Sunday, May 13, 2018

Tips&Tricks – Adobe Reader DC – Disabling Automatic Updates

Here’s a quick tip to completely disable Adobe Reader DC automatic updates.
On this examples, we’ll use a registry configuration for Windows x64 machines:

First things first. There are 3 ways to disable automatic updates. You can choose one of them but…I use all 2 just because we never know if Adobe changes they’re mind about it and one of the ways stops working on next Adobe Reader DC release:

bUpdater

Disables the Updater and removes associated user interface items

Check

Specifies the default time interval in days to check for updates.

Mode

Specifies the Updater’s update mode (manual | automatic)

Now, for the registry keys (that you can apply using Group Policy Preferences for example) here’s what you need:

bUpdater

Path
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\FeatureLockDown\

Value Name
bUpdater

Value Type and Data
REG_DWORD = 0


Mode

Path
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Adobe\Adobe ARM\Legacy\Reader\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AC0F074E4100}

Value Name
Mode

Value Type and Data
REG_DWORD = 0

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