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Disable automatic updates for Adobe Flash, Shockwave player & Reader

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: http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/welcome/
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 Acrobat.com 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
  1. rei
    July 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm


    Adobe’s forums seems to indicate 1/0 as valid values instead of yes/no. Was using “yes” a typo?


    Thanks for collecting this info.

    • Joris
      July 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

      value: n or y worked for me I think other keys are used in the Adobe forums. You need to just modify one registry key value within the MSI: SOFTWARE\Adobe\Shockwave 11\AutoUpdate

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