Archive for July, 2012

Windows 7: Offer Remote assistance

July 12, 2012 3 comments

It looks like Offer Remote Assistance is an hidden option within Windows 7. You need to create your own shortcut if you want to make use of it. It’s very easy but I need to remember it so I place this one on my blog:

Right click on your desktop – Create a new shortcut
Location of the item: %windir%\system32\msra.exe /offerra

Run the shortcut as an Administrator if you don’t have sufficient rights.

Some additional info:
Remote assistance is backward compatible so you can offer remote Assistance from Windows 7 to Windows XP. But you can’t use the Windows XP remote assistance to remotely control a Windows 7 machine.

Categories: Windows XP / 7

Disable automatic updates for Adobe Flash, Shockwave player & Reader

July 7, 2012 6 comments

In this post I will show you how to disable automatic updates for common Adobe tools like Adobe Flash Player & Adobe Shockwave Player. The things that Adobe writes in their Administration guides does not work always so I will show you at least what worked for me:

Adobe Flash Player (11.3)

The mms.cfg is working again for versions 11.3

  • Download Adobe Flash player MSI
  • Create a file with the name mms.cfg that contains AutoUpdateDisable=yes
  • 32-bit Windows editions:
    xcopy %0\..\mms.cfg “%Windir%\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash” /I /Y
  • 64-bit Windows editions
    xcopy %0\..\ mms.cfg “%Windir%\System32\Macromed\Flash ” /I /Y

Verify the settings in the Flash Player Settings Manager within control panel:

Adobe Shockwave Player (11.6)

For Adobe Shockwave Player I think the easiest way here is to modify the MSI properties:

  • Open sw_lic_full_installer.msi with SuperOrca.
    Navigate to the registry section and modify the value of the following two keys:
  • Key:SOFTWARE\Adobe\Shockwave 11\AutoUpdate
    Value: n
  • Key: SOFTWARE\Adobe\Shockwave 11\collectstats
    Value: n

SuperOrca Properties

Save the MSI and deploy.

Verify via:
Right click -> Shockwave Settings

Adobe Reader (10.x)

For Adobe Reader you can use the Customization wizard to disable automatic updates and further customize your settings.

  • Download Adobe Customization wizard 10
  • Download Adobe Reader 10.x & extract the exe to get the MSI
  • Go to the Online And Features: Disable all updates

An other thing I also disable to improve the Adobe Reader startup is disabling protected mode but it’s not recommend by Adobe:

Create a “bProtectedMode” Dword key with value 0 in HKLM\Software\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\FeatureLockDown

Install the Adobe Reader MSI with the saved mst file:

start /D%0\..\ /WAIT msiexec /i Acroread.msi  TRANSFORMS=AcroRead.mst /qb-!

Hope this helps!

Categories: Windows XP / 7