Windows 8 PDF reader

I have a brand new windows 8 computer. While when I used to open pdfs (within the first month of owning the computer) it would open them in the pdf reader. Now when I try to open a pdf it takes me to my computers photos which is full of random things, but not the pdf I am trying to open. If that makes sense can anyone help me?
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It's ok, and simple fix.  You probably got upgraded to IE 10.

 

You just need to go to Adobe.com and download a current .pdf reader, which is by the way only compatible with 32-bit IE.  And next, go to Windows Update.  You'll have to wait while it scans for updates.  They you can use the "set program defaults) on the right side of the Update screen to designate Adobe Reader as the default program for .pdf files.

 

Alas, this means you'll also have to use the 32-bit version of IE, not the 64-bit.

 

Myself, I had desktop icons for both the 32-bit and 64-bit Explorers, but I had to rename them so I could tell them apart.  You do this simply by left clicking on the title under the icon, which will then highlight, typing the new name (like IE 32), and hitting enter.

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"Alas, this means you'll also have to use the 32-bit version of IE, not the 64-bit."

 

Internet Explorer 10 doesn't have two different versions anymore. They have been integrated into one.

 

Internet Explorer 9 had two versions, and of the two, the best was the 32-bit which had a faster JavaScript engine and was way more compatible generally..

Windows 10 Pro - Start10 - part of a local network which is a '3rd party optimizer-free' zone..

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Good that they integrated them, maybe.  I've been off Win 8 for about 3 weeks now.   (And no, I emphatically do NOT recommend anyone revert from an OEM to Win 7 if you have any choice about it at all, it's even harder than taming Win 8!)

 

But I'm curious.  If they're integrated now, can you still install the real Adobe Reader and Adobe Shockwave?  And the real Java?  I ask because when I had Win 8 and IE 10, some web sites and games didn't function correctly without the real deal.  MS's "incorporated" versions didn't display corrected, or locked up, or wouldn't play, or produced the dreaded BSOD.

 

Does the integrated version work properly now?

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Adobe Reader is invasive and slow. I opt for Foxit Reader. Adobe Shockwave install fine, and Java is real, but not downloadable from Sun as a standalone update.

 

I haven't had any issues with IE 10 and find it to be better than IE 9..

Windows 10 Pro - Start10 - part of a local network which is a '3rd party optimizer-free' zone..

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Hi,

 

Can you please share how you are opening this file. Is this an attachment via a mail or from the Web Browser? There is a likelihood that your association may have changed because of some intermediate install. If this file is already saved to your disk, do you see the file icon to be similar to the Reader Icon?

 

As a quick step, (if not already saved to disk) can you

1. save your PDF document,

2. then right click on it and pick 'Open With'

3. and then 'Choose Default Program'

4. and pick Reader from there.

 

Please let us know if the problem still persists.

 

thanks

-Puneet [msft]

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1. Download Microsoft word

     - Save your pdf

     - Right click and click on open with

     - Choose another program to open the pdf

(IF YOU DON'T WANT/HAVE MICROSOFT WORD YOU CAN STILL USE THINGS THAT ARE WITH YOUR COMPUTER ESSENTIALS)

Ex:

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