Adobe Reader version for XP Home Edition

December 26, 2010 at 10:23:36
Specs: Windows XP
Can't open any PDF's - system just freezes. What Adobe Reader version do I download?

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December 26, 2010 at 10:28:00
The latest version (9.4.1) should work - if it doesn't, suggests you have other problems/conflict between adobe reader and something else. You only mention freezing opening pdfs - anything else untoward going on?

You could try using an alternative like foxit

Or uninstall ALL versions of adobe reader installed (there may be just one, but often more), then reinstall latest.

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December 26, 2010 at 10:45:48
Actually the latest version of acrobat reader is version 10 called Adobe Reader X

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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December 26, 2010 at 10:49:27
I uninstalled Adobe and am ready and willing to download another version but wanted to make sure it was the right one since my computer is so old. We haven't been able to open any PDFs for a very long time....and the entire computer freezes. We end up shutting it down and restarting. The only other problem I'm really aware of is that Internet Explorer does not stay open on our system. We pretty much use Firefox exclusively.

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December 26, 2010 at 12:32:22
Sounds you have other problems rather than just PDF files. Adobe has gotten pretty hefty, try Foxit Reader instead:

Also, if you don't regularly clean your system, download CCleaner-Slim, install it & use it regularly. Get the last one on this list::

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December 26, 2010 at 18:33:42

I did download this CCleaner and it wants to delete a bunch of items. How do I know if it is deleting something important (maybe related to itunes or my ipod, etc.)? Apparently there is alot in my temporary files that CCleaner thinks should be deleted.
Thanks for the help!!!!

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December 27, 2010 at 06:13:28
IMO CCleaner and other registry cleaners do not improve machine performance and can cause major problems by removing something they shouldn't. Windows own clean up mechanism will allow you to delete temporary files (these are safe to delete - they should have been by the process that created them, but many such processes - usually program installs - do not have good housekeeping procedures). The registry is another matter - and while on older versions of windows (like ME, 98 & 95) a registry cleanup could boost performance, on XP its impact is not noticeable (again in my experience). But it is easy for cleaners to mistake 'unused' entries when they still are in use - resulting in loss of functionality.

IE not working is a common problem on windows machines - the pdf problem may or may not be related. If the pdf files you're interested in are on the web, try installing google chrome browser - its got its own built in pdf reader now, doesn't need adobe or any other. But otherwise (for reading pdfs on your hard drive), as I suggested at the top, try foxit.

I suspect a repair reinstall of XP would benefit your machine - and if its old, would also suspect putting in additional RAM would also help. You'd need someone with reasonable technical expertise to advise/perform these updates.

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December 27, 2010 at 08:26:56
Steve Dunn,

If you have never used CCleaner before, please keep your comments to yourself. CCleaner has been around for a LONG time & AFAIK, it has NEVER been found to be harmful. CCleaner doesn't touch the registry unless the user elects to run the Registry scanner. Even then, it doesn't delete anything until the user gives the OK. It provides the option to pick & choice registry entries from a list & can also create a registry backup before deleting, so unless the user is a complete moron, he (or she) can easily cover his (or her) azz.

The Cleaner deletes temp files, temp history files, cookies, index.dat files, clipboard, memory dumps, etc. These files build up on the system & slow it down. The average user never touches the IE settings. The default in IE is to save all browsing history for 20 days plus the "disk space used" setting can be HUGE. With the default IE settings, several GB of useless garbage will accumulate & slow the system.

Personally, I have IE history set to zero days & disk space set to 50MB. And I run CCleaner at the end of every single browsing session. If I'm on/off the internet 5 times in a day, I will run CCleaner 5 times. Each time it will clear at least 100MB of garbage. The leaner you keep your system, the better it will run.

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December 28, 2010 at 10:43:44
mickliq - and who knows which registry entries are safe - and which users would know whether or not to run registry scanner. I do this professionally, and am constantly having to fix machines where users who have no idea what they are doing are encouraged to run various 'fixit' apps from the web. They expect a magic wand. I also reiterate - I've seen no noticeable performance improvement on xp by cleaning up the registry - using something like autoruns or msconfig to turn of start up apps is the way to improve performance - again need some technical expertise or like a recent customer of mine, following internet instructions, you may turn off vital windows services and so disable functionality you need (in his case, networking and obviously the internet).

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