1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 23, 2010 12:46 PM by KHemmelman

    Registry trick to disable Adobe Reader X updates?

    Macnamara_Dan

      Hi all,

       

      Just installed Adobe Reader X and it seems like a great application-much improved also.

       

      I was wondering if someone can give me a hint on how to disable Adobe Reader X future updates from the registry?

      Version 9 had this option and I find it quite useful, so if you have any information please let me know.

       

      Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Registry trick to disable Adobe Reader X updates?
          KHemmelman

          Isn't it as simple as changing the updater option under the Edit - Preferences menu?

           

          When I change the updater option under the preferences, it changes a registry value located here:

           

          HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Adobe ARM\1.0\ARM

           

          The value it changes is a DWord value of "iCheck".  The three options for the updater were:

           

          "Automatically Install Updates"      - iCheck = 3

          "Automatically download updates, but let me choose when to install them"      - iCheck = 2

          "Do not download or install updates automatically"      - iCheck = 0

           

          This was on a Windows 7 pc.  I can't answer if there are other things going on elsewhere that might have an effect on the auto update function of Adobe Reader.

           

          I do see that Reader X insists on running a few things like past versions when Windows loads.

           

          HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

           

          StringValue - Adobe ARM = "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"

           

          StringValue - Adobe Reader Speed Launcher = "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"

           

          StringValue - AdobeAAMUpdater-1.0 = "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\UWA\UpdaterStartupUtility.exe"

           

          The 'AdobeAAMUpdater-1.0' entry appears to be a new one with ReaderX as I don't recall seeing it in past versions.  We normally remove these items from auto starting for our users since none of our users are admins and can't perform an auto update or installation.  (Actually we leave these entries here, but we "blank" them out because in past versions every time a tech would update Reader, it would re-write these values which we don't want and we found leaving the entries there, but blanking them out, left them alone if you did a manual update.)