Installing Adobe Using Setup.exe

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Installing Adobe products is a simple process when you use the included setup.exe file that comes with all Adobe products. You can use this installation program to install an Adobe program, such as Acrobat or Photoshop, with a minimal amount of complications if you follow some basic guidelines.

Using the Splash Launcher

  • Most Adobe products come with an installation file that uses a "splash screen" launcher that prompts you to install the software. This splash launcher contains a few different options for what you can install or change with the program, and selecting an option launches the setup.exe file with a particular parameter. These splash screen installation programs are set to autostart once the installation CD or DVD has been inserted in your computer. If you have autostart turned off, you can locate the splash screen installation file by looking in the root directory of your installation CD or DVD. The launcher will typically be named something like "launcher.exe" or "startup.exe." If you cannot find the splash screen launcher, look in the root directory of the CD or DVD for a file called autorun.inf. Open this file with a text editor, and note what program is written inside of it, including the path to the program. The filename and path inside the autorun.inf file will be the filename and path to the splash screen launcher.

Open Setup.exe Directly

  • A setup.exe file is included with every Adobe product that allows you to install the program without having to see or deal with the splash launcher screen. This is useful when the splash launcher cannot be used for some reason, usually a system problem or issue with the installation files. Using the setup.exe file directly is a simple process of looking at the root directory of the installation CD or DVD and locating the file named "setup.exe." If this file is not in the root directory of the installation media, it may be located in a subfolder. If this is the case and you are unable to find the setup.exe file, you can run a search for it on the CD or DVD using your operating system's search tool.

Use Setup.exe for Repairs and Uninstallation

  • In addition to being used for installing Adobe products, the setup.exe file can be used to uninstall the products or to repair the installation if the program stops working properly. To perform an uninstallation or repair on a currently installed Adobe product, simply open the setup.exe file, and you will be prompted with the choice to either uninstall or repair the program.

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