I have customized the installation of Photoshop CS6 and it installs fine. The only thing I cannot customize is the Shortcut location. All the icons come to StartMenu\Programs by default. I want to group them to another folder. Is it possible to customize this.


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Not sure this will work, since I'm working from memory here..

If I remember correctly CS apps used an ABCPY.ini file that stores installation settings, and there's a CA in the MSI to read values. Now, a little search on the internet taught me that you might want to try adding the following to the file:

[OEM Install]
ProgGroupName=Adobe Acrobat

and change as desired. I repeat though, this is untested.


Another option might be to put the following into the OptionXML file that got streamed into the MSI's binary table:

<Property name="StartMenuSubFolder">C:\Documents and settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Adobe\Illustrator CS4</Property>
Answered 08/09/2012 by: pjgeutjens
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  • Thanks a lot this is really helpful :)
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I'm pretty sure piyushnasa used the customization tool, and as far as I can see there's no option to change the icons location in the tool.

I know you're a skilled packager piyushnasa, and probably already checked it, but do the MSI(s) have any properties you could add to your install string?

I know in previous versions there was a response file (xml file if I recall correct) that you could use to install Adobe products if you didnt use the tool. Are there any in CS6 and could you use that?

Answered 08/08/2012 by: andemats
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  • Yes, I have used the Customization tool. Have checked the MSI but there are no shortcuts in the MSI. Nor there is any directory or Property which points to it. Have checked a lot of files/xml's in different folders, but don't understand from where it is creating these shortcuts.
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You may have to create a script to look for the existance of the files in c:\programdata\microsoft\start menu\programs and move them to the subfolder you want as a post install task.  I fought this with cs5 and just ended up creating a install batch file.

Answered 08/08/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • I think this will be the solution that I'll use. This will work well for me.
  • My specialty is not repackaging, My main focus is imaging and teir 3 desktop support so I have to get creative sometimes using the tools provided with the OS.
    Also a Tier 3 Googler
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Voted down my first answer so how about this?

only reference I found to what you want, may make sense to you.  hopefully helps


Answered 08/08/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • Thanks for this. I could see the OptionXML, but inside that also could not find anything for shortcuts. :(
  • Good find! Too bad he didint explain how he actually solved it.
  • If the optionXML can be posted do that and I wll lookaround some more today as my images capture to the server,
  • you can try to ask him also
  • piyush, did you try the property I mentioned in my post?
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yes no problem.use the adobe tool

Answered 08/08/2012 by: roni86
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  • I have a similar question, and I don't quite understand this answer. I am using AAMEE to customize the install, but I can't see any place to do this. Are you talking about another adobe tool?
  • I have used the tool only..
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