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I have been trying to download books from my local library to Adobe Digital Editions. I was prompted to update to version 4.5 last week and did so. Prior to this, I had no problems downloading the books. Since then I have not been able to download to Adobe. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling numerous times and with three different versions of Adobe Digital Editions. I have been directed by my local library to go to Default Programs and reset the ascm. For whatever reason, my computer will allow me to choose any other program on my computer except Adobe Digital Editions. I cannot select Adobe Digital Editions as the program to download to book to.  I've tried other programs such as Calibre and my computer will allow me to set the acsm for Calibre. However, my library does not format books for that program, so Adobe Digital Editions is my only option. I've been working at this for about five days and don't know what to do. Hopefully someone can help me. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have a lot of books I want to read over the holidays

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Cannot choose Adobe Digital Editions as my acsm default

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Dec 21, 2015

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I have been trying to download books from my local library to Adobe Digital Editions. I was prompted to update to version 4.5 last week and did so. Prior to this, I had no problems downloading the books. Since then I have not been able to download to Adobe. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling numerous times and with three different versions of Adobe Digital Editions. I have been directed by my local library to go to Default Programs and reset the ascm. For whatever reason, my computer will allow me to choose any other program on my computer except Adobe Digital Editions. I cannot select Adobe Digital Editions as the program to download to book to.  I've tried other programs such as Calibre and my computer will allow me to set the acsm for Calibre. However, my library does not format books for that program, so Adobe Digital Editions is my only option. I've been working at this for about five days and don't know what to do. Hopefully someone can help me. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have a lot of books I want to read over the holidays

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Dec 21, 2015 0
LEGEND ,
Dec 21, 2015

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Right click on the eBook File from your Library.
Choose settings.

By open program click on choose.

Then again choose and go to the path of Digital Edition C:\Prgram\(x86)\Adobe\Digital Edition.

Then should the exe file.

It should now open with Digital Edition.

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Dec 22, 2015

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Thanks for the advice. However, Settings does not come up as a choice when I right click on my eBook. I'm using Internet Explorer and Windows 7, if that helps. Even if I was able to use the path you have suggested, my computer would not allow me to choose C:\Prgram\(x86)\Adobe\Digital Edition. I am able to find this path, and the application. But when I click on it, my computer refuses to accept Adobe Digital Editions as its path. Everything else is okay. Just not this one program that I need.

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Dec 22, 2015 1
LEGEND ,
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Has do choose exact the exe-file?

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Community Beginner ,
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Do you have any other suggestions of how I can choose the exe-file? The right clicking on the eBook File doesn't give me the option of choosing settings.

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LEGEND ,
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Which option has you exactly under right click?

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Dec 23, 2015 0
LEGEND ,
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o.O Do right click on the website?

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Community Beginner ,
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Sorry. I don't understand. I don't see "the website" as an option to click on from the list I gave you.

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One more idea. Last week when I upgraded Adobe Digital Editions it asked me which of four options I wanted as connections (acsm, desktop shortcut, start link ....). I unclicked all of them except the desktop shortcut. I wasn't really sure what there were and thought they might be additional annoying software that Adobe was trying to get on my computer. Since then I've uninstalled and reinstalled Adobe about ten times and am now choosing all four as options. However, could I have inadvertently turned some link/connection off permanently from that first update last week? Just a thought. I'm grasping at ideas here.

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Dec 24, 2015 0
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Dec 24, 2015

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Try this:

Click Start.

Click Default Programs

Click Associate a file type or Protocol with a program

Select acsm from the list and click Change Program

Note: if you are using Win 7 pro you might need to log on as an administrator

Good luck

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Community Beginner ,
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Thanks Roger. My local library did send me those directions.  The problem is that my computer will not allow me to chose adobe digital solutions as my acsm. Everthing else works but not adobe.

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LEGEND ,
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Have you used right clock on the local download eBook file?

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Community Beginner ,
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Hmm. I'm not sure what you mean by the local download eBook file.  I am not able to download the books to adobe on my computer. This is the problem.

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LEGEND ,
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If you download the file get the prompt if open or save.

You choose that want save the file f.e. on your Desktop.

