Foxit Reader and Vista’s User Account Control

Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

For a while now I have been using Foxit Reader for PDF files instead of Adobe Acrobat, primarily because it doesn’t have all of the bloat.

However for a lot of that time whenever I opened a PDF I would get the User Account Control prompt from Vista asking me to authoise the action. I did look into it when it first started happening, but wasn’t able to find a solution.

Instead of being in HTML, the road rules are only available in PDF and the UAC prompt became really annoying when I was looking up the rules for my previous post.

An upgrade to the latest version didn’t fix the problem, so I looked into it again and found a thread – Foxit Reader and Vista’s UAC – in the Foxit forums and post #16 gave the following:

  1. Find FoxitReader.exe in the Program Files folder (C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader)
  2. Right-Click on the Foxit Reader.exe file and select Properties.
  3. Under Compatibility tab, under Privilege Level, click Show settings for all users.
  4. Uncheck Run this program as an administrator.

I no longer get the UAC prompt when opening a PDF.

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6 Responses to “Foxit Reader and Vista’s User Account Control”

  1. Worked!! thanks so much!

    profotto - November 20th, 2009 at 12:55 am

  2. Thanks ! <3

    Julien - December 14th, 2009 at 4:24 am

  3. This solution really works, i looked on other forums and didn’t find one. This is very easy and works completely well. Thanks.

    Irving One - January 25th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

  4. Works, thanks

    Stan - March 3rd, 2010 at 8:08 am

  5. Thanks for the tip. Works fine for Windows 7.

    Scrimper - November 6th, 2010 at 1:07 am

  6. Thanks buddy

    raghu - January 13th, 2011 at 10:22 am