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PDF's won't Associate with Acrobat

  1. #1


    adamsr2 Guest

    PDF's won't Associate with Acrobat

    I can’t get Windows Vista Professional to associate my .pdf files with my
    Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1. This became a problem after I had to completely
    uninstall and re-install Adobe Acrobat. All my .pdf files are reachable if I
    open Adobe Acrobat first and within Adobe Acrobat navigate to open the files.
    I tried re-installing Adobe Acrobat but that didn’t help.

    I worked with file association by right clicking a .pdf file and choosing
    “Open With…” I get to the “Open With” window which doesn’t have Adobe
    Acrobat listed among the “Recommended Programs” or “Other Programs”. So, I
    click on “Browse”. This takes me to the “Open With” navigation tree window.
    I navigate to the Adobe Acrobat exe file. I single click on the file.
    “Adobe” is entered in the File Name field below. Then I click on “Open” (the
    default choice). This takes me back to the “Open With” window. But Adobe
    Acrobat is not added to this window as the “Recommended Program” or as an
    “Other Program” for me to select. I checked to make sure in the navigation
    window that I really have selected the Adobe Acrobat exe file. I double
    click on it and Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0 opens up.

    I have gone into the Control Panel Default Programs settings, Associate a
    file type, and done the same thing. But this eventually takes me to the
    “Open With” windows and the result is the same. I tried doing “Start” then
    “Default Programs” and still get the same result.

    One thing which could be affecting this, but I don’t think it shouldn’t, is
    I departed from the default install folder of Program Files/Adobe/Acrobat 8.0
    to install the program. I installed it in Program Files/Adobe/Acrobat 810
    because of some problems with uninstalling my previous version of Acrobat 8.

    Pdf files on the internet are unaffected. I am logged on as administrator.
    My HKey_Classes_Root registry for PDF has a sub-folder OpenWithList which as
    a sub-folder Acrobat.exe. The key is a default REG_SZ.

    How can I get Vista to associate my .pdf’s with Acrobat?


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  3. #2


    dean-dean Guest

    Re: PDF's won't Associate with Acrobat

    In the key

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AcroExch.Document\Shell\Open\Command

    what is the value? I have Adobe Reader, but it should look something like
    this:

    "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" "%1"

    Of course, the path and names will be different for Adobe Acrobat on your
    computer. Note that the path is in quotes, followed by a space, followed by
    %1 in quotes.


    "adamsr2" <adamsr2@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    newsE9F76E0-531E-4F31-8AFB-275C1582DEF8@microsoft.com...
    >I can’t get Windows Vista Professional to associate my .pdf files with my
    > Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1. This became a problem after I had to
    > completely
    > uninstall and re-install Adobe Acrobat. All my .pdf files are reachable
    > if I
    > open Adobe Acrobat first and within Adobe Acrobat navigate to open the
    > files.
    > I tried re-installing Adobe Acrobat but that didn’t help.
    >
    > I worked with file association by right clicking a .pdf file and choosing
    > “Open With…” I get to the “Open With” window which doesn’t have Adobe
    > Acrobat listed among the “Recommended Programs” or “Other Programs”. So,
    > I
    > click on “Browse”. This takes me to the “Open With” navigation tree
    > window.
    > I navigate to the Adobe Acrobat exe file. I single click on the file.
    > “Adobe” is entered in the File Name field below. Then I click on “Open”
    > (the
    > default choice). This takes me back to the “Open With” window. But
    > Adobe
    > Acrobat is not added to this window as the “Recommended Program” or as an
    > “Other Program” for me to select. I checked to make sure in the
    > navigation
    > window that I really have selected the Adobe Acrobat exe file. I double
    > click on it and Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0 opens up.
    >
    > I have gone into the Control Panel Default Programs settings, Associate a
    > file type, and done the same thing. But this eventually takes me to the
    > “Open With” windows and the result is the same. I tried doing “Start”
    > then
    > “Default Programs” and still get the same result.
    >
    > One thing which could be affecting this, but I don’t think it shouldn’t,
    > is
    > I departed from the default install folder of Program Files/Adobe/Acrobat
    > 8.0
    > to install the program. I installed it in Program Files/Adobe/Acrobat 810
    > because of some problems with uninstalling my previous version of Acrobat
    > 8.
    >
    > Pdf files on the internet are unaffected. I am logged on as administrator.
    > My HKey_Classes_Root registry for PDF has a sub-folder OpenWithList which
    > as
    > a sub-folder Acrobat.exe. The key is a default REG_SZ.
    >
    > How can I get Vista to associate my .pdf’s with Acrobat?
    >



