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You have to have Reader open for IE to pick it as the default viewer, as you noted. This configuration is discouraged by Adobe for this reason and the fact that Reader and a Acrobat have shared application libraries which can be different from version to version. Version 8 was the first version that Adobe said that one could have Reader and Acrobat on the same computer.
Thank you for the answer, but she doesn't answer has my question!
Reader is free, Acrobat is paying = the 2 versions remain
I found the solution:
I first install Acrobat, then then Reader and all functions
> I first install Acrobat, then then Reader and all functions
This is not a permanent solution and is not supported by Adobe. When you have two products that share quite a few OS-level interactions that span such a wide gap in major revisions, unexpected behavior will happen. The two products simply were not designed to work together, especially when they are that many revisions apart.
You should also be aware that Acrobat and Reader can both change the default plug-in for IE and will fight each other for control. You will also have to make sure you select one not to integrate into IE. But this might not resolve the issue of what product will be selected by the OS when you double click on a PDF.