Acrobat 8.x is not Windows 7 compatible.
Well, I've been using Acrobat 8 for some time on Win7 without a problem, but I think that's beside the point.
When Win7 indexes the files on the PC, isn't it using the iFilter? Acrobat isn't even open or running during indexing.
Well, I just got suckered
I went and paid Adobe a bunch of my money to upgrade to version 9.x and it still doesn't work! So now what?
1. Uninstalled iFilter 9
2. Uninstalled Acrobat Standard 8.x
4. Installed Acrobat Standard 9.0
5. Next, installed iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms following the update sequence listed here:
6. Rebooted when prompted
7. Installed updates 9.1 through 9.3.4 rebooting after each update when prompted
8. Checked indexing options and verified that pdf & pdfxml file types were checked and the PDF Description said "PDF Filter" - both were OK
9. Verified that "Index Properties and File Contents was selected - it was
10. Clicked on Index Settings and clicked on the "Rebuild" button
11. Checked back some time later and the indexing was complete
12. Tried the Windows search I described in my opening post and it found zero (0) pdf files!
So what's next?
EDIT: I read on some other forums where users had success getting this to work by checking "Index Encrypted Files" in the Indexing Options and then Rebuilding the index. So I tried that, but no success. Win7 search still won't find pdf file contents :-(
So, I opened a Customer Support case with Adobe.
Today, I get their response. The first line says it all. The rest of it is just standard yada and was a waste of time if they had bothered to read what I sent them. I've already done what they cut & pasted.
The status of my case has been changed to "Withdrawn." So much for Adobe customer support.
Here's their response:
"I regret to inform you that we have not tested it yet on windows 7
platform. However I would like to inform you that Please follow the
steps mentioned below:
1. Download and extract the contents of "PDFiFilter64installer.zip" to
your local drive.( FROM THE LINK MENTIONED BELOW):
2. Double click "PDFFilter64installer.msi" to launch the installer.
3. Follow the instructions in the installer wizard to complete the
After installing the PDF iFilter, it is recommended that you set your
system PATH environment variable to the "bin" folder of the "Ifilter"
installation. For example, from the "Control
Panel\System\Advanced\Environment Variables" tab, append to PATH
"C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms\bin\"
and then restart the computer."
I am able to get the PDF hits while searching for the PDF contents. PDF iFilter works fine for me, but i could see a problem, when I am searching in a parent folder(which is actually unindexed) and it contains the indexed folder containing PDF files, they are not searchable. But the same is happening with me for Office files as well. And this is specific to only Win7 both 32 and 64 bit, seems to be a bug on Microsoft side.
I can suggest you a workaround, just index the folder from which you are searching and then you can get the hits from PDF content as well.
I finally found the root cause of my problem and resolved it. All the details can be found here:
See my post there dated Oct. 03, 2010