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  4. #3


    adamsr2 Guest

    Re: PDF's won't Associate with Acrobat

    Thanks for the information, but still no cigar.

    In the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AcroExch.Document\Shell\Open\Command key I had
    "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe" "%1" The Acrobat
    8.0 folder does not have the Acrobat.exe. So, I changed the key to read:
    "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 810\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe" "%1" This is where
    the Acrobat.exe is locate.

    But that didn't change anything. Have you got any more suggestions?

    Thanks....


    "dean-dean" wrote:

    > In the key
    >
    > HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AcroExch.Document\Shell\Open\Command
    >
    > what is the value? I have Adobe Reader, but it should look something like
    > this:
    >
    > "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" "%1"
    >
    > Of course, the path and names will be different for Adobe Acrobat on your
    > computer. Note that the path is in quotes, followed by a space, followed by
    > %1 in quotes.
    >
    >
    > "adamsr2" <adamsr2@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > newsE9F76E0-531E-4F31-8AFB-275C1582DEF8@microsoft.com...
    > >I can’t get Windows Vista Professional to associate my .pdf files with my
    > > Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1. This became a problem after I had to
    > > completely
    > > uninstall and re-install Adobe Acrobat. All my .pdf files are reachable
    > > if I
    > > open Adobe Acrobat first and within Adobe Acrobat navigate to open the
    > > files.
    > > I tried re-installing Adobe Acrobat but that didn’t help.
    > >
    > > I worked with file association by right clicking a .pdf file and choosing
    > > “Open With…” I get to the “Open With” window which doesn’t have Adobe
    > > Acrobat listed among the “Recommended Programs” or “Other Programs”. So,
    > > I
    > > click on “Browse”. This takes me to the “Open With” navigation tree
    > > window.
    > > I navigate to the Adobe Acrobat exe file. I single click on the file.
    > > “Adobe” is entered in the File Name field below. Then I click on “Open”
    > > (the
    > > default choice). This takes me back to the “Open With” window. But
    > > Adobe
    > > Acrobat is not added to this window as the “Recommended Program” or as an
    > > “Other Program” for me to select. I checked to make sure in the
    > > navigation
    > > window that I really have selected the Adobe Acrobat exe file. I double
    > > click on it and Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0 opens up.
    > >
    > > I have gone into the Control Panel Default Programs settings, Associate a
    > > file type, and done the same thing. But this eventually takes me to the
    > > “Open With” windows and the result is the same. I tried doing “Start”
    > > then
    > > “Default Programs” and still get the same result.
    > >
    > > One thing which could be affecting this, but I don’t think it shouldn’t,
    > > is
    > > I departed from the default install folder of Program Files/Adobe/Acrobat
    > > 8.0
    > > to install the program. I installed it in Program Files/Adobe/Acrobat 810
    > > because of some problems with uninstalling my previous version of Acrobat
    > > 8.
    > >
    > > Pdf files on the internet are unaffected. I am logged on as administrator.
    > > My HKey_Classes_Root registry for PDF has a sub-folder OpenWithList which
    > > as
    > > a sub-folder Acrobat.exe. The key is a default REG_SZ.
    > >
    > > How can I get Vista to associate my .pdf’s with Acrobat?
    > >

