9 Replies Latest reply on May 27, 2017 7:38 AM by peterjeb

    Error 1606 - Could not access network location '%appdata%\'

    appdata

      When I download the latest version of Adobe Reader, I get two messages.  Error 1606: Could not access network location '%appdata%\' and also 'Installation successful.  You are now running Adobe Reader x(10.1.0)'.  Unfortunately, I can't open any PDF files.

      I've followed the steps in KB886549 and all the registry entries listed there are correct.  That article only seems to apply to problems with Microsoft products, not with Adobe problems.

      I'm using Windows Vista, SP2.

        • 1. Re: Error 1606 - Could not access network location '%appdata%\'
          pwillener Level 8

          appdata wrote:

           

          I get two messages.  Error 1606: Could not access network location '%appdata%\' and also 'Installation successful.  You are now running Adobe Reader x(10.1.0)'.

          That is very confusing...

           

          Is your %USERPROFILE% correctly set?  KB886549 is really the solution for any 1606 errors.

           

          appdata wrote:

           

          I can't open any PDF files.


          What does that mean - what happens when you try?

          • 2. Re: Error 1606 - Could not access network location '%appdata%\'
            appdata Level 1

            According to KB 886549, my registry entries are correct, but those entries seem to apply only to various Microsoft products, as detailed in the KB.

            When I try to open a PDF file, I get a pop up with a message 'Choose the program you want to use to open this file'.  Adobe Reader isn't one of the choices given, and I don't even see Reader listed in my Programs list in the control panel.

            I suspect that Adobe Reader is on my computer somewhere but its registry entry is missing so it can't be located.  Is this possible? 

            • 3. Re: Error 1606 - Could not access network location '%appdata%\'
              pwillener Level 8

              Almost all applications use some of these environment variables, not only Microsoft products.

               

              If you cannot find it in the Programs list in Control Panel, then Adobe Reader is not installed on your system.

               

              I suggest that you download the installer from http://get.adobe.com/reader/enterprise/ and try the install again.  Do you still get that error?

               

              If yes, open Windows Explorer and type %appdata% in the address bar; where does it take you when you press Enter?

              • 4. Re: Error 1606 - Could not access network location '%appdata%\'
                appdata Level 1

                I turned off my antivirus and then followed your suggestion.  Unfortunately, I'm still getting the same error.

                When I type %appdata% I go to appdata/roaming and when I open the Adobe folder I see entries for Acrobat, Air, and Flash Player, but not for Reader.

                 

                From: ʇɐb ɹəuəllıʍ <forums@adobe.com>

                To: myron weiskopf <myronw12@yahoo.com>

                Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2011 11:39 PM

                Subject: Error 1606 - Could not access network location '%appdata%\'

                 

                Almost all applications use some of these environment variables, not only Microsoft products.

                 

                If you cannot find it in the Programs list in Control Panel, then Adobe Reader is not installed on your system.

                 

                I suggest that you download the installer from http://get.adobe.com/reader/enterprise/ and try the install again.  Do you still get that error?

                 

                If yes, open Windows Explorer and type %appdata% in the address bar; where does it take you when you press Enter?

                • 5. Re: Error 1606 - Could not access network location '%appdata%\'
                  GadflyDan

                  I am trying to resolve the same issue and hope this discussion sheds light on it. I've searched the forums and tried most of the obvious suggestions, e.g. resetting to an earlier system restore point (tried two actually), the MS kb/886549 fix and I've tried backing up the registry and deleting the hkey/localmachine/software/microsoft/office key. Those fixes have unfortunately not worked on this system.

                   

                  The machine is running Win 7 Home Premium

                  There is a trial version of MS Office still installed which seems to be having it's own registry related issues now that I look at it...

                  any other details that would be helpful?

                  • 6. Re: Error 1606 - Could not access network location '%appdata%\'
                    GadflyDan Level 1

                    Just wanted to follow up on my experience with this error. Since my last post I had not had a chance to work on the computer in question; I sat down this afternoon to see if I could get anywhere with it and for some reason it allowed me to completely install the Adobe Reader update without causing the 1606 "cannot access %appdata%" message. Wish I knew why it worked this time but thought I should post the conclusion to my issue.

                    • 7. Re: Error 1606 - Could not access network location '%appdata%\'
                      peterjeb

                      I have this problem with my old Adobe Acrobat Pro 7.0.

                      It still works fine (Windows 7) but gives the annoying message since my NAS drive failed. Clearly it can no longer be accessed!

                      To avoid it crashing like this, I have to start it up by opening a PDF file.

                      There must be some way to get it to forget that location but I've yet to discover it!

                      • 8. Re: Error 1606 - Could not access network location '%appdata%\'
                        Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                        Acrobat 7 not compatible with modern systems. But if you don't need to print to PDF nor use PDFMaker, It may reduce to just irritations like this. If %APPDATA% was on a dead disk though you may be dead in the water. What would it be doing there tho'?

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                        • 9. Re: Error 1606 - Could not access network location '%appdata%\'
                          peterjeb Level 1

                          It was working fine for my purposes until the NAS drive failed. It now fails on system start-up when it tries to configure Acrobat (no idea why!). It's looking for a file in my 'pictures' folder, not anything vital. As I tried to say, if I don't start Acrobat from a shortcut or start menu, but just open a file with it, it's fine. I can then do other jobs with it.

                          (Of course, Windows might also have applied helpful updates since it worked!)