There Was An Error Opening This Document. Access denied – Adobe Acrobat Reader X

If you are getting There was an error opening this document. Access denied. when trying to open some pdf files in Adobe Acrobat X, then you need the following fix:

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat Reader X
  2. Click Edit -> Preferences
  3. Click on General on the left hand side
  4. Deselect Enable Protected Mode at startup
  5. Click Yes, OK and restart Adobe Acrobat Reader X

You should now be able to open PDFs without Adobe Acrobat Reader X telling you that access is denied.

If you prefer, you can also stop this error with the following registry change:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Privileged] “bProtectedMode”=dword:00000000

This can be turned into a ADMX file so it can be pushed out as a GPO or can be turned into a REG file, etc…

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