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De-installed Reader 7.1 & tried to install Reader 9.0 & got message "can't get essential parameter (15229.305.1023)". Download was stopped & could not finish. Found no help with this at Adobe support site. Then tried to install older versions of Reader & could not find any at Adobe (everything points you back to 9.0). Am afraid to install older versions from non-Adobe sites. Any ideas?
I uninstalled Version 7, downloaded 9, and got the same error ("Can't retrieve essential parameter! (15229.305.1023)")
I clicked OK, and installation proceeded to 93.3%, where it hung. It helpfully tells me "Adobe Reader - Installation Pending ..." The ellipsis refreshes, as if the process knows what it is doing, but nothing happens.
Windows XP SP3, no anti-virus programs running.
Then I downloaded and saved AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe to a handy folder, double-clicked on the file's name in Windows Explorer, and it installed. Then I double-clicked the name of a ".pdf" file, and Reader 9 ... worked!
I'm having the same problem. I ran cleanup utility and RegCure. Rebooted, all the usual stuff. But I still get the error.
I'm having same problem.
How/where can I download just AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe without going through the installer ?
I tried Bob D's solution above by: 1) executing (double-click-ing "AdbeRdr90_EN_US.exe" in DOCUMENTS, received a message that a driver upgrade for "PCI Data Fax SoftModem with SmartCP" was available which I cliched on install, when The "SUCCESS" screen appeared and I cliche OK, the whole process stopped with NO READER 9 installed.
RESULTS: NO LUCK
To Ken Chai:
Go to Adobe Downloads to get the Reader.
Make sure you like what it says about your OS. When I do this, it says
Download the latest version of Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader 9
(includes Acrobat.com on Adobe AIR)
Windows XP SP2 - SP3, English
This is where it gets tricky.
Click the large yellow Download Now button.
Cancel the download right away. I did this by clicking on the Window-exit button in the upper right corners of the two pages: the error message about "Can't retrieve" some stupid parameter, and the download window. Don't worry if you're slow with the clicking, but don't wait all day.
Your browser ought to be on a page that shows this:
Thank you. Your download will start automatically.
If it does not start, click here to download.
Click on the "click here".
Click on Save. I use Windows Explorer habitually, so I made a handy directory (folder) into which to save the downloaded file. Maybe you can save it to your desktop (which is in fact a directory).
Then do the double-click to execute.
I gave up on Adobe 9. I search Google for a website where I could download an earlier version of Adobe Reader, found one where I could download 7.0.9 and did it. Now I have a reader which I can use.
Can you tell me which site you downloaded version 7 from >
Interesting, Adobe achieved revenue of $887.3 million ?!!... surely someone can help us with this one !
To Bob D:
Thank you for the instructions... It worked. I first uninstalled all Adobe programs via add/remove programs. Had to install ActiveX next at the prompt. Then followed your instructions. No problems with install.
Using Windows XP Media Edition.