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Adobe reader DC - Windows app (Win32)

Intune is the new modern way for managing Windows 10 devices. This includes delivering applications to users. Intune offers a wide range of possibilities for deploying applications. It is possible to deploy Windows 10 store apps, MSI files and EXE files. For .EXE files some additional actions have to be performed since .EXE files cannot be uploaded directly into Intune. The .EXE file needs to be packed into a .INTUNEWIM file which can then be used for deployment.

Application Microsoft endpoint manager (Intune)
Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center
Windows app (Win32)


Below are the steps required to convert an .EXE file into an IntuneWin file that can then be distributed with intune.

Download .EXE file
Adobe Reader DC - Enterprise Download
Local Folder preparation Local drive
Create Intunewin FileGitHub - IntuneWinAppUtil 
Deploy the win32 application with IntuneMicrosoft Endpoint Manager admin center
Test the ApplicationWindows 10 - Intune Client

In this Blog

In this blog I will show how to add a win32 application (Adobe Reader DC) to intune. Before we can add the Win32 app we need to figure out how to install the application Silent. Many manufacturers already have this information listed on the website. Through PowerShell, it is possible for many applications to retrieve the parameters by using "Application.exe /?"

Below sites of adobe all parameters can be found.

Downloads Adobe reader DC

Go to the Adobe reader website, the link can be found under steps. Choose which version you want to use.

  • Step 1 - Windows 10
  • Step 2 - English.
  • Step 3 - Adobe version.

Local Folder Preparation

The process for creating the INTUNEWIN file is to create three folders

  • IntuneWinAppUtil (Application for packaging the .EXE files)
  • Intune applications (Location for exe files)
  • IntuneApps (Location INTUNEWIN files)

Create Intunewin File (Adobe Reader DC)
GitHub - IntuneWinAppUtil

Downloaden via GitHub the IntuneWinAppUtil Application.

  • Open PowerShell and navigate to folder "IntuneWinAppUtil" Run "IntuneWinAppUtil.exe"
  • Specify the Source Folder "D:\Intune applicaties\Adobe Reader DC"
  • Specify the setup File "AcroRdrDC1900820071_nl_NL.exe"
  • Specify the Output Folder "D:\IntuneApps"
  • Do you want tot specify catalog folder (Y/N) "N"

Deploy the win32 application with Intune - Part 1 App information

Start by creating the application. You do this by following the steps

  • Login - Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center
  • On the left side press "APPS"
  • Under Apps | Overview choose the platform "Windows".
  • Press "Add" App Type "Windows App (Win32)"
  • Upload the created INTUNEWIM file. Complete all information; with red Star is required.

Deploy the win32 application with Intune - Part 2 Program

Specify the commands to install and uninstall this app:

  • Install commandAcroRdrDC1900820071_nl_NL.exe /sAll /rs /rps /msi /norestart /quiet DISABLEDESKTOPSHORTCUT=1 EULA_ACCEPT=YES
  • Uninstall commandmsiexec /x {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AC0F074E4100} /q 
  • If you do want to have a shortcut on the desktop remove DISABLEDESKTOPSHORTCUT=1

Deploy the win32 application with Intune - Part 3 Requirements

Specify the requirements that devices must meet before the app is installed:

  • Operation system architecture: 64-bit
  • Minimum operating system: Windows 10 1809
  • Disk Space required (MB): 100
  • The above can be filled in as you wish.

Deploy the win32 application with Intune - Part 4 Detection rules

Configure app specific rules used to detect the presence of the app

  • Manually Configure detection rules
  • Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader
  • File or folder: AcroRd32.exe
  • Detection method: File or folder exists

Deploy the win32 application with Intune - Part 5 Assignments

I want my users to get this app installed automatically. With this reason I choose "Required".

  • The group I selected is a group based on users
  • End user Notifications: Hide all Toast Notifications
  • Select "Next" and than "Create"

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