Adobe Reader DC disable Protected Mode via GPO

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Mar 08, 2016 Mar 08, 2016

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Hello, I am running Adobe Reader DC in a terminal server and the users need Protected mode disabled. I can do this individually per user but would much rather find a registry change and push it out via GPO.

I have found tons of guides for doing this in Adobe X and XI that work, by adding the following registry entry..


Keypath:          HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\FeatureLockDown

Value name:   bProtectedMode

Value type:     REG_DWORD

Value data:     0


but the same things do not appear to work for Adobe DC.

Has anyone had any luck with this?

Thanks!

Ian

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New Here , Sep 01, 2016 Sep 01, 2016
This did work for me with Adobe Reader DC just had to change the path slightly.Keypath:          HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\FeatureLockDownValue name:   bProtectedModeValue type:     REG_DWORDValue data:     0

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 08, 2016 Mar 08, 2016

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Hi ian_grasp,

Please refer to this Kb article :- Acrobat-Reader Enterprise Toolkit Home

Regards,

Yatharth

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Mar 08, 2016 Mar 08, 2016

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I only see how to turn Protected View off through the Customization Wizard. This is not enough. I need to completely disable Protected Mode. Is there another location for this setting?

THanks!

Ian

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This did work for me with Adobe Reader DC just had to change the path slightly.

Keypath:          HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\FeatureLockDown

Value name:   bProtectedMode

Value type:     REG_DWORD

Value data:     0

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May 22, 2019 May 22, 2019

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Just a heads up for those looking to do this for Adobe Acrobat Pro DC there's a slight change. This post helped me figure it out so I figured I'd share it.

Keypath:            HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\DC\FeatureLockDown

Value name:      iProtectedView

Value type:        REG_DWORD

Value data:        0

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Jan 12, 2020 Jan 12, 2020

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This didn't work for me.

What worked for me is 

Protected Mode can be locked as enabled or disabled as follows:

  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\FeatureLockDown.

  2. Right click and choose New > DWORD Value.

  3. Create bProtectedMode.

  4. Right click on the key and choose Modify.

  5. Set the value as follows:

    • 0: Disables the feature.
    • 1: Enables the feature.

 

ref: https://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/AppSec/protectedmode.html

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