Friday, February 22, 2013

Adobe Reader XI breaks indexing of pdf files on Windows 8 x64

After installing Adobe Reader XI on Windows 8 x64, I was unable to search the content of the pdf files. After checking the Indexing options for file types for pdf files was showing: Registered IFilter is not found.

The resolution for this behavior is to return the registry setting for native IFilter. Open the registry editor and go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.pdf\PersistentHandler, and change the value to 1AA9BF05-9A97-48c1-BA28-D9DCE795E93C . Adobe reader overwrote the setting with F6594A6D-D57F-4EFD-B2C3-DCD9779E382E .
After changing the registry key value, restart the Windows Search service, and you will be able to search the content of pdf files.

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