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Dec 29, 2015

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I've downloaded it to my desktop. However, I have the same problem in that my computer will not allow to choose Adobe as the acsm default program. I right clicked and tried opening the program with Adobe but I cannot open it.

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Also, an error box comes up that say "Check activation" when I try to move/drag the book from my desktop to adobe.

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Dec 29, 2015 1
LEGEND ,
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  1. Close all applications.
  2. Choose Start > Run.
  3. In the Open text box, type regedit and then press Enter. The Registry Editor opens.
  4. In the left pane of the Registry Editor, locate the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adept
  5. Select the Adept key.
  6. Choose File > Export.
  7. In the Export Registry File dialog box, select Selected Branch under Export Range. Enter a name and location for the backup registry key, and then click Save.
  8. Right-click the Adept key and choose Delete.
  9. In the Confirm Key Delete dialog, click OK.
  10. Close the Registry Editor.
  11. Open Adobe Digital Editions and reauthorize.

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Thanks Nanaky. I had found instructions similar to these somewhere else and tried them already. However, the File - Export - Save part was new. I've done it twice and deauthorized and reauthorized my computer a number of times, but it still isn't working. When I try to set the new "Exported" link that I've saved as my default, it doesn't appear as an option to use as my acsm default. I can't even see it in the location I've saved it when going through the acsm defaults/downloads options. I've tried saving it to different locations. Any more suggestions.

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You get always the error message check activation?

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No. That only happened once in a specific situation. It almost never does. I get no error message. My computer won't allow me to download to Adobe Digital Editions.

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I downloaded Firefox and reinstalled Adobe creating a new folder called Adobe1 instead of the regular Adobe folder. I am now able to download from my library with Firefox - Google Crome and Internet Explorer don't work, but at least I have an option. I have no idea what is special about Firefox but am just happy it works.

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I'm glad I'm not crazy. Mine just started doing this.

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After a couple hours, I found the solution.  I did a complete removal of ADE [for the 3nd time] and reinstalled it to a folder named Adobe1/Adobe Digital Editions 4.5x under program files.  At that point Windows 7 saw the digital exe file as a valid file and would let me choose it as the default file for ascm files.

The problem occurred when I installed Microsoft Office.  There seems to be a conflict once that is installed that locks the OS out of seeing the digital exe file as a valid exe file and not allowing it to be a default.  It seems to be directly related to the names of the files since renaming the file after 2 tries with the default name didn't work but the name change did.  Microsoft Office seems to want to override Adobe installations forcing the files to look for other acceptable programs.

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Here we are 3 years later & the same problem is occurring. But the idea for renaming the file seems to work. ADE is not listed in the "open with" drop down for acsm files. When browsing for the ADE .exe file you have to go to programs - Adobe- Adobe Digital Editions xxx- DigitalEditions.exe, but it doesn't lock that in even if it can be selected.

I renamed the .exe file separating the words Digital & Editions and deleting the .exe characters and re-entering them exactly as they had been. Viola, Adobe Digital Editions xxx now appears in the "open with" drop down and can be ticked in the "Always use" box.

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Here now in 2020, I was able to FINALLY resolve this with help from this site: https://www.winhelponline.com/blog/cant-add-program-to-open-with-menu-list-windows/. Step 3 pointed to examining HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\DigitalEditions.exe\shell\open\command and low and behold the path contained an older 4.0 version. Once this was edited to "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Digital Editions 4.5\DigitalEditions.exe" "%1" ADE not only appeared as a choice but became the default. As mentioned before from someone else, previously I could manually select the program in FireFox but not chrome or set associations or open with... This fixed everything.

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I have the same problem lately, but unlike everyone else seemingly on this forum, I'm trying to read books on my smartphone, not a desktop computer. iOS 13.3.1.... Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.11

 

i supposed that I should be happy thT I can at least MANUALLY direct my iPhone to open the .acsm in the app, given how severe some people's issues with this godawful software is (pages won't turn, app won't open, endless authorization blesses etc etc)...but it's still a pain, when I used to be able to just download the PDF from the library and it would (wow!!) automatically open itself IN Adobe Digital Editions... it's a bunch of extra steps now to get that to happen. 
is there anyone who uses an iPhone on here...?

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