Windows Mail won't open PDF since installing Adobe Reader X

  DickGreen 28 Jan 13

I am using Windows Mail from within Windows Vista (service pack 2). I have recntly installed Adobe Reader X and now PDF files will not open from within Windows Mail although I can save and then open them. I get the error message "this file does not have a program associated with it for perfoming this action. Create an asociation in the Set Associations control panel" How do I do this? (PDFs are correctly set within Internet Explorer.)

  difarn 28 Jan 13

Start - Control Panel - Programs - Default Programs - choose Associate a file type or protocol with a program - wait for the list to populate - browse the list to find the extension you want to create an association for - click on file extension and choose "change" - click on arrow to expand the selection - if you do not see your program choose "browse" to find it - click on that program and then on ok.

  DickGreen 28 Jan 13

Thanks, difam. Have already tried that. It says PDF associated with Adobe Reader. If i save the file and then open it it works OK. it is just within Windows Mail that i get this silly response. DickGreen

  difarn 29 Jan 13

There are various suggestions on this Microsoft Community forum.

  alanrwood 29 Jan 13

Best advice I can give is to uninstall Adobe Reader completely and install Foxit Reader instead. It is much faster and less resource hungry that the later bloated versions of Adobe Reader.

  difarn 29 Jan 13


I agree with that - I too have Foxit Reader installed instead of Adobe.

  Moonsorrow 31 Jan 13

try simple Control Panel and Check for Updates, if none, open Adobe Reader and somewhere in the 'Support','Help' or 'Downloads' try to get the latest updates of the application. U must be connected on the internet


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