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How to run Acrobat 7 Professional on Windows 7 64 bit computers

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If, like me, you’re less than impressed with the latest versions of Acrobat Professional (I have Acrobat XI 64 bit installed) and wish you could go back to good old 32 bit Acrobat 7 with it’s dockable toolbars, batch processes which run really quickly, and overall familiarity with a product which you use on a daily basis, then here is some good news… for some of you.

image As Acrobat 7 is no longer supported by Adobe they’ve decided to give it away (activation key and all) for FREE to qualifying users and, while you can’t install this directly in Windows 7 64 bit you can install it from within Windows XP Mode running in Windows Virtual PC on a 64 bit version of Windows 7.

While you still suffer from a few problems caused by Adobe not fully supporting 64 bit in so far as you can’t easily see thumbnail previews of you PDFs in Windows Explorer or (inexcusable) the PDF document PROPERTIES in Windows Explorer, there are ways around these problems.

So, if you’d like to set about installing Acrobat 7 on an 64 bit version of Windows 7 it’s really very easy. Just check to make sure that you’re running a copy of either Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 7 Enterprise before you start - you’ll need one of these to be able to install and run Windows XP Mode. Users of other versions of Windows 7 may have to wait until the clever folks figure out a way to help you with this.

All you need to do in download and install the following programs in the order in which they’re listed here. The only thing to watch out for is that you MUST install Acrobat 7 from within XP Mode - DO NOT install it like you would the first two programs, from Windows 7 itself. Install the first two THEN start up XP Mode and THEN navigate to the Acrobat setup file from XP Mode’s Windows Explorer and double click it from there.

1. Windows Virtual PC

Windows Virtual PC is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology. You can use it to run more than one operating system at the same time on one computer, and to run many productivity applications on a virtual Windows environment, with a single click, directly from a computer running Windows 7.

Download Microsoft Virtual PC from Microsoft.com

2. Windows XP Mode

Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 makes it easy to install and run many of your productivity programs that run on Windows XP directly from a computer that runs Windows 7.

IMPORTANT - To run XP Mode you MUST have one of the following versions of Windows 7 installed on your computer:

Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 7 Enterprise.

Download Windows XP Mode from Microsoft.com

3. Acrobat 7 Professional (YOU MUST INSTALL THIS FROM WITHIN WINDOWS XP MODE!) 

Adobe has disabled the activation server for CS2 products, including Acrobat 7, because of a technical issue. These products were released more than seven years ago and do not run on many modern operating systems; Adobe no longer supports them.

Adobe strongly advises against running unsupported and outdated software. Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download.

Download Acrobat 7 Professional from Adobe.com (free Sign Up required)

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Support our caregiving

If you found anything on this site of use, interesting, or even mildly amusing then please consider dropping a few pennies in the jar to help us to take care of our disabled son who contracted encephalitis in 2007 at the age of 6 and who is now confined to a wheelchair. He is getting bigger as his mother and I get older, imagine that, please. Every penny we collect goes towards his upkeep, and towards his future care requirements.

Thank you.