Can't change default app from Acrobat Reader DC to Acrobat

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  1.    14 Nov 2015 #21

    It thought about doing that. I'm comfortable with editing registry items and have done so for years. Although I suspect that Reader probably looks at specific keys each time it runs and reverses any user edits to ensure the Reader is the most "secure" PDF application. That's how I would code if I were the developer. Nonetheless I will have a go at it and report back. Who knows, I might get lucky,
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  2.    14 Nov 2015 #22

    The solution turns out to be installing Reader XI in lieu of Reader DC. Reader XI at can be found at: Although the page title is Adobe Reader DC Distribution you can select "Reader 11.1.10 English for Windows" in the Step 3 dropdown. The downloaded install file is "AdobeRe11010_en_US.exe".

    During the installation a dialogue box allows you to decide if it becomes the default pdf handler.
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    This option is not available with Reader DC.
    During the installation of Reader XI the pdf file association is changed to Edge so you'll need to change it back to Acrobat 9.5. That's it all done. Just remember not to accept and upgrade to Reader DC in the future.
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  3.    14 Nov 2015 #23

    cormanaz said: View Post
    I am trying to use the default programs app on the control pabel to set Acrobat 9.5 as the default viewer for pdf files. I also have Acrobat Reader DC installed. Neither program appears on the "set your default programs" screen so I changed it on the file associations screen. But Reader DC is still opening the .pdf files by default. I checked back on the default programs app, and the associations screen still lists Reader DC as the default app. But when I click the change program button it asks me if I want to keep the association with Acrobat 9.5! (see screenshot). This is very odd. How to fix?
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    Hi cormanaz.
    Please see my latest post (#22). I think it will solve your problem, it solved mine. Let me know if you have any questions. If it does then please mark this thread as solved.
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  4.    14 Dec 2015 #24

    SoFine409 said: View Post
    Hi cormanaz.
    Please see my latest post (#22). I think it will solve your problem, it solved mine. Let me know if you have any questions. If it does then please mark this thread as solved.
    I run Acrobat 11 Pro, and Reader is not installed. I've been though every suggestion mentioned, including manually editing the registry. No joy. Note that this issue appeared after I upgraded to my Win 10 Pro x64 to the latest patch - Build 10586. I can load a PDF in Acrobat with the "Edit with" context menu, but that's not satisfactory. If I install Reader, I would not want it as my default when I have Pro. Thanks.
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  5.    14 Dec 2015 #25

    Hi JimmyW. I'm not sure I understand how you want Acrobat to behave. Do you want to have PDF that IE opens to appear in Acrobat?
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  6.    14 Dec 2015 #26

    Thanks. I want Acrobat Pro to open when I click on a PDF. Now, it opens in Edge.
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  7.    14 Dec 2015 #27

    JimmyW said: View Post
    Thanks. I want Acrobat Pro to open when I click on a PDF. Now, it opens in Edge.
    So you've tried using the "Set As Default PDF Handler" preferences in Acrobat? I believe that its all the way at the bottom of the General section, at least it is on my Adobe Reader DL. I can not reproduce the problem since I have Acrobat Reader DC on one PC and Acrobat 9 on the other but neither of them opens pdf's in Edge. Maybe try uninstalling Adobe Pro and then reinstalling it.
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  8.    23 Dec 2015 #28

    Many thanks for your posts, SoFine409; I'm just about to try out your solution. My problem is more or less the same, except I am using Adobe Acrobat 8.3. I cannot afford the current version, nor do I really need it since Acrobat 8.3 does work perfectly well with Windows 10.

    Personally, I don't want Adobe Reader, but without it the thumbnails of PDF documents will not show in Windows Explorer. Have you also experienced this?

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  9.    23 Dec 2015 #29

    Hi Florio, I still have Reader XI and Acrobat 9 installed so I can't answer your question but if you install Reader XI and not Reader DL then you should be fine as both products will behave and you'll be able to have PDFs open in Acrobat and not Reader. Although I set the preferences in Reader not to update it still kept nagging me to update to Reader DL. I eventually had to go to the Event Scheduler and turn off the Adobe Updater. Everything now works just like I want it to.
    Happy Holidays
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  10.    23 Dec 2015 #30

    Hi SoFine409.
    Just after writing earlier, I experienced a major Windows 10 upgrade, after which I noticed that a few programs had disappeared without trace (including CCleaner), and that Microsoft Edge was the default program for reading PDF files!! Anyway, I uninstalled Reader DC and installed Reader XI (choosing to update manually), but immediately I had no PDF previews in Windows Explorer. So I removed Reader XI and installed a program called PDF X-Change Viewer. Now I have my PDF previews again in Windows Explorer, but no Adobe icons when using 'details' view. And Microsoft Edge remains the default application for PDF files. How is that possible??!!
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