How To Disable Auto Update on Adobe Reader DC

By default Adobe Reader DC is set to automatically download and install any updates that are released by adobe. In this article I will show you how to disable auto updates on adobe reader dc.

How To Disable Auto Update on Adobe Reader DC

There are many ways you can disable Adobe Reader DC updates, I will show you all the ways below.

Disable Within The Application

To disable updates within the application do the following

  • Open Adobe Reader DC
  • Go to Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Acrobat /Adobe Reader > Preferences
  • In the left pane, select Updater
  • You now have four options
    Automatically install updates : The application will automatically check for downloads and automatically install if any are found
    Automatically download updates, but let me choose when to install them: The application will automatically download updates and will prompt you to install them
    Notify me, but let me choose when to download and install updates: The application will notify you when an update is available.
    Do not download or install updates automatically: Never check or download updates
    adobe reader dc updater
  • Select the last option Do not download or install updates automatically
  • Click ok to close the preferences window

Disable Within The Registry

You can set a registry entry which will disable updates. This can be very handy if you wish to apply this setting to many machines via group policy / logon scripts. To apply via the registry do the following.

  • Make sure adobe reader dc application is closed
  • Click start type in regedit and launch the regedit aplication
  • Browse to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\FeatureLockDown]
  • Right click > New > dword 32bit
  • name it bUpdater
  • set base as hexadecimal and value data set to 0 (the number zero) as below
  • close down regedit

disable adobe dc updates registry

Disable Via Windows Task Scheduler

Sometimes when you disable auto updates via the app or registry the setting can change back to auto update (If you reset / recreate your windows profile or log on to the machine with a different logon)

By disabling the windows task scheduler the automatic check for updates will not work.  To disable do the following

  • Click on start and type in task scheduler and launch the application
    disbale via task scheduler
  • Right click on Adobe Acrobat Update Task at select Disable.
    disable adobe dc updates registry

Disable Adobe Update Service

The last thing we need to do is disable the adobe update service, To do this

  • Click start, type in services.msc and select the application
  • Scroll down to “Adobe Acrobat Update Service” and double click on the service
  • Under startup type select disabled
  • Restart your machine

adobe reader dc update service

That is all the steps completed.  If you need further help please post in a comment below.  Please also let me know if this article has helped you. Thanks

One comment on “How To Disable Auto Update on Adobe Reader DC”

  1. Peter says:

    Many thanks for this. Sadly option 1 (Disable Within The Application) is no longer available (as of version 2019.021 at least).

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