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When I download and install adobe, I get adobe reader icons on all my desktop programs, and nothing will open. ALso I can't open PDF files.

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Had a problem with Adobe. Not sure what I did, but most of the icons on my desktop looked like an adobe icon. If I clicked on any of the icons like this, including a pdf file, it wouldn't open the file or program. Instead I'd get a warning box that said something like there is no file to support my request. So I removed adobe from my computer using the control panel, and everything worked ok except that I couldn't open a PDF file. I reloaded Adobe reader 9.0, and had the same problem again, so I again removed Adobe from my computer, and did a restore and now everything seems to work fine. Oh, by the way, I have Vista Home Basic as my operating system.

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