PDF file association for Adobe Reader 9

Posted on 2009-02-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
Hi Experts.  I have been studying this problem for long enough now and it is time to have a new set of eyes on it.  After running a Adobe Reader 9 install through group policy, the users were having problems opening PDF documents.  I made a change which has helped but now Adobe Reader 9.0 just opens with a blank screen instead of opening the actual PDF.  Here is the kicker.  Once Adobe is open with the blank screen, I can go to "File" > "Open" and select the exact same file and it opens!  So I did something somewhere but not sure what.  

I used ftype to create adobe (see attached for code) and then used assoc .pdf wilth adobe.  Now Adobe opens but only Adobe Reader, not the actual file.  Help is great appreciated.
Question by:samiam41
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    Accepted Solution

    i think there some error in you PDF association. Go to folder option, file types and see if the command is similar to that shown in the screen shot. I think "%1" after the exe path might be missing.
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    You can also delete the file association from the folder options and then recreate one with the shown settings. The exe path depends on where you have installed it. Alternatively you can restore .pdf registry association entry from another PC if this doesn't work.
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    You hit part of the issue dead-on.  I am not sure why my script wouldn't add the %1 but I continued to have problems with it until I manually ran the ftype command.  Odd.  But the app still won't open the document, just Adobe Reader.

    Where would I find the pdf file registry assoc?
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    Opps.  My apologies.  Thank you for your post and help.
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    Author Comment

    Wow....  What a pain in the @ss.  Alright, so I found the PDF and related entries in a working computer.  That was the last part.  I just wrote a script that imported two registery entries and in testing at least, it shows promise.  Thanks for your help on this as I thought for sure no one would stop by!
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    Thanks again for your help.  Hope to see you around.


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