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Installed Acrobat 9 on a new Citrix server.  The "smooth images" setting in Acrobat needs to be turned off for all users, but it looks like this setting is only saved on a per-user basis.  After changing the option while logged in as one user, I can't find anywhere in the "current user" section of the registry where this setting may be stored, nor can I find any preferences file under "documents and settings" where it may have saved this change, so I have no idea how to apply this to all other users.  Any ideas?
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since the citrix server is new, one option that should work is to make a user, login, turn off the 'smooth images', log out, login as admin account, and then copy the first profile into the default user profile (the default profile is hidden).  Any new user logging in should have the 'smooth images' disabled.

You will have to manually fix the users that have already logged in, or delete their profiles and let them recreate.

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Find the registry key added or changed
Use the Adobe customization wizard to add or change the registry key
save the transform
push the change to your users
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I was thinking about that option but figured since I couldn't find an options file anywhere or a setting in the "current user" section of the registry that it might not work.  I guess I could give it a try though.
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I thought that the customization wizard only works when you have multiple installations of the software though?  In this case we have just a single installation of the software, on a single server, but each user that logs on to the server has a different set of settings for the software.

I couldn't find in the registry where the "smooth images" change was saved, so I don't know how I can copy this change to the "Default users" section of the registry.  I could probably copy the current user's windows profile folder to the "Default user" profile folder but I don't know for sure that the "smooth image" option is saved in there.
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If you make a 'dummy' user and then disable the 'smooth images', and then copy that entire profile into the default profile, then all new users that log in for the first time should have the 'smooth images' disabled as well.  This works good on a new (I saw 'new' citrix server in your question) setup, but if you already have dozens or hundreds of users that have already logged in and you don't want to delete their profiles, it is probably not your best solution.

I do this frequently with settings for Office applications (setting up macros settings, setting up the default file locations, etc) and it works good, it should work for Adobe as well, as long as the setting is in the profile hive.
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Use Process Monitor and see what file or reg key is being created or updated
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I tried copying the whole user's folder under "documents and settings" to the "default user" folder under documents and settings, but that caused some problems with Outlook profiles and stuff.  So instead I had to just copy the "adobe" folders under application data and local settings->application data.  It looks like just copying these settings did not do the trick as I logged on with a new user and they don't have the "smooth images" setting disabled.

So it's looking like this setting is stored somewhere in the registry, and maybe the registry settings for each user are in turn stored in a file under "documents and settings"?  That would explain why I had issues with the OUtlook profile even though I had deleted all of the files under the outlook-related folders under the user's directory.

So basically my question now is:  where is this "smooth images" setting located in the registry?
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I was able to figure this out using a program called "RegShot".  I took a snapshot of the registry before and after changing the "Smooth images" option and was able to see what registry values had changed.  For everyone's reference, here are the registry entries for that setting:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\9.0\Originals

(if "Originals" does not exist, simply create it):

Then create two REG_DWORD values within there.

bAntialiasImages    should have a value of 0
iAntialiasThreshold   should have a value of 3 (decimal)
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