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GPO to set adobe reader as default PDF reader RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi Guys,

    I was thinking if anyone can help me with this.

    I would like to know if there is any setting under Group Policy preferences to set Adobe reader as the default pdf reader.

    Server :  Windows server 2012 Standard 

    Client : Windows 8 

    Windows 8 comes with a WIndows PDF reader and we do not want this to be the default program.

    Any suggestions to set Adobe reader to default ? or either disabling windows reader ? Many Thanks !!

    Cheers,

    Pavan


    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 8:19 AM

Answers

  • Thanks a lot for your post,

    Just discovered another way of fixing this issue.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/mrmlcgn/archive/2013/02/26/windows-8-associate-a-file-type-or-protocol-with-a-specific-app-using-a-gpo-e-g-default-mail-client-for-mailto-protocol.aspx

    Cheers ,

    Pavan

    • Marked as answer by Karen Hu Wednesday, May 13, 2015 3:27 AM
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:18 PM

All replies

  • Assuming that Adobe Reader 11 is installed in the default path, you could use the following command in a startup/login script

    ASSOC .pdf=AcroExch.Document
    FTYPE AcroExch.Document="C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" "%1"
    
    This sets the .pdf association to AR11. Hope this helps.
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 8:44 AM
  • Set HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.pdf {default} key as "AcroExch.Document.11" *without quotes.

    and you are good to go.

    • Proposed as answer by mohit_p Tuesday, May 12, 2015 11:15 AM
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:50 AM
  • Thanks a lot for your post,

    Just discovered another way of fixing this issue.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/mrmlcgn/archive/2013/02/26/windows-8-associate-a-file-type-or-protocol-with-a-specific-app-using-a-gpo-e-g-default-mail-client-for-mailto-protocol.aspx

    Cheers ,

    Pavan

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:18 PM
  • Thanks a lot for your post,

    Just discovered another way of fixing this issue.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/mrmlcgn/archive/2013/02/26/windows-8-associate-a-file-type-or-protocol-with-a-specific-app-using-a-gpo-e-g-default-mail-client-for-mailto-protocol.aspx

    Cheers ,

    Pavan

    • Marked as answer by Karen Hu Wednesday, May 13, 2015 3:27 AM
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:18 PM
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    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 3:27 AM
  • BTW - This does not work on Windows 10.
    Wednesday, November 18, 2015 6:50 PM