    >
    >


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  5. #4


    dean-dean Guest

    Re: PDF's won't Associate with Acrobat

    I think I would do this. Adobe writes a slew of registry entries when it is
    installed that have path referrals. The fact that that one key seems to be
    written incorrectly may only be the tip of the iceburg. I would uninstall
    Acrobat, delete any Acrobat folder under C:\Program Files\Adobe\ (e.g.,
    Acrobat 8.0, Acrobat 810), and, in the Registry, delete these keys (on the
    left-hand side of the pane) (if ithey still exist):

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.pdf
    and
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.pdf

    Also delete these folders (if they still exist):
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat
    C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Acrobat
    C:\Users\(Your Name)\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat
    C:\Users\(Your Name)\AppData\Local\Adobe\Acrobat

    Download and install the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility, found here:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

    Run Windows Install Clean Up (a shortcut should be
    in the Start Menu). Highlight all references to Acrobat (only!), if they
    exist, and click on Remove.

    Now install Acrobat using the Installer's default settings, e.g., don't
    change the path. Hopefully, things will work correctly after all that.

    "adamsr2" <adamsr2@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:03777BDD-BF9E-48EA-BB05-DE9D7E21D2D9@microsoft.com...
    > Thanks for the information, but still no cigar.
    >
    > In the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AcroExch.Document\Shell\Open\Command key I had
    > "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe" "%1" The Acrobat
    > 8.0 folder does not have the Acrobat.exe. So, I changed the key to read:
    > "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 810\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe" "%1" This is
    > where
    > the Acrobat.exe is locate.
    >
    > But that didn't change anything. Have you got any more suggestions?
    >
    > Thanks....
    >
    >
    > "dean-dean" wrote:
    >
    >> In the key
    >>
    >> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AcroExch.Document\Shell\Open\Command
    >>
    >> what is the value? I have Adobe Reader, but it should look something
    >> like
    >> this:
    >>
    >> "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" "%1"
    >>
    >> Of course, the path and names will be different for Adobe Acrobat on your
    >> computer. Note that the path is in quotes, followed by a space, followed
    >> by
    >> %1 in quotes.
    >>
    >>
    >> "adamsr2" <adamsr2@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> newsE9F76E0-531E-4F31-8AFB-275C1582DEF8@microsoft.com...
    >> >I can’t get Windows Vista Professional to associate my .pdf files with
    >> >my
    >> > Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1. This became a problem after I had to
    >> > completely
    >> > uninstall and re-install Adobe Acrobat. All my .pdf files are
    >> > reachable
    >> > if I
    >> > open Adobe Acrobat first and within Adobe Acrobat navigate to open the
    >> > files.
    >> > I tried re-installing Adobe Acrobat but that didn’t help.
    >> >
    >> > I worked with file association by right clicking a .pdf file and
    >> > choosing
    >> > “Open With…” I get to the “Open With” window which doesn’t have Adobe
    >> > Acrobat listed among the “Recommended Programs” or “Other Programs”.
    >> > So,
    >> > I
    >> > click on “Browse”. This takes me to the “Open With” navigation tree
    >> > window.
    >> > I navigate to the Adobe Acrobat exe file. I single click on the file.
    >> > “Adobe” is entered in the File Name field below. Then I click on
    >> > “Open”
    >> > (the
    >> > default choice). This takes me back to the “Open With” window. But
    >> > Adobe
    >> > Acrobat is not added to this window as the “Recommended Program” or as
    >> > an
    >> > “Other Program” for me to select. I checked to make sure in the
    >> > navigation
    >> > window that I really have selected the Adobe Acrobat exe file. I
    >> > double
    >> > click on it and Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0 opens up.
    >> >
    >> > I have gone into the Control Panel Default Programs settings, Associate
    >> > a
    >> > file type, and done the same thing. But this eventually takes me to
    >> > the
    >> > “Open With” windows and the result is the same. I tried doing “Start”
    >> > then
    >> > “Default Programs” and still get the same result.
    >> >
    >> > One thing which could be affecting this, but I don’t think it shouldn’t,
    >> > is
    >> > I departed from the default install folder of Program
    >> > Files/Adobe/Acrobat
    >> > 8.0
    >> > to install the program. I installed it in Program Files/Adobe/Acrobat
    >> > 810
    >> > because of some problems with uninstalling my previous version of
    >> > Acrobat
    >> > 8.
    >> >
    >> > Pdf files on the internet are unaffected. I am logged on as
    >> > administrator.
    >> > My HKey_Classes_Root registry for PDF has a sub-folder OpenWithList
    >> > which
    >> > as
    >> > a sub-folder Acrobat.exe. The key is a default REG_SZ.
    >> >
    >> > How can I get Vista to associate my .pdf’s with Acrobat?
    >> >

