Cute PDF .msi

Posted on 2005-05-16
Last Modified: 2011-09-13

I need to deploy cute pdf writer to a couple of hundred machines - and want to avoid doing it manually.

I assume an msi package deployed using AD would be best - although I know nothing about packaging applications.

Does anyone know if it's possible to download a pre-packaged version of cute PDF?  (considering its a free application)

or any tips on an easy way to package it!


Question by:olivesecurity
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    Accepted Solution

    I found this solution for making a CutePDF MSI Installer.

    I highly reccomend using a virtual machine and undo disks for your testing on this as it saved me days worth of time.

    use winINSTALL LE 2003 (it's free)

    boot to a clean (patched) install on your virtual machine browse to the network location where you have Discover.

    For the Before Scan, follow the prompts, making sure to REMOVE the exclusions to the HKLM\System\*, HKLM\Software\*, and HKCU\Software\* paths
    You also need to make sure REMOVE the exclusion to the System32\* folder

    Install the converter program, and then the CutePDF installer

    ReRun Discover.

    Open the MSI in the WinINSTALL Console.
    remove the shortcut for the uninstall app (it's installed with an MSI, the other app will just cause problems)
    remove any registry values that are not contained under the following locations (in case you did something extra that Discover cought):

    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

    Then go through each and every registry location where you see the Printer Port listed (CPW2:) and note that most of them will be replaced with CPW[WIPROP00000001]

    Change that to CPW2[\:] for EVERY place that it's not listed as CPW2:

    Then go to the HKLM\Win..nt\....\DsSpooler\ key and change the enterys where it lists your computer name with [ComputerName] for each of the 3 cases (uNCName will be set to "\\[ComputerName]\CutePDF Writer"

    Change to install mode to machine ONLY and require reboot after install, and then manually add the following registry value to the following location:

    CutePDF Writer Install REG_SZ C:\windows\system32\rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /b "CutePDF Writer" /f "C:\windows\inf\ntprint.inf" /r "CPW2:" /m "Apple Color LW 12/660 PS" /z /u

    Then compress your package, and reset your virtual machine (assuming you have made sure to move the files off the virtual machine first)

    Install the package, say yes to reboot, when it boots back up, you should have a CutePDF printer installed.

    Hope it helps.


    Author Comment


    i havent had time to do it yet, but i will!

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