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I m using Win 8 Pro, 64-Bit. You can see there is a wrong icon-association in Win 8. Did somebody else noticed this?
Sorry, but I do not remember that one showing up when I installed AAXI on Win8. In any case, you should be able to use the windows tools to change the icon that Acrobat uses.
Do you use as well Office 2010 with Microsoft Picture Manager?
Than please give me instructions how to change that. It is not so easy as you think.
I had installed OFFICE 2010 on a Win8 pre-release. Since installing Win8 I have not been successful with reinstalling OFFICE. SO I guess I can't answer that one.
Can somebody else reproduce this?
I had this same problem too with the Acrobat XI Pro icon, only mine showed the Photoshop "PS" icon instead, in both the Windows 8 Apps and taskbar. Usually I would easily fix an icon problem this by changing the icon using the "Change Icon" setting in the Acrobat's Programs shortcut properties, but for some reason the "Change Icon" button was disabled for the Acrobat XI Pro icon, so I deleted the shortcut with the wrong icon and just created a new shortcut in Start Menu/Programs. Now the correct icon appears in both the Windows 8 Apps and taskbar.
I signed in to tell you how I solved this problem.
I have Adobe Acrobat XI Pro and Windows 7 64 bit.
All PDF icons are correct except in the taskbar... in my case it's showing the Gimp icon in stead.
Here's my fix:
1) Remove, unpin or delete Adobe Acrobat icon from the Start Menu, the desktop and (if you have it there) from the taskbar.
2) Go to C: > ProgramData > Microsoft > Windows > Start Menu > Programs and you'll find the "sinner" "Adobe Acrobat XI Pro" with the wrong icon. The that looks like a shortcut. Delete it!.. Close the window.
3) Go to C: > Program Files (x86) > Adobe > Acrobat 11.0 > Acrobat... and find Acrobat.exe
4) Right click on Acrobat.exe > Send to > Desktop
5) Right click again on Acrobat.exe > Pin to Start Menu... and close the window
6) Right click on Acrobat.exe - shortcut (that you just created on your desktop) > Copy
7) Go back to: C: > ProgramData > Microsoft > Windows > Start Menu > Programs... and Paste the shortcut here (you need administrator privileges for that)
8) Rename this shortcut from "Acrobat.exe - shortcut" to "Adobe Acrobat XI Pro"
9) Close the window
10) Now if you open any PDF document, the right icon will appear on the taskbar.
Hope that helps.
Your fix works, but it's an old icon for Acrobat - not the nice red one that it should be. But, better than the Photoshop PS icon.
Here's what i did.... Windows 8.1 64bit...
When it finished all of my icons were correct other than the START shortcut...so..
Hope it helps
Many thanks. I had the identical problem and spent ages trying to find a solution before seeing your simple answer. Worked a treat.
Thank you! I work in both programs frequently, and it was driving me nuts to have both show PS icons on my taskbar.
Your fu is flawless.
Just a small hint: In order to find the ProgramData folder enter %ProgramData% in the Run command (Win+R) .
What you suggested works. Thanks!!
fun2play's answer is the best one. Thanks.
THANK YOU! Your instructions are well-written and worked for me.
Thanks bro, its work!!!
Thanks Joshua...It really worked.
How I fixed this on latest version of Windows 10 - 22/09/2016. For Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, although this should work for any program with a similar wrong icon issue. For the good PC proficient people I bolded the main steps for ease of access.
Unpin program from taskbar. (if applicable)
Unpin program from start menu. (if applicable)
Start Menu>All Apps>Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
and right click
More>Open File location
this should take you to
Find the the "Adobe Acrobat Pro DC" shortcut.
To make sure it is a shortcut make sure your view mode is "details" and then have "type" as a detail enabled and it should say shortcut under type.
Delete this shortcut.
Find the original file exe. You have to do this manually as you deleted the start menu shortcut.
Mine was under
Program Files (x86)>Adobe>Acrobat DC>Acrobat
File name was
right click and create shortcut of this exe
it should prompt you that you can't create shortcut here and ask to place on desktop, click yes
Rename the shortcut to "Adobe Acrobat Pro DC"
Cut the shortcut and paste it to the original shortcut location that you deleted
that was: ProgramData>Microsoft>Windows>Start menu>Programs
To get to this location quicker: go to
Start Menu>All Apps
and right click any application
More>Open File location
Thanks that fixed it in my Win 10 installation.
Ridiculous how Adobe can't even get their icon right
This is how you fix it in Windows 10:
I believe the underlying reason is the Adobe MSI installer breaks Microsoft's rules for creating a Windows installer package. Under the documentation, we read:
Icon files that are associated with shortcuts must be in the EXE binary format and must be named such that their extension matches the extension of the target.... For example, if a shortcut is to point to a resource having the key file Red.bar, then the icon file must also have the extension .bar.
In the MSI installer for Adobe Reader DC / 2015 / 2017 we see the 'Icon' table entries, all of which have the extension '.ico' by default:
If this was resolved, it would be possible to fix the problem permanently, even when the software is repaired / reinstalled.
If you edit the MSI with Orca and do a find/replace to change '.ico' to '.exe' on every relevant table, and then repair / reinstall the MSI, the problem does not reoccur. It would be helpful for Adobe to fix this in the MSI directly for everyone in another release.
I've also posted about this problem on Superuser: Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Shows Wrong Icon - Super User
This is still a frustrating issue in my corporate environment. Any update on this ?
There will be no updates to Acrobat XI, ever.