    >>
    >>



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  6. #5


    adamsr2 Guest

    RE: PDF's won't Associate with Acrobat

    I have success!

    I took your strategy of Acrobat 8.0 references in my registry to the
    extreme. I found I had over three dozen Acrobat 8.0 references in the
    Classes_Root. So, I backed up my registry and created a new restore point
    and changed seven more in addition to the one you suggested. It worked! I
    went into default programs and found Adobe Acrobat 8.0 as one of the
    recommended programs. I clicked on it and viola! I had the correct
    association. I also opened a few pdf files to make sure it worked. It did!

    Here are the keys I changed (al in classes_root):
    Acrobat\defaultIcon
    Acrobat\Shell\Open\Command
    AcroExch.Document\Shell\Open\Command
    AcroExch.Document\Shell\print\Command
    AcroExcg.Document\Shell\printto\Command
    AcroExch.Document.7\protocol\StdFileEditing\server
    ArcoExch.Document.7\Shell\open\Command
    ArcoExch.Document.7\Shell\Print\Command
    ArchExch.Document.7\Shell\Printto\Command

    I probably was overkill, but everything seems to work. Thanks so much!

    "adamsr2" wrote:

    > I can’t get Windows Vista Professional to associate my .pdf files with my
    > Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1. This became a problem after I had to completely
    > uninstall and re-install Adobe Acrobat. All my .pdf files are reachable if I
    > open Adobe Acrobat first and within Adobe Acrobat navigate to open the files.
    > I tried re-installing Adobe Acrobat but that didn’t help.
    >
    > I worked with file association by right clicking a .pdf file and choosing
    > “Open With…” I get to the “Open With” window which doesn’t have Adobe
    > Acrobat listed among the “Recommended Programs” or “Other Programs”. So, I
    > click on “Browse”. This takes me to the “Open With” navigation tree window.
    > I navigate to the Adobe Acrobat exe file. I single click on the file.
    > “Adobe” is entered in the File Name field below. Then I click on “Open” (the
    > default choice). This takes me back to the “Open With” window. But Adobe
    > Acrobat is not added to this window as the “Recommended Program” or as an
    > “Other Program” for me to select. I checked to make sure in the navigation
    > window that I really have selected the Adobe Acrobat exe file. I double
    > click on it and Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0 opens up.
    >
    > I have gone into the Control Panel Default Programs settings, Associate a
    > file type, and done the same thing. But this eventually takes me to the
    > “Open With” windows and the result is the same. I tried doing “Start” then
    > “Default Programs” and still get the same result.
    >
    > One thing which could be affecting this, but I don’t think it shouldn’t, is
    > I departed from the default install folder of Program Files/Adobe/Acrobat 8.0
    > to install the program. I installed it in Program Files/Adobe/Acrobat 810
    > because of some problems with uninstalling my previous version of Acrobat 8.
    >
    > Pdf files on the internet are unaffected. I am logged on as administrator.
    > My HKey_Classes_Root registry for PDF has a sub-folder OpenWithList which as
    > a sub-folder Acrobat.exe. The key is a default REG_SZ.
    >
    > How can I get Vista to associate my .pdf’s with Acrobat?
    >


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