February 15 2010

MSI file for Adobe Reader, Flash Player and Shockwave Player

I’ve often needed to obtain the MSI or a single EXE file for an enterprise deployment of Adobe Reader, Flash Player or Shockwave Player. Adobe now provide a single web page where you can request a license to download these files:


Don’t worry – there is no cost to it. The form only took me a few minutes to fill out and then a couple of minutes later I received an email with links to download the MSIs and EXEs.

A worthy side note is the installation parameters for a silent install – for the MSIs obviously you can use something like ‘msiexec /i filename.msi /qb-!’, but Reader only comes as an executable – use ‘AdbeRdr930_en_US.exe /sAll’ for a silent install.

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October 29 2009

MSI Wind U100 netbook review

I’ve had my MSI Wind U100 for about 7 months now so it’s about time I wrote a quick review.

In a 2 line summary I would say that this is the best netbook I have seen. It is cheap, fast, easy to use and highly portable. I bought this netbook specifically because I was travelling and it was an excellent choice. I’ve had no problems with it and I would highly recommend the MSI Wind U100 to anyone.

I would recommend the relatively cheap upgrade to 2GB RAM. I’ve found the MSI support site to be excellent and the drivers on the site have all been updated for Windows 7, with which the machine boots up quite fast.

Highly recommended!

Favourite points:

  • 3 x USB 2.0 ports come in very useful
  • Battery life is quite good – get about 3 hours out of it
  • Full sized keyboard is very easy to use
  • A good weight and size for travelling
  • The rounded edges and glossy finish make it aesthetically pleasing
  • Wider screen than other brands

Negative points:

  • The built in speaker is underneath and therefore you lose some of the volume. If I’m using it for Skype or watching a movie I’ll usually connect a headset or external USB speaker.


MSI Wind U100
MSI Wind U100

Processor & Cache

Intel® Atom™ N270 1.6GHz processor

Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit

System Memory


LCD Display

10” 1024×600  LCD Panel


HD Audio, Stereo speakers




1.3M / 0.3M

Card Reader

4-in-1 Card Reader, SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro

Communication Port

Built-in 10/100 LAN
802.11b/g/n WLAN Card with Bluetooth Supported

I/O Port

Graphics Card Output (15-pin, D-Sub) X 1
USB2.0 Port X 3
Mic-in Port X 1/Line-in Port x 1
Headphone Output X 1
LAN Port X 1

AC Adaptor

Output: 20V DC, 40W / Input: 100~ 240V AC, 50/60Hz universal

Battery Pack & Life

3 cells

Dimension & Weight

260(L) X 180(D) X 19-31.5(H)mm
~1.0KG with 3 cell battery

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