How to Reinstall PDF Maker

By Dustin Thornton

Adobe Acrobat includes a plug-in that you can use with Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel. This allows you to create a PDF file from your Microsoft Office document by simply clicking a button in the Office toolbar. If you are having problems with PDF Make,r you can reinstall the plug-in to fix problems using Adobe Acrobat's "Detect and Repair" feature. If the "Detect and Repair" feature does not work you can reinstall PDF Maker manually using the Windows control panel and your Adobe Acrobat installation CD.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat installation CD

Automatically Reinstall PDF Maker

Step 1

Close any open programs. This includes programs that may be running in your taskbar. Right-click any programs in your task bar and close them.

Step 2

Start Adobe Acrobat by double-clicking the icon on your desktop or choosing it from the Windows "Start" menu.

Step 3

Click "Help" and select "Detect And Repair." Follow the instructions on your screen to detect problems and reinstall the program automatically.

Step 4

Reboot your computer after reinstallation is complete.

Manually Reinstall PDF Maker

Step 1

Close any open programs. This includes programs that may be running in your task bar. Right-click any programs in your task bar and close them.

Step 2

Click "Start" and select "Control Panel."

Step 3

Click "Programs" then select "Programs and Features" (Windows 7 and Vista). Click "Add or Remove Programs" (Windows XP).

Step 4

Scroll through the list of installed programs and locate "Adobe Acrobat." Note that this program will also specify a version and edition and may look similar to "Adobe Acrobat 7 Standard."

Step 5

Click "Uninstall/Change" (7 and Vista) or "Change/Remove" (XP). A program maintenance dialog box will appear.

Step 6

Click "Next." Select "Modify" then click "Next."

Step 7

Expand the "Create Adobe PDF" section. Expand "Acrobat PDF Maker" below that.

Step 8

Select all instances of PDF Maker and choose "This Feature Will Not Be Available." Click "Next" then select "Update."

Step 9

Click "Start," input "msconfig" into the search box and press "Enter" (7 and Vista). Click "Start" and select "Run." Input "msconfig" and press "Enter" (XP).

Step 10

Click the "Startup" tab and click "Disable All." Click the "Services" tab and place a check mark next to "Hide All Microsoft Services." Click "Disable." Click "Apply" and reboot your computer.

Step 11

Insert your Adobe Acrobat installation CD and locate the "setup.exe" file. Double-click the file and click "Next."

Step 12

Choose the option for "Modify" and click "Next." Expand "Create Adobe PDF" and "Acrobat PDF Maker" below it.

Step 13

Select all instances of PDF Maker and choose "This Feature Will Be Installed On Local Hard Drive." Click "Next" then click "Update."

Step 14

Start Adobe Acrobat and click "Help." Select "Check for Updates" and follow the prompts to update the software.

Step 15

Re-enable start-up programs and restart your computer.