Every time I try to launch Acrobat reader from the start menu I get this message:
When I browse to the folder and double click on the AcroRD32.exe icon - I get the same message
When try to open a .pdf file by double clicking on it - I get the message that the file can't be found - even though I can open these files within a browser
Again - I can open these pdf files (with or without acrobat?) in my browser but it doesn't seem to work independent of an HTML browser
I have uninstalled and reinstalled Acrobat Reader - please don't tell me to do that and let you know how it worked - it didn't
Could you please confirm if Reader is installed on your computer by navigating to Start menu>Control Panel>Programs and Features
Which Operating System is installed on the machine?
Also, try to select one of the pdf file>right click on it>hover the mouse over Open with>check if Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is there as an option.
Yes it is installed on my machine.
Windows 7 Home Premium Service pack 1
Yes it appears under the Open with... > option when I right click on a .pdf file
Try right clicking on Acrobat Reader DC under Programs and Features then select Change>click Repair installation
Still doesn't work.
Could you please try the following steps:
1- Close Reader
2- Hold down Windows key and press R on your keyboard, this will bring up Run dialogue box.
3- Type regedit in the run dialogue box and hit Enter, click Yes when User Account Control pop-up appears.
4- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options, delete the key AcroRd32.exe
5- Relaunch Reader
That worked. Thanks.
I also had this problem. Deleting that file worked for PDF's saved on my laptop but I still am unable to open PDF's on my daughter's school website that I could open this morning before a WIndows update ran. Any other tips? We need these forms. Thanks in advance for your help!
Could you please let us know what happens when you try to open pdf? Is there any error message you are receiving?
Are you trying to open pdf in a web browser or in Adobe Reader desktop application?
You may refer to the troubleshooting steps given in the following links:
Deleting the registry key was the right move.
Looks like the long uninstalled AVG didn't really uninstall and was redirecting the path
Thank you! I new it had to be a registry problem
Thank you so much!! I looked all over the internet to get this to work!
TY Adorobat!!! You saved me from going crazy!!! This worked beautifully 🙂
This problem had me stumped and confused, uninstalling, reinstalling, applying various fixes for nearly 6 hours .... online with microsoft and adobe ... but this solution you outlined above worked.
I hate to think of where I would be if I had not found your note.
Thanks a million. Had the same problem after a Windows update today. This fix cured it.
OMGosh!! Thank you SO MUCH!! Even thought this post is older (from 2017) it still worked for me and I had to say thank you. I need the Reader for my work and it just suddenly stopped working yesterday, along with a couple of other things I use regularly (including my Outlook). I was able to get Outlook working using a different method and a 2nd software I use in a different way from that but neither of them worked with the Adobe Reader.
So, thank you for this and I'm so glad I didn't give up ;o) Have a beautiful day!! ~Kelly
Thank you! that worked for me in Brasil.
Hi. Thanks for info. I tried everything you said, I've uninstalled, reinstalled. I tried repair. I tried the renaming the acrobat.exe file to acrobat2.exe. I also tried your solution above. Nothing is working. What's worse is the damn application is open already. I'm using an export pdf plug in that has worked flawlessly for a number of years. Some files open fine and up pops my xmp.pdf. Some files I get 'Cannot find Adobe Acrobat application', plus create an association. My xmp.pdf file is still being created and once I create the assocation in the file manager it opens the file fine but I'm having to do this individually file after file, and I work in large volume. Are there any other solutions you can think of.
i've deleted the key, but nothing changed, still can't open Reader.
Find the .exe file and rename it. I used just "Adobe.exe" and it will open. Apparently, windows or your AV doesn't like the name. Microsoft strikes again, as Windows can find the file just fine, it just won't open it. Language matters. LOL
best solution ever. thanks you. after renaming need to set Adobe.exe for default