Set Adobe 9 as the Default PDF viewer on multiple computers

Posted on 2012-09-05
Last Modified: 2012-09-17
Another PDF viewer was installed on multiple PCs and it is now the default. How can I revert back to Adobe Reader 9 being the default?
Question by:jmoody
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    Should just be a matter of resetting the file type association.  One method as follows...

    1. Right-click on any PDF document
    2. Select "Open with"
    3. Select "Choose default program..."
    4. Browse to the Adobe 9 exe
    5. Make sure the checkbox is ticked for "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file."

    Author Comment

    Sorry, I wasn't clear. I need a way to make this change on multiple comptuers. I can push out a fix via SCCM maybe a registry tweak or something.
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    Gotcha.  Yes - you'll want to set the following String Value in the registry:


    Value Name: Progid
    Value Data: Applications\AcroRd32.exe     (confirm this value from a correctly working machine)

    This is from a Win7 Pro machine.  Confirm on your OS version(s).
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    Accepted Solution

    Actually you need to make the entry on the computer settings and not the user settings.

    I am attaching a .reg file which may sort it. Let me know if it did not work. I am on Windows 7

    Author Closing Comment

    That worked. Thanks for your help.

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