How to Uninstall Adobe Reader X (10) from Your Computer

by Venkat eswarlu on February 9, 2011

in How to,tips and tricks

Update: If you’re not able to uninstall Adobe Reader X from Control Panel, try the Cleaner tool released by Adobe Remove Adobe Reader 9, X and XI with Official Adobe Reader and Acrobat Cleaner Tool. 

Adobe released Adobe Reader X with sandboxing technology dubbed as “Protected mode”, most people may install and use Adobe’s popular PDF Reader but this PDF Reader lacks tab browsing mode along with other useful features offered by current PDF Readers like Nitro PDF Reader and Foxit Reader.

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Uninstalling Adobe Reader X

If you want to uninstall Adobe Reader X  from your Computer, here is how.

1. In Windows 7  open Control Panel>Programs>Programs and Features> Select Adobe Reader X and click Uninstall

For Windows XP open Control Panel>Add/Remove programs>select Adobe Reader X and click Remove

2. Adobe Reader X (10) setup window appears with two options to repair and remove Adobe Reader X, select “Remove Adobe Reader x (10) from your Computer” and click “Next” to let the uninstall process begin.


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherrilan Mckinney July 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm

The adobe reader 10 made it a problem to open any pdf from my computer. I had to delete it and trying to get my old pdf documents to open now.


RLF September 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

The most recent download of Adobe Reader 10 has corrupted some aspects of my registry. I run Windows 7, 64bit. No sooner had I completed the installation than I encountered several serious problems. My external SeaGate hard drive E: was no longer recognized by my computer. It’s running, but I can’t do anything with it. Several of my other programs stopped running and froze. Windows Explorer will not always work and when it does it’s slow and unresponsive. My Registry Mechanic program will run until it reaches Adobe Reader and then it too will lock up. My only recourse is to stop these processes in Task manager. I do still have internet connectivity. That’s running fine.

I’ve tried to uninstall Adobe 10 in Control Panel, but it will not proceed. After an hour it says that installation is still in progress.

I’ve tried to reinstall Adobe 10 in the hopes that this will somehow correct the problem, but I get a message that this program is already installed.

Besides attempting to manually uninstall Adobe does anyone have any ideas?


Lk98 October 20, 2011 at 4:09 am

I have also had a problem with it. It overrides everything and won’t let me open documents in Adobe Acrobat. I cannot make Acrobat the default PDF reader, and no matter how many times I have tried to uninstall Reader X, the piece of garbage leaves behind a “WDADOBEs.API” plug-in that can’t be eliminated. Do yourself a huge favor and run screaming from Adobe Reader X. DON’T download it.


laverne November 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm

how on earth can i remove adobe reader x? Control Panel will not let me delete
it. i hate adobe reader x and want it removed from my computer. HELP!


Pat December 10, 2011 at 10:19 am

I can not delete adobe reader 9 and I downloaded adobe reader 10 to upgrade. sine i did that, I can’t delete either one. it is crazy. I tried ADD REMOVE..AND NOTHING. i TRIED REINSTALLING AND STILL NOTHING.


John C. December 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

Me three. I think Reader X 10.1.1 sneaked on board when I updated my old Acrobat 6 Professional. Since then when browsing in Firefox 8.0 and clicking on any links to PDF files, it tells me the reader is already running with a 1016:1016 error code. Tried a couple of proposed fixes like un checking the box for opening the PDF in the browser window, no dice. Can’t remove it, says “This patch package could not be opened. Verify that the patch package exists adn that you can access it, or contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows Installer package.” Tried reinstalling, tells me it’s already installed. Could roll back to another system checkpoint, but that was too long ago to be a good idea.


Kathy T March 29, 2012 at 10:59 am

I tried to install Reader X. It fouled up my system so bad could not remove it or find reader 9.0. The registry could not be fixed. I ended up having to do a complete recovery. My computer is now the way I purchased it. Everything is gone!!!!!!! So now have to start all over again and hope I can find some of the things I lost.


bob September 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I have had no problems for years with adobe readers but this update is a real of a thing, I could live without it but my e-book readers requires it. If i could just install it and put the 9.4 back i would be happy.


Mary November 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Lk98 = You are so right – this piece of RUBBISH Adobe Reader X – do not download!!!!


peter chapman February 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

a major no no. downloading anything “adobe” is like death to a computor. i have had no success in uninstalling this piece of frustrating garbage. I have minimal knowledge in computor literacy, the creators of this piece of “doggy doo doo” need to be buried in blah… blah…. blah…. blah……


Venkat eswarlu February 2, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I had updated the post with cleanup tool released by Adobe, hope you find it helpful, let me know if you’ve any further problems.


Jack February 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Thank you so much for the information, as soon as Adobe was removed all my icons returned and everything became normal again. Saved a lot of time compared to going through all the advice on the Windows and Adobe websites.


Venkat eswarlu February 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

You’re welcome, thanks for dropping by.


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