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How to stop Adobe Creative Cloud from launching using regedit or group policy?

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Jan 29, 2019

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Hello,

We use Windows 10/ 1803 and have deployed the creative cloud desktop client to some 100 users, we'd like to stop this application from launching on startup as standard, can anyone assist me in doing this?

I've had a long look at related registry keys but I could not find anything.

Thanks,

Adam.

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Setting the below registry key worked for us. It basically sets Adobe Creative Cloud to "Disabled" in Task Manager > Startup. I have yet to figure out how to script the checking of that "Launch at Login" box, but this solution works for us.

Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\Run32

Name: Adobe Creative Cloud

Type: REG_BINARY

Data: 030000009818FB164428D501

[Moderator: for some reason Run32 appeared as Run[SPACE]32, even that it was written correctly in this message. Setting it BOLD resolved the problem. As this is quite important, I decided to edit the message accordingly. Thanks to Lam_Cake  for bringing this up]

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How to stop Adobe Creative Cloud from launching using regedit or group policy?

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Hello,

We use Windows 10/ 1803 and have deployed the creative cloud desktop client to some 100 users, we'd like to stop this application from launching on startup as standard, can anyone assist me in doing this?

I've had a long look at related registry keys but I could not find anything.

Thanks,

Adam.

Correct answer by tym89525864 | Community Beginner

Setting the below registry key worked for us. It basically sets Adobe Creative Cloud to "Disabled" in Task Manager > Startup. I have yet to figure out how to script the checking of that "Launch at Login" box, but this solution works for us.

Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\Run32

Name: Adobe Creative Cloud

Type: REG_BINARY

Data: 030000009818FB164428D501

[Moderator: for some reason Run32 appeared as Run[SPACE]32, even that it was written correctly in this message. Setting it BOLD resolved the problem. As this is quite important, I decided to edit the message accordingly. Thanks to Lam_Cake  for bringing this up]

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 29, 2019

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you do not need to hack the registry...

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Abambo
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I'm not an Adobe employee. All advice constitutes my own opinion. Use at your risk! 🙂

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Jan 30, 2019

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That's all well and good for 1 person but I'm afraid you didn't read the question.. this is for ~100 people, in a corporate environment, we need a fix that can be deployed remotely, either registry keys or group policy changes would be effective.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 30, 2019

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Why not letting the user decide, what he want's to start?

Looking at it from an administrators point, this has nothing to do with Adobe Creative Cloud but with the Windows operating system. So I would ask the Windows gurus...

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4026268/windows-10-change-startup-apps -- the link will not allow you to do that via group policy or a registry hack, but it may be a good starting point to look at.

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Abambo
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I'm not an Adobe employee. All advice constitutes my own opinion. Use at your risk! 🙂

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May 09, 2019

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Windows guru here, and Adobe customer.  In my opinion it's not up to Adobe to dictate to their customers what rights the users have, each organization has it's own policies. I guarantee most users do not want apps popping up on login, If Adobes stance is "why not let the user decide" then why is the default setting "Launch at login" vs "off".  That said there are apps such as "WhatChanged"  which will scan the registry for a baseline then you can make the change such as unchecking "Launch at login" then scan for changes.  The result will show the modified RegKey, in this case however there do not appear to be any obvious key modifications, I'm guessing the setting is saved in the app on the cloud making this an Adobe issue not a Windows issue.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 09, 2019

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The CC app is an important app and should be launched at login. This said, users should be allowed to opt out at this launch, as the CC app is not needed to run CC programs but only to serve additional features, like CC syncing and font syncing. But as a default, programs should work as intended and wanted by the users. Each organization having CC applications should do what is necessary for an optimal user experience.

(BTW I'm an Adobe customer and user and I put fire at the asses of my IT when CC apps do not work as I expect. Productivity is the key and not the organizations IT policy...which needs to be adapted to what the users need for productivity...)

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May 09, 2019

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First, I'm a Sys admin in a K12 School District. Second, that's not true, CC is absolutely required to run any adobe application under their latest licensing model, the user must log into CC before the app can be used to verify licensing.  The Adobe suite is installed on all our devices and can be used by any of the users at any time but it is not used everyday as someone would for their job.  Being K12 we control the environment and need the option to not launch the CC app on startup via reg edit or group policy.  When a user launches one of the Adobe products such as Photoshop it will also launch CC and prompt them to sign in, there is no need to have it launch on startup.

