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When I try to download adobe acrobat my pc says unable to download as I am either in safe mode or my windows installer not correctly installed.

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  • michaelmulca May 11, 2010



    I am the sole user of my pc so there are no restrictions or passwords

    involved. Michael Mulcahy

  • michaelmulca May 14, 2010

    Reinstalling windows will take a while
    but should correct the problem
    Many Thanks for your Help

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Check to see if your user login has Administrative previleges.
Safe Mode may not give you rights to install programs.

Posted on May 11, 2010

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  • Chris Hingee
    Chris Hingee May 12, 2010

    When Windows was first setup a user account was setup as well as a administrator login, if no password is installed on the user account, then when you bootup, Windows does not show a User login unless there is more than one User account.

    The single user account normally has supervisor privileges unless it got accidentally changed.

    Try pressing F8 as you bootup from the Windows, then from Advance Options Menu select "Last Known Good Configuration" and press Enter.

    With luck Windows will start normally and not in Safe Mode, then you should be able to install Acrobat.



  • michaelmulca May 13, 2010



    I have been into user accounts and checked everything which appears ok.

    I have been into Mcafee security and changed some restrictions but to no avail

    F8 button does not appear to function even though it appears on reboot as to be

    used for advanced settings.

    Hope you can help.

  • Chris Hingee
    Chris Hingee May 13, 2010

    I assume you have installed an earlier version of Acrobat reader.

    The only thing I can suggest is to remove the earlier version of Acrobat. Go into Control panel - Add/Remove Program and remove Acrobat. Then Re-boot your computer and then Download Acrobat onto your hard disk, then install the latest version of Acrobat Reader that you had downloaded onto your hard disk.

    If this doesn't work.

    Next try running your virus program - you may have a virus infection.

    Next - I think you may have a problem with the Windows registry, try downloading Registry Cleaner, install it on your computer and run this program and hopefully it may fix your problem.

    If all fails then I suggest you format the hard drive and install Windows again, plus the computer's device drivers and your programs. Don't forget to backup your data first.

    I know this is a pain but sometimes it is quicker than trying to chase an elusive problem and you will have a nice clean error free computer.

  • michaelmulca May 13, 2010



    Many thanks for your reply. I have tested via Mcafee for Virus and none found

    I think it might be Registry and will give it a go.

    I Will be in touch Thanks. Michael Mulcahy

  • michaelmulca May 13, 2010



    I tried to remove old version of acrobat but no go error it said.

    downloaded uniblue registry cleaner which found 25 system errors

    and 200 userrelated errors. rebooted and tried to download

    acrobat reader, took some time, I thought we were there as it

    went through the whole process except at last minute it said

    safe mode unable to download.

    So it looks like i got to reinstall windows.

    unless you have any other ideas.

    Regards Michael Mulcahy (UK)

  • Chris Hingee
    Chris Hingee May 14, 2010

    Sorry Michael no further ideas,

    As I said before that if my suggestions didn't work, then I suggested a Windows re-install.

    You can spend a lot of time trying to fix your problem/s and may still not resolve all your computer problem/s.

    I have fixed quite a few computers with various system problems and found if I can't fix them in less than 1 hour, then a Windows re-install is the quickest and best solution.



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