Adobe Reader Reg clean up after uninstall


First time poster.

I've created a Adobe 9.1 install package and the install works out. But I noticed on PCs that had Reader 8.x.x prior to 9 the HKCU\software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0 keys remain for all users except the one that installed 9.1 (
in most cases the admin). Now this would not be a problem but in 8.x.x we disabled browser intergration and when 9 gets installed the HKCU\software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Originals\bBrowserInergration (value =(0))key prevents Openning PDFs in browser EVEN if that option is enabled in version 9. As soon as I delete HKCU\software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Originals\bBrowserIntergration all is well. Right now the only solution I've come up with is ugly; it amounts to copying to all users start up folder a bat file to delete HKCU\software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\Originals\bBrowserIntergration. Then you can toggle this setting in 9 and all works well.

My company is not big on using GPOs to delete keys. I've tried using the Adobe customization tool to delete the key but with no effect. Has any one else found a work around?

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Posted by: jmcfadyen 15 years ago
5th Degree Black Belt
this idea is purely hypothetical

Setup an APPSEARCH entry to find the key you want to delete and set a property such as


create a component with a RemoveRegistry entry which looks for the HKCU key condition the component with ACRO8KEYFOUND

The add another HKCU dummy key at the top of the feature tree which will force a repair on execution of version 9.0

when the repair runs the keys should be found trigger the component state to be executed, forcing a removal based on self healing.

worth a shot looks ok in theory ..
Posted by: AngelD 15 years ago
Red Belt
The theory sounds good to me too.

I would only change:
The RemoveRegistry entry should be removing the whole key structure (HKCU\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0) done by specifying "-" as the Name column value as version 9 installs under "HKCU\...\Acrobat Reader\9.0"

Associate the RemoveRegistry entry and the "dummy" HKCU entry with the same component.
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