Ok, I have now gotten Reader 10 installed, can open files from my desktop but IE 9 keeps crashing when I try to open PDF files even though I exited and relaunched IE 9. I did take ownership of all the folders containing Reader 10 and then clicked OK when I got the error notice about the shortcut being installed. I did make a copy of the crash error report and it reads as follows:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: iexplore.exe
Application Version: 9.0.8112.16421
Application Timestamp: 4d76255d
Fault Module Name: IEFRAME.dll
Fault Module Version: 9.0.8112.16440
Fault Module Timestamp: 4eb319a7
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 001b174b
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 0a9e
Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
Additional Information 3: 0a9e
Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
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Please uninstall any version of Adobe Reader from the Control Panel > Programs and Features.
Download the latest Reader installer from http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/10.x/10.1.2/en_US/AdbeRdr1012_en_US.exe
Right click on the installed file and click on "Run as Administrator" and let the installation proceed.
Hopefully this should fix the problem.