"MS Word detected a version of Adobe Acrobat PDFMaker known to cause instabilities in Word 2003...yadda yadda, dnload an update from Adobe...etc."
I believe that the PC in question was upgraded to Office 2003. It also has Photoshop 3.0, Photoshop 5.5/ Imageready 2.0, Photoshop 7.0 / Imageready 7.0, Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 seems to de removed, and it has Adobe Reader 6.0.
Every support article i read about this refers to Adobe Acrobat 5. And - to fix the problem I dnload the update to 5. But there is no "Acrobat" program on the PC. So what is the program that installed the PDF Maker? I was able to create a pdf by making a new document in Imageready 7.0 and saving it as a pdf. So is THAT what needs updating? Regardless, I tried the "update" selection in the Help menu of Imageready 7 and Photoshop 7. It shows an update (unrelated to pdfmaker it seems) but it can't be selected for download anyway.
If I go to Adobe's website and look for updates for PS 7.0 and IM 7.0 the updates either don't apply at all to this problem or there are no updates.
Also, for what it's worth, there is no "print to PDF" option in installed printers. I know they have created pdf's from Word docs in the past, but now there seems no way to do it.