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View .PDF Attachments without having to save first to desktop

Currently using have Vista Home on pc.  Using Windows Mail for messagining.  Why can't I open .pdf attachments to view them?  The only option I have is to save locally, then I can open the file fine.  Using Acrobat Reader 8.  When I try to open to view file from Windows Mail I get the following:  "This files does not have a progam associated with it for performing this action.  Create an associatiom in thye Set Accociations control panel".  I have checked the association settings and they are correct.  .PDF files are the only attachments that I have this problem with.

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JjcampNRCommented:
Open Acrobat Reader 8, go to Edit, then Preferences.  In the left hand menu click on Internet, then make sure there's a check mark in the "Display PDF in Browser" box, hit OK, close Acrobat Reader, and try opening a PDF.  That should do it!

If, by chance that didn't fix the issue, there's one more thing you may have to do.  Right click on a saved PDFand click on Properties.  Once that box opens, you should have a section that says "Opens With" and it should say Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.  If it doesn't, click on the button that says change, then either pick Acrobat Reader from the list of displayed programs or click on the "Browse" button at the bottom and browse to the application.  It should be located at:  C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe

Let me know if that dosn't work for you.
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JjcampNRCommented:
Sorry, totally missed that this is only happening in Vista Mail.  In the Security menu for mail, make sure that Acrobat Reader 8 is listed as the application for handling PDFs.  If it's not listed, just add it and you should be fine.  Let me know if that doesn't do it.
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FtizardAuthor Commented:
Acrobat Reader is listed as the application for handling PDFs
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JjcampNRCommented:
And opening PDF's works fine through IE for example (they open correctly in the browser)?  Have you tried running a repair on Acrobat Reader?  I'd also make sure you're using the latest version (I believe 8.1).  Let me know how you make out wth the repair and possible updates.
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FtizardAuthor Commented:
Yes they open fine through IE.  Have actually uninstalled and reinstalled Acrobat Reader and applied updates.  Still does not work.
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JjcampNRCommented:
OK, let me look a bit deeper on my Vista machine.
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FtizardAuthor Commented:
Thanks appreciate it.
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JjcampNRCommented:
OK, terribly sorry this took so long, but I had to dig up a lot of info.  It looks like this is actually a bug in Windows Mail, but there are some fixes, so you won't have to suffer any longer.  Please try the following:

Open regedit32.exe (Start, run, regedit32.exe) and go to:  
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.PDF]
Double-click the (default) value set its data as:
"AcroExch.Document" (without quotes)

Reboot your computer and give it a shot again.  For some reason it looks like the default value for that key gets changed to something like:
@="pdf_auto_file"
"Content Type"="application/pdf"

Once you reboot, this problem should be fixed.  Let me know if it isn't.
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tryagianCommented:
You may download a free tool at www.digitalsupporttech.com. The tool will tell you what causes the problem. It is also free to get it fixed.
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