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    "HANGS, stupid splash screen, hurts XP machines"

    February 27, 2013  |   By brainout




    Wrecks mouse on XP Pro.
    Hangs and disables attaching pdf files in Outlook Express.
    Horrible toolbar now that is not easily configurable
    FIREFOX WILL NOT ALLOW EARLIER VERSIONS, and if you try to use them on the same machine, it will disable your activity.


    I had the wonderful Adobe 9 Acrobat, updated through 9.5, and it was everything you could wish for, except of course the insane and arcane options in Swahili that you'd have to guess at post-installation, in Edit Preferences.

    About two months ago, Firefox wouldn't allow me to use it anymore, so I had to uninstall and substitute Reader 10. Then it wouldn't allow Reader 10, and in the very middle of uploading a video it truncated the upload, no explanation. But then it said it wouldn't allow Reader 10, that I had to upgrade to the monstrosity which is Reader XI.

    My machine hasn't worked rightly, since. Mouse hangs, shut down hangs, every time I point at a file which is a pdf it hangs, so I spent HOURS looking for anything on my computer which had 'Adobe' in the file name after uninstalling this horrible 'update', to see if I could get rid of the problem.

    Tried Fox-it Reader, but even its paid business version kept on hanging when trying to render a pdf file into Word, no explanation why; Fox-it's free program is only a GRAPHIC pdf reader, so is not searchable. So I was stuck going back to horrible Adobe XI.

    It's still not working, as listed in the cons. Wish I could find something else!

    Funny thing is, I have Acrobat 6 and 9 running on my other machines, and they work fine. But this one I use for internet and email. So now I have to redeploy to another machine, just because Reader has unaccountably wrecked this one (XP Pro, 32-bit, all service packs and updates applied).

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  • Reply by C.Schroeder on March 10, 2013

    I am using Sumatra PDF as my default PDF reader in Windows and only use Adobe Reader when I absolutely need its features.

    I had problems with Reader X in WinXP on my work laptop, so have stayed with Reader 9.5.x for my WinXP PC at home.

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