Adobe Reader icon prob. Update to yesterdays question. Thanx 4 responses

By dannerpaint ·
System Restore won't work, Oldest restore point is few days ago & have been dealing w/ this since around 8/15/11. Thanks for the response though. (<this was added after the following)
Adobe Reader Download causes all icons to change to Adobe icons
Got a notice while on Microsoft Site to upgrade to Adobe Reader X around 8/5-10/11:;;;
ALL icons on desktop & Start menu (programs) are now ADOBE icons, And if selected, Take me to Adobe reader page; somehow are linked???? (From which I can only select to Cancel as PDF documents are not available). *(NOTE, bought computer on 7/31/11; PDF files read fine and I printed some; also, accessed ACER Inspire Owners Manual (.PDF) and read some. About a week later, while on Microsoft site, got a message that... (see below)
Have Downloaded and Uninstalled NUMEROUS (+15) times, (the only way to get icons back to normal). This is a NEW computer and I'm pretty sure came w/ Adobe Reader 9.3 or 4. *WAS definitly able to view PDF files @ that time. Only after being notified while on a Microsoft site that an update (to A.R.10) was available AND Recommended did I try to DL. Have even tried to revert to earlier version AND tried to D.L. earlier ver. (9.3 or 4) directly from Adobe site. But this problem recurrs. *NOTE, This also happened ONCE with Internet Explorer Icon, But not sure of details. PLEASE HELP. THANKS
Running Win.7 (64bit) S.P.1 BUT I DO open IE with the 32 bit version. Have tried it (Downloading) on both (32 & 64 bit). Note, also running Microsoft Security Essentials, (if that makes any difference)...
~~ Today, Aug 29,11, Attempted to try D.L. again after reading in a forum (??) that someone had success loading Adobe Reader 10 using Mozilla FireFox, as in PROBLEM SOLVED!! However; I tried Google, SAME PROB. All (MOST) Icons change to Adobe Icons. This time I took pictures of each screen; Desktop, Start Menu, All Programs and OPENED Folders & Sub-folders, all showing Adobe Icons. As well as Processes to Uninstall. Any time an icon is clicked it goes to Adobe Reader instead of whatever its named. For exemple, tried to click WordPad to write this, went to Adobe PDF Reader instead. Also, Gives an error message first but if I simply close it (click "OK") I have access to all PDF files, No Prob. Message states, "Adobe Reader could not open "SC_Reader.ico" because it is either not a supported file type or has been damaged (for example, it was sent as an email attachment and wasn't correctly decoded)." --Read something about 'FILE ASOCIATION ???".
I Simply want to read my Owners Guide for this NEW computer, And pring important documents. I Know I could access when I first got it with no problems. It is an extreme inconvenience to have to download EACH time I want to view or print a PDF, ESPECIALLY since I can't access most other programs at the same time, Have to uninstall Adobe Reader to do so, but can't unistall w/ Adobe window (PDF file) open. Please help, keep in mind, I'm not very computer literate, so if anything has to do with the PROGRAMMING end of things, It'll have to be step-by-step. I now have 25-30 HOURS into this. (Research, try this, try that) Thanks for any help. Kevin
Icons change upon download, UPDATE from yesterday, 8/29/11
~~ Backed up computer to external device (not Windows but Acer backup), then, created system restore point. ~ Created NEW Administrator Account ~ Tried Downloading Adobe Reader 10. SUCCESS No Icons altered, able to DL, view & print PDF files. ~ Close all programs. >Change User. (Back to ORIGINAL Admin. Acct.) > ICONS ARE ALTERED HERE!!! ~ Go back to NEW user acct., DL Adobe Flash (10.3), works fine. // Check IE version (9.3)., CLOSE, switch to 'Broken' user acct. **[SIDENOTE, is it normal for something called Adobe AIR to show up w/ Reader Download ???] ~ Check IE version (9.3), ** I SWEAR it showed ver. 6 yesterday**. Try DLing anyways (MS site) in both 64, then 32bit. Won't LOAD, Msg says "Newer version already on computer". ~ Switch back to NEW Admin. Acct., Check Ver. (9.0.8112.16421, Update Ver.9.0.2 (KB2559049)). >Switch user, Check older Admin. Acct. Shows SAME. Uninstall stuff, *3 Screensavers. > Icons Still Altered after shutdown & reboot. Uninstall EVERYTHING installed since comp. was new, *2 more screensavers & Bearshare. ~ Goto Uninstall, select Adobe Reader X, select 'Change'. RESTART comp. No result (Icons still Altered). > UNINSTALL. Icons revert back to normal (default appearance and file associations.) This is crazy and driving me there. I can't understand how or why everything is fine in NEW user acct. but messed up in old. Since everything (programs, etc...) apppear to be identical. I would just delete old acct. & use new one if I knew how to transfer files (pics, music, pdf's, & especially IE Favorites) to new one. Although I dion't believe this would FIX the real problem which is what I desire to do. RE..I AM quite novice w/ computers, though this problem is Forcing me to learn a bunch. Thanks for any additional ideas. K

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That was an effort to read and understand

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Adobe Reader icon prob. U ...

The occasional break helps no end. :0

But what has happened here is that your User Account has become corrupt. It happens and while not as common as some will say it's not all that uncommon either. You need to understand that Windows Tells you Lies You also have to understand that there are 2 components of this New computer the Hardware supplied by Acer I think and the software supplied by Microsoft.

The Hardware seems to be working OK but the Software is working about as well as can be expected. M$ never made great software just something that works Well Enough

To that end copy all your Data as Plain Data to a Temp Folder you have made somewhere on the C Drive and then open the new User Account and copy your data back into the My Documents Folder and so on. When you are sure that you have all your Data in place you can delete the Old User Account.

Ideally instead of relying on the Acer Backup Utility you should copy your Data to whatever you have as Plain Data just highlight whatever it is you have and copy it to whatever you have as Backup Media. The Acer Backup utility backs up the entire corrupt OS including the User Account and OS and if you rely on this to restore your Data it's also going to restore the corruption.


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