Silent install of Adobe Flash v22 + forcing uninstallation of v10 + v11

We recently had a requirement to ensure all laptops were running the latest version v22 of Adobe Flash on our Windows 7 laptops, and a quick query in SCCM showed 95% were on version 21 which was good, but a number were stuck on version 10 and 11!  A lot of troubleshooting later and it turns out that the uninstall of these versions was the cause, as it was leaving behind some registry entries that caused the new version to fail installation.

 

After combining a few vbs scripts I came up with the following vbs script that removes the registry entries in order for the uninstall to complete, and the install to work.  If you need to alter it, locate the GUID  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\xxx where xxx is the adobe flash installation. the sub keys will tell you whether it is or not.

removeRegTraces.vbs

'this script removes remnants of flash player from SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\ 
On Error Resume Next
Const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE = &H80000002

strComputer = "."

Set objRegistry = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")

'adobe flash 10.3.183.5
strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\C4DD4D27947025346BE3A7C7296834E0"
if KeyExists(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath) = True then
   DeleteSubkeys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeypath 
end if

'adobe flash 11.0.1.152
strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\03797D32A1CEE534388FAABEEF25730B"
if KeyExists(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath) = True then
   DeleteSubkeys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeypath 
end if

' adobe flash 16.0.0.305
strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\0418CB86AAF391446BEECC6FB06EAD2B"
if KeyExists(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath) = True then
   DeleteSubkeys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeypath 
end if



Sub DeleteSubkeys(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath) 
 objRegistry.EnumKey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath, arrSubkeys 

 If IsArray(arrSubkeys) Then 
   For Each strSubkey In arrSubkeys 
   DeleteSubkeys HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath & "\" & strSubkey 
   Next 
 End If 

 objRegistry.DeleteKey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, strKeyPath 
End Sub


Function KeyExists(Key, KeyPath)
 Dim oReg: Set oReg = GetObject("winmgmts:!root/default:StdRegProv")
   If oReg.EnumKey(Key, KeyPath, arrSubKeys) = 0 Then
     KeyExists = True
   Else
     KeyExists = False
   End If
End Function

Along with uninstall_flash_player.exe http://download.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player.exe

And an mms.cfg file to stop auto updates I managed to get it complete successfully, and now all 1000 windows 7 machines are upgrading fine 🙂

 

Here is the mms.cfg file contents

SilentAutoUpdateEnable=0
AutoUpdateDisable=1

 

And the batch file that is run that carries out all the above actions.

@echo off
"%~dp0uninstall_flash_player.exe" -uninstall
@call cscript "%~dp0removeRegTraces.vbs"
msiexec /i "%~dp0install_flash_player_22_active_x.msi" /qn
del /s c:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash\mms.cfg
copy /y "%~dp0mms.cfg" c:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash

 

upgrade folder contents

adobe upgrade

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