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I don't know how you got an installer folder onto your desktop; that is not something that normally happens. What is in it?
If you uninstalled Adobe Reader 8.x before installing 9.x, the Reader 8.0 folder should be gone, at least after a reboot. If not, you can safely delete it.
You shouldn't worry about unused registry entries; they do take up very little space, and they will certainly not slow down your system - contrary to what some people believe.
In the Adobe 9 folder: abcpy.ini, AcroRead.msi, Data1.cab, Setup.exe, setup.ini.
This has happened when installing other programs on my desktop, but usually they are deleted when I finish the installation.
Norton may delete the 8.0 keys. it's just a pain. I'd rather have a squeeky clean system if possible.
I'll delete the old 8.0 folder then.
Any other info about the 9.0 folder?
Have not heard anything about the 9.0 folder yet but will post it when I get around to it.
I had the same problem. But when I restarted my pc, the problem has gone... they were delated
You can use Ubuntu to delete locked files.
Just boot live cd
Where do I get this Ubuntu? No cd. Downloaded the free version.
Is there a file I can download from Adobe that will delete the older programs?
For next time: How can I uninstall Adobe Reader 9 when I need to install Adobe Reader 10?
To delete Adobe Reader: Should I do something in Adobe Reader? Or use Windows add/remove programs?
Note: Usually the folders disappear when the computer is shut off. Not this time for some reason.
Does anyone recommend I just un install Adobe Reader 9 and re-install? It may make this easier. I probably will.
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Normally an Adobe Reader update from one major version to the next (e.g. 8.x to 9.x) should automatically uninstall the previous version. However, this does not always cleanly happen. The best is to uninstall the previous version (via Add/Remove Programs), reboot, then install the new version.
When upgrading major versions that are further apart (e.g. 7.x to 9.x), then an uninstall of the old version is required.
If Add/Remove Programs does not work (because some install files may be corrupted), then the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility can be used to remove the old version.
That link is only usable for Micorsoft Office products. I tried one of them. I tried microsoft search, and could nott find that clean-up utility. Is the link wrong, or an obsolete product?
Maybe I should just uninstall Reader 9 and all other adobe products to be safe. Manually find what I can and erase those files. Then re-install a clean set of files.
Thanks for the help so far.
Yes, uninstall Adobe Reader (not all Adobe software) using Add/Remove Programs, reboot, then delete all leftover files and folders.
Only if that does not work, use the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility*. Yes, that utility has been retired by Microsoft since my post, but it can still be found on numerous download sites (use Google to locate them).
*) The Windows Installer Cleanup Utility works on all programs that have been installed with the Windows Installer, not only Microsoft Office.