Roxio Drag2Disk global uninstall

I had an issue with one of my clients this week and slow workstation start up times. Looking through the items that were running for all users at login was Roxio Drag2Disk as someone had not taken it out of the standard software image. The client didn’t use or need the software so I looked at a way to uninstall the various components without having to visit each machine individually (Yes we will be removing it from the image).

I thought it would be useful to get the script out there in case others need to accomplish the same task. If you want to use it just dump it somewhere central on your network (eg NETLOGON) and then run it as a startup script in a Group Policy Object

Script is below

Adobe Reader X Protected Mode

I started to deploy Adobe Reader X to one of my clients the other day and found that users were unable to open files on shared drives mapped to our DFS. Searching through the web I found the following KB article from Adobe (http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/860/cpsid_86063.html)

Cannot open PDF files whose source is DFS or NFS: PDF files in shared locations on a distributed  or networked file system (DFS/NFS) cannot be opened. Attempting to open such a file results in an error opening this document. Access denied.”

Initially I thought I would have to remove Adobe from all the workstations however a quick look in the registry found the place where this has been set – HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAdobeAcrobat Reader10.0Privileged. To get around the problem I added the following to my login script to force the “bProtectedMode” value to 0

reg add “HKCUSoftwareAdobeAcrobat Reader10.0Privileged” /v bProtectedMode /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

This is definitely one to watch out for if rolling out Adobe Reader via GPO.