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Run a silent installation of Adobe Production Studio

What’s covered

Prepare for a silent installation

Create an installer XML file

Set the default language

Run a silent installation

Confirm that the silent installation is working correctly

When you purchase a volume license for Adobe Production Studio, Adobe provides an option that allows you to run a silent installation (that is, an installation with preselected options and no interface) on Windows. In a silent installation, a custom installer runs the installers for each application included in Production Studio by using command-line installation tools built into the operating system. To run a silent installation, you must create an XML file for the custom installer. Silent installation is ONLY supported for volume license users. If you attempt to run a silent installation on a single user version of Adobe Production Studio, installation will fail every time.

Some of these procedures require you to locate hidden files and hidden folders or to locate files by their full file names, including extensions (for example, example_filename.ini). By default, Windows Explorer doesn’t show hidden files, hidden folders, and file name extensions that it recognizes.

To show hidden files, hidden folders, and all file name extensions in Windows Explorer:

1. In Windows Explorer, choose Tools > Folder Options.

2. Click the View tab in the Folder Options dialog box.

3. In Advanced Settings, select Show Hidden Files And Folders.

4. Deselect Hide Extensions For Known File Types.

5. Click OK.

Prepare for a silent installation

To prepare to run a silent installation on Windows:

1. Insert the Adobe Production Studio DVD in your DVD drive. Hold down the Shift key to disable Autoplay.

2. Navigate to My Computer, right-click on the DVD drive, and choose Open.

3. Drag and drop Adobe Production Studio folder to the desktop to copy it there.

4. Insert each of the remaining Adobe Production Studio DVDs and copy the folders for each product to the Adobe Production Studio folder on the desktop.

Create an installer XML file

The Adobe Production Studio custom installer is driven by information provided in an XML file. This XML file describes the products you are installing, the location to which you are installing the products, and their serialization information.

1. Create an XML file for a silent installation.

Using a text editor (for example, Notepad or TextEdit ), copy and paste the following text into a new, plain text document:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″ ?>

<AdobeInstallerConfiguration version=”1.0″>

<InstallerInfo platform=”win” silentMode=”1″ targetVolume=”C:” targetPath=”Program FilesAdobe” language=”en_US” />

<ProductInfo serial=”0000-0000-0000-0000-0000-0000″ licensedUserName=”Adobe User” licensedUserCompany=”Adobe Systems, Inc.” />


<Product name=”Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe ImageReady CS2″ selected=”1″ />

<Product name=”Adobe Illustrator CS2″ selected=”1″ />

<Product name=”Adobe After Effects 7.0″ selected=”1″ />

<Product name=”Adobe Audition 2.0″ selected=”1″ />

<Product name=”Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0″ selected=”1″ />

<Product name=”Adobe Encore DVD 2.0″ selected=”1″ />

<Product name=”Adobe Audition Functional Content” selected=”1″ />

<Product name=”Adobe After Effects Functional Content” selected=”1″ />

<Product name=”Adobe Encore Functional Content” selected=”1″ />

<Product name=”Adobe Photoshop Functional Content” selected=”1″ />

<Product name=”Adobe Premiere Pro Functional Content” selected=”1″ />



2. Replace the serial number, user name, and company name in the XML file.

Replace the serial number, user name, and company name above with the appropriate information for your installation. If you enter information incorrectly, the regular installer user interface will start and the installation will not be silent. Make sure that you enter the valid serial number for your volume license and that you enter a user name and company name.

Note: Some special characters like ampersand (&), that you may use in licensedUserName or licensedUserCompany, need to be changed to make a valid XML file. For example, enter “Dog & Pony” as “Dog & Pony.”

3. Set the installation path for Production Studio.

By default, the installer installs Adobe Production Studio into the C:/Program Files/Adobe folder in Windows. If you want to install to a location other than the default; you will need to change the location listed in the XML targetPath=”Program FilesAdobe” to the new location. Please only install to internal drives.

4. Select the applications to be installed.

Specify which applications you want to install. By default, all applications are installed. Leave the value set to “1” in your text file to install an application; change the value to “0” (zero) if you don’t want to install it. Deleting a product name from the XML list does not prevent it from being installed. If the installation value of a product is not set to “0” (zero) in the XML file, the product will be installed.

Note: Adobe Audition 2.0, Adobe Encore DVD 2.0, and Adobe Illustrator CS2 are included only with the Premium Edition of Adobe Production Studio. These products are not available to be installed in the Standard Edition, even if the value is set to “1.”

5. Save the file to the desktop.

Name the file “AdobeInstallerConfiguration.xml” (without quotation marks), and then close it.

6. Verify the XML file.

Check the validity of the XML file by opening the file in your web browser. Most web browsers can parse XML and will flag any errors.

Set the default language

Adobe Production Studio uses a multi-lingual installer with a language prompt dialog. To disable the language prompt dialog and set the correct language for a silent installation, complete the following steps:

1. Open the Adobe Production Studio folder that you created on your desktop and locate the Setup.ini file. Open the Setup.ini file in Notepad.

2. In the first paragraph of the Setup.ini file, change the key “EnableLangDlg=y” to “EnableLangDlg=n”.

3. Scroll down the text of the file to the Section: “[Languages]” to check the default language setting for the installation. The Adobe Production Studio language setting defaults to the language of your operating system. For example, if you are installing on an English operating system, the language is set to “Default=0x0409”. If you wish to install in the default language, you do not need to make any changes to this setting, and you may proceed with the silent installation. To change the default language, complete the following steps:

a. Use the key below the default [Languages] setting to determine the key name for the language in which you want to install Production Studio.

b. Enter the key for the language in which you want to install in the Default setting under [Languages]. For example, to set the default language to Italian, type Default=0x0410 .

Note: You can only install Production Studio in Tier 1 and Tier 2 languages, which are: English, French, German, Japanese, Italian and Spanish.

Run a silent installation

Use the following procedures to run a silent installation of Adobe Production Studio.

To run a silent installation:

1. Move the AdobeInstallerConfiguration.xml file you created in the previous section of this document to the Adobe Production Studio folder located on your desktop.

2. Choose Start > Run.

3. In the Open box, type the following text exactly as it appears (including quotation marks, spaces, and capitalization), replacing [User Name] with the name of the user account that you used to log into the computer:

“C:Documents and Settings [User Name] DesktopAdobe Production StudioSetup.exe” – installerConfig “AdobeInstallerConfiguration.xml”

Not e: You must use an Administrator account.

If any of the products included in Production Studio are installed already on your system, the Production Studio installer will skip the installation of those products.

Confirm that the silent installation is working correctly

Because this action installs Adobe Production Studio silently, it may also fail silently (although, in some cases the splash screen may appear before the installation fails).

To confirm that the installer is running, do one or more of the following:

— Check your Task Manager:

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to open the Task Manager and then select the Processes tab.

2. Look for the “Setup.exe” file on the Processes tab. Ff it is there, then the installation is occurring. If the Setup.exe file disappears before installation completes (for example, in less than 20 minutes), then your installation may have failed.

— Check to see that Adobe applications begin to appear in your Start > Programs list.

— Check for the installation log file. The installer creates a log file called suiteinstaller2.0.txt. You can check for this file at <root>:Documents and Settings<user name>Local SettingsTemp. Please refer the suiteinstaller2.0.txt file.

Note: The Temp folder is a hidden folder. See instructions on revealing hidden files and folder in the “What’s covered” section of this document.