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Old 03. Sep 2018, 12:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I Need to un-install Adobe Reader in Windows 7

I know how to uninstall Adobe Reader from Programs and Features. After uninstalling, where in the computer can I find the residual matter that these programs usually leave behind, so that I can get rid of all those files and folders.

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Old 03. Sep 2018, 01:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Use the free version of Revo Uninstaller.
https://www.revouninstaller.com/revo..._download.html
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Thank you for this link. I would like to know the places in the computer where the Adobe Reader files are, so that after using the Revouninstaller, I can check that everything Adobe has parked in my computer has been removed.

I know that It is installed in Program Files (x86) in Windows 7 but I suspect there may be other places that more files of Adobe Reader can be found.

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Old 04. Sep 2018, 08:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The other locations that might have Adobe files/folders are:

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Users > Name > AppData > Local & Roaming
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Thank you for this link. I would like to know the places in the computer where the Adobe Reader files are, so that after using the Revouninstaller, I can check that everything Adobe has parked in my computer has been removed.
Please resist the temptation to follow this procedure on a regular basis and 99% of what you read from software vendors online about residual removal is total garbage.

This quote from a Microsoft MVP is the accurate assessment.

"Note that the cleanup of the registry will likely do very little for space, nothing for performance of the system and is a risk. It is merely for your own edification that you would be doing this, the benefits being almost strictly mental.

For the most part - it's best for most people that they DON'T mess with what is installed and DON'T worry over the space on their drive unless it is starting to get very low (under 15% for small drives of 80GB to 160GB or below and less than 20-40GB for any drives over that size, IMHO.) A little cleanup in the wrong place can have dire consequences and any application or individual that tells you they can walk you 100% safely through such a cleanup without seeing it themselves - is probably playing on your need to clean up and hoping for a good outcome *at best*."


https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...a-99a6baf0ebe9
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Old 08. Sep 2018, 01:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you both for your helpful replies. The reason I want to uninstall Adobe is because of it's intrusive nature. I have been using PDF Exchange Editor regularly but from the day I installed Adobe, it took over all my PDF documents and now forces me to use only Adobe, by default. Is there any tweek I can do on the computer, to be able to use the program of my choice (either Adobe Reader OR PDF EXchange Editor). If this is possible I need not uninstall Adobe.
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Old 08. Sep 2018, 02:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This guide may be helpful: How do I change my operating system's default application for opening PDFs?
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Thank you sir, but I am unable to do this. Followed the instructions in this link and clicked on the "Change Program" button. After using the "Browse" function in the "Open with" window that appeared, I am unable to get PDFXchangeEditor to open, in the "Open with" window (to select it as the default program). The attachments below had to be uploaded in 2 parts due to the size limitations here. It is notable that the 'Description' for all 3 file types start with the words "Adobe Acrobat". This looks to me as if Adobe Reader has taken ownership and therefore PDFExchange is getting blocked.

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Run PDF-XChange Editor as Administrator. (right-click)
Open Preferences and click File Associations.
Click Make Default PDF Viewer.

Note: The above is for the Viewer but should be similar in the Editor.
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Run PDF-XChange Editor as Administrator. (right-click)
Open Preferences and click File Associations.
Click Make Default PDF Viewer.

Note: The above is for the Viewer but should be similar in the Editor.
I checked both Editor and Viewer as Administrator. Neither one has an entry named "File Associations" in Preferences.

But in Preferences, when I click on "Launch Applications", the main window shows "Adobe Reader DC" along with the file path to it, under the caption "You have the following applications"
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