How to Disable Adobe 9 Update Registry

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How to Disable Adobe 9 Update Registry
You can change your registry settings to disable the Adobe Updater. (computer screen with padlock image by patrimonio designs from Fotolia.com)

If you own a computer, chances are you're running an Adobe product. Adobe Systems manufacturers a number of popular software applications, including the website design program Dreamweaver and the Flash Video Player required to play video on YouTube and other web pages. The Adobe Acrobat enables users to view Portable Document Files (PDF), which constitute the most commonly shared form of document on the Internet. The company frequently releases updates for its products, and if you grow tired of seeing the Adobe Auto Updater appear each time you restart your computer, you can disable it from appearing.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open your computer's "Registry Editor" by clicking "Start" and then typing "regedit" (without the quotes) into the Search box and pressing "Enter". Click "OK" when prompted to continue.

  2. 2

    Double-click through each of the following folders: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE", followed by "SOFTWARE", then "Policies", then "Adobe".

  3. 3

    Click "Edit" in the top menu bar of the "Registry Editor" then highlight "New" and click "Key". Type "Updater" (without the quotes) to name the New Folder.

  4. 4

    Highlight the "Updater" folder and click "Edit" then highlight "New" and click "String". Type "Enterprise" (without the quotes) to name the new string.

  5. 5

    Double-click on "Enterprise" to open the "Value Data" entry application. Type "1" (no quotes) into the "DWORD value" box and press "Enter" or click "OK".

  1. 1

    Keep the "Registry Editor" open and double-click through the following folders: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE", followed by "Software", then "Adobe".

  2. 2

    Create an "AdobeOnlineDefault" string by clicking "Edit", then highlighting "New" and clicking "string". Type "AdobeOnlineDefault" (no quotes) into the text box. Double click on the string you just created to open the "Edit DWORD value" box and type "0" (no quotes) into the "DWORD value" box and press "Enter" or click "OK". If you already see this string in the right-hand detail panel do not create it again; however, you still need to enter the new DWORD value.

  3. 3

    Double-click through the following folders: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" followed by "SOFTWARE," then "Adobe" and then "CSXSPreferences".

  4. 4

    Create an "UpdatesAllowed" string by clicking "Edit," then highlighting "New" and clicking "string". Type "UpdatesAllowed" (no quotes) into the text box. Double-click on this new string to open the "Edit DWORD value" box and type "0" (no quotes) into the "DWORD value" box and then press "Enter" or click "OK". If you already see this string in the right-hand detail panel do not create it again; however, you still need to enter the new DWORD value.

  5. 5

    Exit the "Registry Editor" by clicking "File" and then clicking "Exit".

Tips and warnings

  • Adobe offers a downloadable tool by which you can disable updates for Adobe 9.0 without making changes to your registry.
  • Do not alter any other folders, strings, or keys in your Registry Editor, as changes to the registry can affect how Windows and other software operates.

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