Downloading and installing Adobe Reader with PowerShell

Sometimes you need to force Adobe Reader update non-interactively on a fleet of PCs. Perhaps, a zero-day vulnerability has been discovered or the auto-updater was turned off at some point. There are tons of scripts on this subject on the Internet, but very few actually work. The main reason is — most of them work by enumerating files on Adobe FTP site, then attempt to infer and download the most recent one. The problem here is that Adobe stopped updating their FTP a long time ago in the favor of a more modern CDN-based update site. There’s also some scripts that attempt to screenscrape the latest download link via regular expressions from the Adobe Reader download page. This method is quite fragile, and may change as Adobe updates the download page. Read more