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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 13
    Windows 10 64 bit
       08 Sep 2015 #1

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


    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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  2. Joined : Jun 2015
    N.Y.
    Posts : 3,005
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       08 Sep 2015 #2

    Question, why are you running older version of Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.5, then why would you install new version DC ? In control panel under Default Programs, select Set your Default Programs, Select the Program on left, then check box for PDF.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 13
    Windows 10 64 bit
       08 Sep 2015 #3

    It's Acrobat Pro, not reader. To be honest, I'm not sure how reader DC got on there. But as I said in the original post, neither program shows up on the default programs list, which is puzzling. I suppose I could just uninstall Reader DC, but it's odd that it thinks I have changed the association (see screenshot) but the association hasn't in fact been changed.
    Last edited by cormanaz; 08 Sep 2015 at 15:11. Reason: Autocorrect error
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  4. Joined : Jun 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       08 Sep 2015 #4

    cormanaz said: View Post
    It's Acrobat Pro, not reader. To be honest, I'm not sure how reader DC got on there. But as I said in the original post, neither program shows up on the default programs list, which is puzzling. I suppose I could just uninstall Reader DC, but it's odd that it thinks I have changed the association (see screenshot) but the association hasn't in fact been changed.
    Acrobat Pro is paid version. Other thing is, Adobe Reader 9.5 not probably compatible with Windows 10 and to me it's unsafe to use a product like this that is out of date (security risks) as it's back from 2010 this version. You can open the properties of PDF file by right clicking it, select change then select appropriate program. Truthfully you are better off with Adobe DC, newer and compatible, i use it with no issues as you are having, free version.
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  5. Joined : Sep 2015
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    win10
       08 Sep 2015 #5

    I was having the same problem. You need to change all of the extensions to Acrobat, not just .pdf. There is also .fdf, .xfdf, etc. Go to Control Panel>Programs>Default Programs>Set Default Programs and click on Reader, then click Choose defaults for this program at the bottom you'll see a list of the extensions that still have Reader as the default. They are checked but I wasn't able to make changes from that window - had to go back to the list of extensions and change each individually. Hope that helps.
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  6. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2
    win10
       08 Sep 2015 #6

    Sorry, nevermind - I'm still having that same problem as you, cormanaz. Every other extension will switch to Acrobat except .pdf. If I can't figure it out relatively quickly, I'm just going to uninstall Reader.
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  7. Joined : Jun 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       08 Sep 2015 #7

    mwillen said: View Post
    Sorry, nevermind - I'm still having that same problem as you, cormanaz. Every other extension will switch to Acrobat except .pdf. If I can't figure it out relatively quickly, I'm just going to uninstall Reader.
    Question for you is, what version Reader are you using ? Same as Thread Starter version 9 ? I am using Adobe DC version and it works fine.
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  8. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro
       12 Sep 2015 #8

    mwillen said: View Post
    Sorry, nevermind - I'm still having that same problem as you, cormanaz. Every other extension will switch to Acrobat except .pdf. If I can't figure it out relatively quickly, I'm just going to uninstall Reader.
    I have exactly the same problem... so I've uninstalled Reader: problem solved
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  9. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       11 Nov 2015 #9

    mwillen said: View Post
    Sorry, nevermind - I'm still having that same problem as you, cormanaz. Every other extension will switch to Acrobat except .pdf. If I can't figure it out relatively quickly, I'm just going to uninstall Reader.
    If you want to make Acrobat your default program for PDF files, you need to bring up Acrobat and go the Edit/Preferences and then select General. At the bottom of the page you will see 'Select Default PDF handler'. Click on this and select Acrobat instead of Acrobat Reader. You will require a system reboot, but after that everything will be as you require.
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  10.    12 Nov 2015 #10

    ams said: View Post
    If you want to make Acrobat your default program for PDF files, you need to bring up Acrobat and go the Edit/Preferences and then select General. At the bottom of the page you will see 'Select Default PDF handler'. Click on this and select Acrobat instead of Acrobat Reader. You will require a system reboot, but after that everything will be as you require.
    I'm having the same problem on one of my desktop PCs but this suggestion doesn't help. I've uninstalled Adobe Reader and reinstalled it twice but to no avail. The PC that I'm having the problem with is Win10 Pro but the one that is set up exactly the same but doesn't have the problem is Win10 Home. I wonder if that has anything to do with it
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