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Abambo, the original question was "How to stop Adobe Creative Cloud from launching using regedit or group policy?"

The person that asked the question has to deal with 100 people and I have to deal with 1,000 people. If we install something that causes a pop-up on every person's computer every time they turn their computer on, it's just not an acceptable solution. There might be a few people that want the pop-up every time they log on, but there will be way more people that scream about a pop-up every time they log on.

Yes, we could talk to 1,000 people and explain that they can fix their problem by checking a box, but we could also just not make the problem in the first place. That is what the original poster was asking for help with.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 09, 2019

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There is no pop-up for me. It's a service residing here: waiting for me to start it as needed.

So I stay with my claim here: Re: How to stop Adobe Creative Cloud from launching using regedit or group policy?

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I'm not an Adobe employee. All advice constitutes my own opinion. Use at your risk! 🙂

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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I've quit my CC app and I can sign in and out without starting it.

But I agree, it may get more complicated in an environment where more people are using the same computer and not all of them need that precise program. There I have no solution and it may effectively be counter productive (or unpractical) to have the CC app started each time.

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May 10, 2019

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Abambo, I assume you are affiliated with forums.adobe.com in some way.  if you do not have a solution is there someone from Adobe who can provide one?

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Jun 21, 2019

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Setting the below registry key worked for us. It basically sets Adobe Creative Cloud to "Disabled" in Task Manager > Startup. I have yet to figure out how to script the checking of that "Launch at Login" box, but this solution works for us.

Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\Run32

Name: Adobe Creative Cloud

Type: REG_BINARY

Data: 030000009818FB164428D501

[Moderator: for some reason Run32 appeared as Run[SPACE]32, even that it was written correctly in this message. Setting it BOLD resolved the problem. As this is quite important, I decided to edit the message accordingly. Thanks to Lam_Cake  for bringing this up]

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Jun 28, 2019

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Thanks so much for this! Worked for me.  However, I did have to change it to read "\Run32" rather than "\Run 32".

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Sep 17, 2019

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I'm running Creative Cloud 4.9.0.515

I couldn't seem to get any registry settings to fix this for me. So I ran "Process Monitor" from the SysInternals Suite (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/). This tool helped me track down the file that got modified when I toggled the "Lanuch at login" setting. I noticed that no registry settings were getting modified, but rather a settings file called "com.adobe.acc.default.prefs". So I toggled the setting to not launch at login. I then copied this file to NETLOGON and created a Policy that will copy this file to users's %localappdata% folder.


Source file(s)\\[DOMAINNAME]\netlogon\Software\Arobat DC 19.0\com.adobe.acc.default.prefs
Destination file%localappdata%\Adobe\OOBE\com.adobe.acc.default.prefs

 

The contents of my "com.adobe.acc.defaults.pres" file are:

 

<prefs><property key="attachWindowToMenuBar">false</property><property key="launchAtLogin">false</property></prefs>

 

With this group policy in place, I was able to keep Adobe CC from launching at startup. I'm using this in a computer lab environment and the students have no need to update apps or sync files to Adobe CC. If they need to install fonts the teacher will show them how to launch Adobe CC.

 

Hope this helps someone.

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Oct 22, 2019

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Hi rolandpenner,

 

Thanks for this... indeed.... i know a little off topic but intrigued as i cannot see in Process Monitor how you tracked down the file that got modified.... have you got two mins to shre this? Thanks again for the solution that worked! 🙂

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Oct 22, 2019

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I'm no expert on using Process Monitor, but this is how I did it.

Launch Process Monitor and stop the capture by clicking the "magnifying lens" icon, there should be a red X over it. Then clear the capture using the "eraser" icon (circled in red below). Then drag the target icon (circled in blue) and drop it on your running Creative Cloud application window.

 

psmonitor.JPG

 

Now click the "Capture" icon to start the capture. Switch to the Creative Cloud application and toggle the setting. Hit save if required. Switch back to Process Monitor and click the "Capture" icon to stop the capture.

On the Filter menu choose "Filter...". Create a filter with "Operation" "contains" "Write". Click "Add" and click "OK"

filter.jpg

Now search through the results to find the file or registry entry that is changed.

results.jpg

I hope this helps.

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Thanks! It worked for me

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