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I am having some issues when clicking on a PDF link in IE7. It gives me an error that you must have a later version of adobe reader (8 or 9) installed to open this file. I have Adobe standard 6.0 and Reader 9.0 installed on this system. The system is set up to open all .pdf files in the 9.0 reader, however the links from the web want to open in the standard 6.0. I have checked a bunch of settings in adobe as well as IE7 to make sure all the add ins are insalled and active. Any suggestions??? I did have one user that uninstalled Reader 9.0 and installed Reader 8.0 and that seemed to fix his issues. Maybe there is a bug with reader 9.0? I tried to check Adobe's knowlegebase but there web site has been having issues all week long.
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by:war1
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Hello paragondie,

Looks like your system thinks Adobe Standard 6 is the default.   Make sure  Adobe Reader 9 is set as default. Look in Windows Explorer > Tools > Folders > File Types as well.

Re-installing Adobe Reader 9 may fix the problem.

Hope this helps!
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by:jcimarron
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paragondie--Any reason for keeping Reader 6.0?  It might be well to uninstall.
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paragondie--I meant to add in my post above to look into the Edit|Preferences|Internet settings for both versions of Reader.  Are either or both set to "Display pdf in browser"?  If v6.0 is so set, but 9.0 is not, that could be why 6.0 is chosen to open links in IE.
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I have 6.0 standard which is the full version not the reader to create pdf files. Version 9 reader is installed to read the newer pdf files. Both version of adobe are set to open in browser. The system is set up as 9.0 being the dafault and to open all pdf files in that version. If I open a pdf file on my system it will open in 9.0 Reader just fine. However when I try to click on a pdf link from the web I get that error and it will try to open in 6.0.
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Try reinstalling Acrobat Reader 9, and then click the link.
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by:paragondie
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That didn't work but uninstalling 9.0 and installing 8.1 Reader seems to work. I am thinking it may just be a problem with 9.0  However some of our users here have the same Adobe products insatlled and the links work fine for them? So what is diffrent between the two.
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Did you compare settings?  Are users on same OS and same browser version?
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Yes both users are using Windows XP SP 3, Adobe standard 6.0 as well as reader 9.0 are installed, and they are using IE7.
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I uninstalled Adobe reader 9, ran a registry clean up, rebooted, reinstalled Adobe 9 reader. Everything is working fine now.
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paragondie, glad the problem is fixed. So it was a registry error. Thanks for the points.
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