1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 26, 2008 10:59 AM by Nemuri13

    Adobe takes over all the icons

      Okay, I am trying to re-install Adobe Reader on a friend's computer. She doesn't know how she lost it but she did. When I downlaod Adobe 9 it goes through the whole process but ALL of the desktop icons become adobe and won't open in their original programs.

      the only way to fix it is to uninstall.

      She has a Dell Inspiron 1720 with Windows Visa as the OS.

      any help would be appreciated
        • 1. Re: Adobe takes over all the icons
          Nemuri13 Level 1
          Teresa,

          This problem occurs if one or more of the following conditions are true:
          The file association of the .exe file has been changed to another default program.
          The registry subkey setting for the file association is corrupted

          Solution: Set permissions to their defaults in the registry

          Disclaimer: This procedure involves editing the Windows registry. Adobe doesn't provide support for editing the registry, which contains critical system and application information. Make sure to back up the registry before editing it. For more information about the registry, see the Windows documentation or contact Microsoft. (Refer to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ for more information about backing up and restoring the registry in Windows)

          1. Launch Notepad by clicking on Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad
          2. Enter the following into Notepad:
          Windows Registry Editor Version 6.00
          [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe]
          [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe]
          [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe\OpenWi thList]
          [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.exe\OpenWi thProgids] "exefile"=hex(0):
          3. Click on the File Menu and select Save As
          4. From the Save as Type drop down select All Files
          5. Change the File Name to Exe.reg
          6. Save the file to the Desktop and then close Notepad.
          7. Double-click the Exe.reg file. Note: If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, enter the password or provide proper confirmation.
          8. Click Yes, and then click OK in response to the registry prompts.
          9. Restart your Computer
          10. You should be sure to delete the Exe.reg file after resolving this issue.

          Most of the information in this doc was from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950505

          Good Luck!