MSI Installer

Besides the EXE Installer PDFCreator Professional, PDFCreator Terminal Server and PDFCreator Custom also come with a MSI installer. The installer comes in two versions, one for 32 bit (x86) and one for 64 bit (x64) editions of Windows. To reduce the file size of the msi zip file, the x86 MSI installer must be build by executing the “Readme-And-Build-x86_msi.cmd”.

When deploying PDFCreator, you should make sure to deploy the correct version.

You have different options to install PDFCreator Professional, which are described below.

Installing from the Command Line

When installing on a single machine, the command line is the easiest way.

If your machine is behind a proxy server, it is necessary to call the setup with all parameters, even if their values are empty.

You can call the MSI like this, depending on your CPU architecture:

PDFCreator-X_X_X-setup_x86.msi LICENSEKEY=<YOUR-LICENSEKEY>
or
PDFCreator-X_X_X-setup_x64.msi LICENSEKEY=<YOUR-LICENSEKEY>

Available parameters:

LICENSEKEY=<YOUR-LICENSEKEY>

ADDLOCAL=<MAINPROGRAM,HOTFOLDER,IMAGES2PDF>

PROXYNAME=<NAME-OF-YOUR-PROXY:PORT>

PROXYUSERNAME=<NAME-OF-YOUR-PROXY-LOGIN>

PROXYPASSWORD=<PASSWORD-OF-YOUR-PROXY-LOGIN>

If you want to deactivate the context menu entries or the start menu entries please use the following parameters:

NOCONTEXTMENU=1

NOSTARTMENU=1

If you don’t want to install all features you can use the ADDLOCAL parameter to install only the desired features.

Allowed feature names are:

Feature name

Description

MAINPROGRAM

PDFCreator and it’s main components. (obligatory)

DESKTOP_SHORTCUT

A link icon on the desktop for PDFCreator.

HOTFOLDER

The HotFolder program.

HOTFOLDER_DESKTOP_SHORTCUT

A link icon on the desktop for HotFolder.

IMAGES2PDF

The Images2PDF program.

IMAGIMAGES2PDF_DESKTOP_SHORTCUTES2PDF

A link icon on the desktop for Images2PDF.


Samples:

PDFCreator-X_X_X-setup-pdfforge_x86.msi LICENSEKEY=01234-56789-ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PQRST
PDFCreator-X_X_X-setup-pdfforge_x64.msi LICENSEKEY=01234-56789-ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PQRST
PDFCreator-X_X_X-setup-pdfforge_x64.msi LICENSEKEY=01234-56789-ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PQRST
   ADDLOCAL=MAINPROGRAM
PDFCreator-X_X_X-setup-pdfforge_x64.msi LICENSEKEY=01234-56789-ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PQRST
   ADDLOCAL=MAINPROGRAM,IMAGES2PDF
PDFCreator-X_X_X-setup-pdfforge_x86.msi LICENSEKEY=01234-56789-ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PQRST
   PROXYNAME=proxy1:8088 PROXYUSERNAME=JohnSmith PROXYPASSWORD=MyPassword

Create an Administrative Installation Point

If you want to deploy the MSI package of PDFCreator Professional using an Active Directory, you can use an Administrative Installation Point. An Administrative Installation Point is a special directory which you can create with msiexec, the MSI package and necessary parameters.

After creating the Administrative Installation Point you can put this directory on your network share. This directory contains a much smaller MSI file and some extracted files.

Samples:

Create a new directory for these samples “C:\PDFCreator_AIP”.

msiexec /a PDFCreator-X_X_X-setup-pdfforge.msi TARGETDIR=C:\PDFCreator_AIP
   LICENSEKEY=01234-56789-ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PQRST

msiexec /a PDFCreator-X_X_X-setup-pdfforge.msi TARGETDIR=C:\PDFCreator_AIP
   LICENSEKEY=01234-56789-ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PQRST PROXYNAME=proxy1:8088
   PROXYUSERNAME=JohnSmith PROXYPASSWORD=MyPassword

Deploying PDFCreator through Active Directory

At first create an Administrative Installation Point and move this directory to your network share for software distribution. Create a GPO for software distribution and use the MSI file from the directory of the Administrative Installation Point.