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Posted on 2014-10-15
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Hi everyone,

Basically, I am trying to disable Adobe updates in registry for Acrobat, Reader or anything that uses the method below. As per adobe documentation:

1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\{product}\{version}\
FeatureLockdown.
2. Create the new DWord bUpdater.
3. Set the value to 0.

Below is what I think should be the solution and what I have tried. If there is a better way, please let me know.

What I have thought of so far is returning each name in parent ..\Adobe, and for each return the names and in each create the new DWord/set value to zero.

The python-esque/plain english logic would be:

path = "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\"

for product in path:
  for version in product:
    finalPath = path + "FeatureLockDown"
    New-Item -Path finalPath bUpdater -Force
    Set-Item -Path finalPath -Value 0

So far, I haven't been able to store the individual products in the paths, let alone iterate, and repeat the process in the child, then set the variables.

The closest I've gotten:
$(Get-childItem HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\).Name | foreach {Write-Host $_}

This returns the name on one of my machines where there is only 1 product. When there is 2, it returns blank.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Updates (Removed older updates):

foreach ($product in Get-childItem HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\ -Recurse) {
  If ($product.Name.Contains("FeatureLockDown") -and (-Not($product.Name.Contains("FeatureLockDown\")))) {
    Write-Host $product
  }
}

returns "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\{product}\{version}\
FeatureLockdown"
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Well, the command to just set one would be like:
New-ItemProperty "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\FeatureLockDown" -Name bUpdater -propertyType DWORD -Value "0x00000000" -Force | Out-Null

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I only have the one product installed, but I think the following would work for multiple.
Get-Item "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\*\*\FeatureLockdown" | New-ItemProperty -Name bUpdater -PropertyType DWORD -Value "0x00000000" -Force | Out-Null

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by:scsyeg
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That might be a cleaner method than my own that ended up working:

foreach ($product in Get-childItem HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\ -Recurse) {
  If ($product.Name.Contains("FeatureLockDown") -and (!($product.Name.Contains("FeatureLockDown\")))) {
    $productPath = $product -replace "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Policies\\Adobe\\","HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\"
    New-ItemProperty -Path $productPath -Name "bUpdater" -PropertyType "DWORD" -Value 0 -force #-ErrorAction silentlycontinue
  }
}

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Which do you like better? Why?
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I like mine just because it's cleaner and I like to use the pipeline whenever I can.  There's also not as many operations.
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