Possible Solution to trouble opening up PDF file in IE8 with Windows 7 Ultimate or other versions of IE/Windows RRS feed

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  • I recently installed Windows 7 Ultimate and encounter a problem opening a PDF file from a web page in IE8.  I could save the target and then open it in Adobe 9 but I wanted to open it in a browser window.

    I read on the web to open Adobe, Edit, Preferences, select Internet and then uncheck "Open PDF in Browser".  This solution worked to open the PDF file in directly in Adobe.

    I then found this next solution which allowed me to open a PDF file into a browser (went back into Adobe and checked the "Open PDF in Browser" box).



    Cannot Open PDF Files with Internet Explorer
    Posted on April 6, 2009 10:17 PM
    A user was having problems opening Adobe PDF files from Internet Explorer getting an error that the file could not be found.  The file could be saved to desktop and then opened from there just fine.   From what I could tell, IE was trying to save the PDF file to a folder in "%Userprofile%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5".

    From my admin account, I could browse to the user's Content.IE5 folder, but the user's account was not able to see or browse to this folder at all.  This was causing problems being able to save anything to Temporary Internet Files for retreival.  I checked the permissions on this folder and they all appeared to have sufficient access.
    In order to fix this, the Temporary Internet Files for the user needed to be recreated.  This was done by going to Tools, Internet Options, clicking "Settings" under Temporary Internet Files, and selecting "Move Folder".  It will list the current location, so simply select the same location and it will recreate the entire thing. 

    After this was done, the user could browse to Content.IE5 folder and save/open PDF files in Internet Explorer.


    My temp file in Win7 is located in C:\Users\Paul\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files

    I could not see the Temporary Internet Files folder in Windows Explorer but could see it when I selected "View Files" after selecting "Settings".

    I followed these instructions and "Moved" the folder into  C:\Users\Paul\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows. 

    It worked!  Hope this helps.


    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 2:21 AM