Create a Custom Detection Script for Adobe Reader DC (PowerShell)


Microsoft Endpoint Manager Configuration Manager (MEMCM / SCCM) and Microsoft Intune use Detection Rules to determine the presence of Applications & Win32 Apps. The detection rules ensure that application installations only begin to run if the application is not already installed on the device. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to create an updated custom detection script for each new version of Adobe Reader DC using PowerShell.

How to Create a Custom Detection Script for Adobe Reader DC

Adobe Reader DC (File Detection Method)

## Check for Adobe Reader DC (File Detection Method)
$ReaderDC = Get-ChildItem -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall","HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall" | Get-ItemProperty | Where-Object {$_.DisplayName -match 'Adobe Acrobat Reader DC' } | Select-Object -Property DisplayName, InstallLocation
$ReaderDCExe = "$($ReaderDC.InstallLocation)Reader\AcroRd32.exe"
$ReaderDCPath = $ReaderDCExe.Replace("C:\Program Files\","").Replace("C:\Program Files (x86)\","")
$FileVersion = (Get-Item -Path "$ReaderDCExe" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue).VersionInfo.FileVersion

## Create Text File with Adobe Reader DC File Detection Method
$FilePath = "C:\Windows\Temp\Adobe_Reader_DC_Detection_Method.txt"
New-Item -Path "$FilePath" -Force
Set-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "If([String](Get-Item -Path `"`$Env:ProgramFiles\$ReaderDCPath`",`"`${Env:ProgramFiles(x86)}\$ReaderDCPath`" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue).VersionInfo.FileVersion -ge `"$FileVersion`"){"
Add-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "Write-Host `"Installed`""
Add-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "}"
Invoke-Item $FilePath
  • Click Run Script (F5)
  • A text file will open with the Adobe Reader DC Detection Method script required to detect the current version of Adobe Reader DC that is installed on the device you are running the script from.

Example:

If([String](Get-Item -Path "$Env:ProgramFiles\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroRd32.exe","${Env:ProgramFiles(x86)}\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue).VersionInfo.FileVersion -ge "22.1.20142.0"){
Write-Host "Installed"
}

Adobe Reader DC (Registry Detection Method)

## Check for Adobe Reader DC (Registry Detection Method)
$ReaderDC = Get-ChildItem -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall","HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall" | Get-ItemProperty | Where-Object {$_.DisplayName -match 'Adobe Acrobat Reader DC' } | Select-Object -Property DisplayName, DisplayVersion, UninstallString
$ReaderDC.DisplayVersion
$GUID = $ReaderDC.UninstallString -replace 'MsiExec.exe /I', '' -replace 'MsiExec.exe /X', ''

## Create Text File with Adobe Reader DC Registry Detection Method
$FilePath = "C:\Windows\Temp\Adobe_Reader_DC_Detection_Method.txt"
New-Item -Path "$FilePath" -Force
Set-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "If([Version](Get-ItemPropertyValue -Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\$($GUID)','HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\$($GUID)' -Name DisplayVersion -ea SilentlyContinue) -ge '$($ReaderDC.DisplayVersion)') {"
Add-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "Write-Host `"Installed`""
Add-Content -Path "$FilePath" -Value "}"
Invoke-Item $FilePath
  • Click Run Script (F5)
  • A text file will open with the Adobe Reader DC Detection Method script required to detect the current version of Adobe Reader DC that is installed on the device you are running the script from.

Example:

If([Version](Get-ItemPropertyValue -Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AC0F074E4100}','HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AC0F074E4100}' -Name DisplayVersion -ea SilentlyContinue) -ge '22.001.20169') {
Write-Host "Installed"
}

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

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