I am having this exact same issue, but failed to find anything on google. Could someone please lend us a hand?
I have the same problem, but my operating system is Windows 2007 (Home Premium). I can't open any PDFs anymore after installing version X two days ago....Every time when opening a PDF, the Adobe X crashes within a few seconds.
When just opening the Reader itself, without opening a file, no menu items at all appear, just a outer frame with the Adobe logo on top appears, the rest is blank.
Never had any problems with previous versions of Adobe Reader.
The same problem is discussed in the ”Adobe no longer works” thread on this forum: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/857858?tstart=0.
I've read through the other posts. Sounds to like the only "cure" is to roll back to the last stable version of Adobe 9.
Having the same problem, PDF files crash
within a few seconds ever since installing 10.1. I have XP also.