatureLockDown - bProtectedMode - 0 - Don't enable protected mode – HKLM

    3. FeatureLockDown - bShowEbookMenu – 0 – HKLM

    4. FeatureLockDown - bUsageMeasurement – 0 – HKLM

    5. FeatureLockDown - bPurchaseAcro – 0 – HKLM

    6. FeatureLockDown - bUpdater – 0 – HKLM

    7. FeatureLockDown - bToggleFTE – HKLM

    8. FeatureLockDown - bShowScanTabInHomeView – HKLM

    9. cServices - bToggleDocumentCloud – 1 – HKLM

    10. cServices - bToggleWebConnectors – 1 – HKLM

    11. cWelcomeScreen - bShowWelcomeScreen – 0 – HKLM

    12. cSharePoint – bDisableSharePointFeatures – 1 – HKLM

    13. bAutoSaveDocsEnabled - 0: Don't autosave documents – HKCU

    14. bAntialiasGraphics – 0 – HKCU

    15. bAntialiasImages – 0 – HKCU

    16. EULAAcceptedForBrowser – 1 – HKCU

    17. EULA – 1 – HKCU

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