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Embedded PDF in Excel 2010

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I have a user with two versions of Adobe, Adobe 4 (don't ask) and Adobe 7.  The require both.  The problem I'm having is within Excel 2010.  When this user opens an embedded PDF in Excel, it chooses Adobe 4 as the viewer and editor.  How would I switch it to automatically select Adobe 7 when double clicking on an object in a spreadsheet?  I've already tried to right-click a PDF file (on the desktop) > Select Open With > and double-clicked Adobe 7 with the checkbox "always use the selected program to open this kind of file."  When I launched excel to try again it still opened in Adobe 4.

Any help would be much appreciated!
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This is probably due to Protected Mode in Adobe. This is designed as a security measure but can cause issues like you are experiencing. As this was introduced last year the version 4 doesn't have it so should be opening things fine.

To check if this is on, which it usually is by default, open Adobe 7 and go to Edit > Preferences.
In the General category look for Enable Protected Mode and uncheck it. Restart Adobe 7.
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Only Adobe Reader X has protected mode.  The issue is with Excel 2010 opening the embedded PDF through Adobe 4.  Adobe 4 is used for an old third party application the user needs for his job function, but he has both Adobe 4 and Adobe 7.  I would like to configure Excel 2010 to open its embedded objects with the Adobe 7 application.  Currently, by default, it tries to launch the PDF with 4.  Hopefully that clarifies the issue.
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Do you have the installation files for version 4 and 7?
If yes then you can try this either on a spare PC or on the client's PC.

-Uninstall both versions and ensure you remove all references to either verison if prompted
-Clean the registry of file associations for Acrobat. You may need something like ccleaner for this. Simply run the registry clean up after software removal and it should remove the unused file extensions

-Install version 7
-Confirm Excel opens PDF files
-Install version 4
-Test Excel again

If this fails repeat the above but with version 4 installed first.
This will help pinpoint where the setting is being applied.
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by:TinyTim85
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Thanks for the solution, this put me on the right track.  I found that whichever Adobe version was installed most recently, that was the install that configured with MS Office.  So if you have Adobe 4 and Adobe 7, install Adobe 7 last to make sure MS Office applications correspond with that install.
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