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

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  1.    23 Dec 2015 #31

    Hi Florio,
    I don't think you need PDF X-Xchange as long as you still have Acrobat 8.3. I think all you need to do in WIN10 is goto Settings - System - Default Apps - Choose Default Apps by File Type. Then scroll down the list to find PDF and then click on Edge and change it to Acrobat. That should set everything right and restore your Adobe icons in File Explorer and on your desktop. You might also need to open Acrobat and go to Edit - Preferences -Internet and then uncheck "Display PDF in Browser" to open PDFs in Acrobat. Assuming that is the behaviour that you want. This should get you going. Let me know how it goes.
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  2.    23 Dec 2015 #32

    Hi SoFine409,
    I've tried a few things, but am now practically back to square one. The only way I could get my PDF files to preview in Windows Explorer, and have Adobe icons as well was to reinstall Adobe Reader DC plus third-party software (I settled on Foxit PDF Reader). But PDF files will still open with the Reader as if this were the default application, unless I specifically (and individually) specify Adobe Acrobat 8.3 with mouse right click. At least I seem to have overridden the Microsoft Edge imposition!!
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  3.    23 Dec 2015 #33

    Well at least you've been able to remove Edge as the default PDF handler. Do you still have Acrobat 8.3 installed?
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  4.    23 Dec 2015 #34

    Yes, I won't be removing Acrobat 8.3 :)
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  5.    23 Dec 2015 #35

    Did you try right clicking on a PDF file and selecting Open With and then pick Acrobat 8.3 being sure the the Always Use This is checked. That might set Acrobat as the default viewer.
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  6.    24 Dec 2015 #36

    Yes, I've tried that. But even though Adobe Acrobat 8.3 is set as the default reader, PDF files will still open in Reader DC unless I specifically (and individually) specify Acrobat 8.3 with mouse right click.
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  7.    24 Dec 2015 #37

    I recall reading on the Adobe web site that Adobe considers Acrobat versions 9 and below to be less secure and therefor programmed Reader DL to take over as the default and not release it. That is why I removed Reader DL and replaced it with Reader XI. If you uninstall Reader DL you should be able to set Acrobat 8.3 as the default PDF handler. If you want Reader then install XL and NOT DL. This is what worked for me; the only difference is that I have Acrobet 9 but I don't think that will make any difference.
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  8.    24 Dec 2015 #38

    Yes, I'd read that too. I basically wanted just to have Adobe Acrobat as my PDF reader, but without having Adobe Reader installed on my PC as well, there were no previews of PDF files in Windows Explorer. Then at a certain point, Adobe Reader suddenly became the default program for opening PDF files, hence my writing on this forum.

    Following the latest big Windows 10 update, Microsoft Edge became the default program for opening PDF files. I've had to revert to the original situation, so I currently have Adobe Reader DC and Adobe Acrobat 8.3 installed on my PC in addition to Foxit PDF reader. Only in this way can I see the preview of PDF files in Windows Explorer, plus have Adobe icons for all PDF files in my document folders. Microsoft Edge is no longer the default PDF reader, but it is Adobe Reader DC and not Adobe Acrobat as I specified. I have to use mouse right-click to get Adobe Acrobat to open a file.

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, SoFine409.
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  9.    01 Feb 2016 #39

    I was having this problem, recently upgrading to Win10. I use Acrobat X (Pro) for editing/printing pdfs but figured I would install Reader DC before I saw how drastically they changed the UI.

    I was only able to change the default PDF viewer by going into Acrobat preferences and setting X as the default pdf handler. It had been set to Reader DC. Changing it required the Acrobat X disc and a restart but it worked. Prior to that I changed all the Win10 internal pdf associated programs to Acrobat X to no avail with Reader DC always opening any pdf that was double-clicked (unless chosen manually as "open with...").

    The responder at the beginning of this thread needs to realize that people want to keep using acrobat pro versions (even if they are slightly dated) and shouldn't make subtly rude comments about how stupid he/she thinks this preference is.
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  10.    24 Jul 2016 #40

    Win 10 Default Apps by Protocol

    Please be aware that Win 10 has introduced a "NEW" type of default app selection. "Default Apps by Protocol"

    You can see the link at the bottom of the Settings, System, Default Apps page.

    If you install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC on Windows 10, then Acrobat Reader DC will be set in the Default Apps by Protocol to handle all Adobe Protocols.

    It appears based on my testing, that the default by Protocol overrides Default by file type.

    Since Acrobat Pro 10 (which is my favorite also) does not have a registry entry to allow it's selection as a Default App by Protocol, there is no way to fix this behavior without manual registry entries.

    Alternatively, you can always open Acrobat Pro and use pro to open the file, or you can remove Reader DC (This is what I have done).

    I am certain that Adobe does not consider this to be a problem, since Adobe cloud subscriptions work perfectly.
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