I am having this problem with Adobe Reader and Windows 7 as well. I am seriously PO'ed. From the numbers of people who are having the problem and lack of response from either Adobe or Microsoft to find a solution it makes me wonder if it isn't time to find alternatives. I do have Acrobat installed & once I finally got it working after installing Windows 7 (there were conflicts there as well) it seems to be working fine and I can open my .pdf documents. Now I just have to figure out how to set things up to so I can more easily open .pdf's in my browser(s). If you are only using Reader I would suggest searching for one of the alternative programs. There are some out there. But no doubt about it, Reader 9 sucks, big time.
Thanks for everybodies help! Glad to hear i'm not the only one. I've been using PDF exchange viewer which works great but some things for her school require adobe. And no Adobe doesn't give a crap about this problem! I contacted them and because it's freeware they won't help! If anybody happens to figure it out let me know! Thanks Again
Okay all - I have just determined that this is not a problem with Reader but is in fact the result of a (gasp!) virus that seems to have invaded our computers. It changes all file associations to a .lnk extension. I did know this when the problem first happened after updating to Adobe Reader 9.3.2 but I have uninstalled Reader completely and when I opened up this morning I saw all of my icons had changed to Internet Explorer, again all with that .lnk extension. A google search took me to the following Microsoft site - http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/itprovistadesktopui/thread/e8631c28-4ce5-43c c-8865-b75fa2255b57 which contains a link to a file that will make the necessary change to the Registry. I followed the procedure & rebooted and things are back to normal. Note that there is a change to the Registry so you may want to back it up just to be safe, but so far I haven't had any problems. I am also running a full virus scan, including spyware and adware. Good luck.
Sorry to hear that it didn't work for you. If you are able to open your web
browser (I assume you can do that) do a Google search on "viruses that
change Windows icons to .lnk" and you will find a number of responses. This
is one of them -
This is a Microsoft site and you can see there are a few options. You may
need to contact Microsoft directly. Hope this helps some, buddy. Good
luck. I'm still holding my breath as to whether or not my computer will
remain stable. I told my wife last night that I am seriously considering
switching to Mac!!! We bought a Mac for her a couple of years ago & she
loves it (no problems with it all). I kept the Windows based machine
because, (a) I am familiar with it, and (b) it is more compatible with a lot
of the business software and files I used to be involved with. As that is
not necessarily the case any longer, a switch may be in my future. But in
the meantime I continue to try to tweak Windows to suit me & I continue to
try find solutions to the problems that inevitably occur. Again good luck.
Let me know how you do.