How to Update Adobe Reader

By Andrew Smith

Adobe Reader is a program that allows users to open and view PDF files for free. This program can also be used to open PDF files in your web browser. From time to time, Adobe will come out with patches, fixes and other similar updates for the Reader program. When this occurs, a message may appear on your screen informing you of these updates. You can attempt to use Reader's update function but this function isn't always reliable.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Reader

Step 1

Go to the official Adobe Reader website.

Step 2

Click "Download." A confirmation box may will appear. Select "Save File" or "Save As" to download the update setup.

Step 3

Double click the setup you downloaded to open this update. A box will appear. Choose "Run" in that box. The setup will then be processed. When this process occurs, the box will change and new options will appear at the bottom of the window.

Step 4

Select "Next." Then, choose "Install" and click "Next." The updated files for Adobe Reader will be installed onto your computer. When this finishes, the box will change one final time.

Step 5

Click "Finish" to close the window and complete the update process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Users experiencing any problems updating Adobe Reader should uninstall the program and then reinstall Adobe Reader. To uninstall this program go to the Control Panel option. Choose "Add or Remove Programs." Select "Adobe Reader." Click "Remove."