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Adobe reader has an error code-invalid plug in-- i have vista. i can not open any pdf files.

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  • amish dude Apr 23, 2008

    I have tried this several times and still get the same code ''invalid plugin'' adobe reader 8 will shut down

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  • Priya darshan Apr 23, 2008

    Did you try all the tips from the links which i gave you?

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Try doing the following:

1. Uninstall Adobe Reader thru the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs.
2. Delete the Adobe directory in the Program Files directory.
3. Restart your computer.
4. Download and reinstall Adobe Reader.

Please let me know if this doesn't work.

Thank you for using Fixya and Good Luck

Posted on Apr 23, 2008

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  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Apr 23, 2008

    you tried my solution?

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Apr 23, 2008

    From another guy

    Try holding down the left-shift key right after
    launching Reader. This disables plugins. If the error goes away, figure
    about which plugin is vexing you.

    The plug-ins folder is Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Reader\Plug_ins

    In
    my case after a clean install of Reader 8.1.0 a plugin called
    AI2Z_PDFAHOI.api was being added by something. I could not find any
    info on google. I found the plugin by looking at plugin creation dates
    (not modification) and noticed it had been created after the time of
    Reader installation. I removed it and made a folder with the same name
    to prevent it from being put back; plugin folders already existed so I
    figured another one won't hurt. That worked to quell the error.

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Apr 24, 2008

    were you able to get it working with the newest information that I posted?

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    Benjamin Patri Apr 29, 2008

    Please don't forget to rate this solution as that is one of the biggest aspects of all this website works



    otherwise please let me know if you have further questions



    Thank you

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