How to Disable Adobe Update Manager

Written by tammy clevenger
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The Adobe Update Manager is automatically installed with Adobe CS3, 4 and 5 products. Users might seek to disable the Adobe Update Manager, however, there is no way to disable this feature within the Adobe CS interface. To disable the Update Manager, you must create a simple text file that includes XML code. Placing the file in the correct location in the Adobe CS installation disables the Adobe Update Manager.

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  1. 1

    Right-click anywhere on the Windows desktop and select "New" from the context menu.

  2. 2

    Click "Text Document." A new Notepad document will be created on the desktop.

  3. 3

    Click the text file to open the blank page in Notepad.

  4. 4

    Copy and paste the following lines of code into the text file.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>




  5. 5

    Click "File" from the top navigation bar in Notepad and click "Save As."

  6. 6

    Click the "File Type" drop-down box and select "All Files."

  7. 7

    Type the following name for the file into the "File Name" input box and press the "Save" button:


  8. 8

    Copy the text file to the following location in the Microsoft Windows XP and newer operating system:

    C:\Program files\common files\adobe\AAMUpdaterInventory\1.0\AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat

    For 64-bit systems, add "(x86)" to the "Program Files" part of the path. (Example: "\Program Files(x86)\".)

  9. 9

    Close all Adobe CS applications. When the Adobe applications are reopened, the Adobe Update Manager is disabled.

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