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Execute Help > Check for Updates then change the preferences.
THat's an awful interface for setting such options.
I would recommend that you uninstall the version of "adobe reader" that you have and then do a clean install of build 8.1.2..
build 8.1.2 does not have the same bugs that the earlier versions of build 8.x had..
> I would recommend that you uninstall the version of "adobe reader" that you have and then do a clean install of build 8.1.2..
And why in the world would you "recommend" that for Howard's issue?
I just installed version 8.1.2. When I click on Check for Updates, the program attempts to do this, but never terminates. In addition, it occupies 100% of my CPU, and I am unable to terminate the process via the Windows Task Manager. The only way to stop the process is by shutting down completely. This is absurd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ayup, very poor design.
My recollection was that I did not have to reboot to stop the critter, but I did so anyway.
How do you do an uninstall if your Add/Remove Programs is corrupted? I can't get the Programs list to display. This occurred as a result of my killing the AdobeUpdater.exe process through Task Manager. See my Post from yesterday: "Adobe Reader 8.1.2 Update Problem".
Did you reboot?
I've never seen the Add/Remove programs list go away, that indicates a deeper problem.
After rebooting, do you see the Add/Remove programs list?
If not, open the Control Panel, right click and select refresh.
Does that fix things?
If not, I suggest posing this question in the microsoft.public.* newsgroup for your OS.