Yesterday I was offered an update to Adobe Reader (the latest version for Windows Vista is version 9.1) on my company’s laptop.
I accepted the update but it failed. It was late and a failed update to Adobe Reader was the least of my worries at the time.
Today, when I tried to use Adobe Reader, I noticed it had been uninstalled.
It’s not nice having to download and install something like Adobe Reader when I need to open a document, but the worst came when I tried to install it.
Adobe Reader requires elevated privileges to install but, due to the way the installer works, being a local administrator (I running Vista x64 Enterprise joined to a corporate domain) is not enough to install Adobe Reader on C:\Program Files (x86), because it was still failing.
I had already created C:\Program Files (Utils), to install the Windows Sysinternals tools (in particular, Process Explorer) and did the same for Adobe Reader.
Do you know what was the first name I thought of for this folder? C:\Program Files (Bad)
Just blame it on Vista.
A colleague of mine showed me this and looked around for some information about it. Here it is:
Sysinternals Live: We’re excited to announce the beta of Sysinternals Live, a service that enables you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from the Web without hunting for and manually downloading them. Simply enter a tool’s Sysinternals Live path into Windows Explorer or a command prompt as \\live.sysinternals.com\tools\<toolname> or view the entire Sysinternals Live tools directory in a browser at http://live.sysinternals.com.