In a small environment, this may not be a problem, but in a larger environment, this can generate a lot of unnecessary support requests when a user that doesn’t have Admin rights gets a UAC prompt that wants Admin credentials.Here’s how to disable the Acrobat update checks so that your end users don’t see messages like this: This tutorial is intended for systems administrators that are using some kind of systems management product for updating 3rd party software like SCCM, Landesk, etc. Creative cloud keeps asking to update to Acrobat DC.
The full path of the key is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPolicies Adobe Acrobat Acrobat10.0Feature Lock Down.
The registry entry is named b Updater and is a DWORD value. (Note: This DWORD value does not exist by default and either has to be created manually or by some other automated method like Group Policy.) Here’s what it looks like in the Registry if you create the entries manually: You could set this manually, but there’s actually a much easier way to do this in Group Policy.
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is set up for automatic updates by default.
It does not provide any UI option in the preferences to control this setting.
I then went to my system configuration and unchecked Adobe Updater, hit apply, hit OK, said yes to the request to restart, and it was STILL THERE.
I did these things over and over again for twenty minutes. Please see sample registries hope this help; Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader.0\Feature Lockdown] "b Updater"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat.0\Feature Lockdown] "b Updater"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader.0\Feature Lockdown] "b Updater"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat.0\Feature Lockdown] "b Updater"=dword:00000000This script I modified a little, but it works well in our global environment: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run] "Adobe Reader Speed Launcher"=- [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run] "Adobe ARM"=- [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run] "Adobe Reader Speed Launcher"=- [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run] "Adobe ARM"=- [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader.0\Feature Lock Down] "b Updater"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader.0\Feature Lock Down] "b Updater"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader.0\Feature Lock Down] "b Updater"=dword:00000000 Thank you - dgarden for the reg entries!There is normally a Customisation Wizard that Adobe produce for acrobat not sure if they have released version 10 yet but that will have options in to change these options it also creates an MST where you can add extra Registry settings hope this helps See my entry in this post..Adobe update manager is really annoying, but most instructions on the web to disable it merely tells Adobe Updater not to report updates; the updater still runs silently.The fact that I'm dedicating system resource every now and then so the Adobe Updater can phone home but not tell me to update is not good enough for me. To stop Adobe Updater completely, one must understand how it gets run in the first place.Many of the security flaws in 3rd party software can lead to malware infections and/or compromised computers.