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Make Acrobat Reader 6 load faster

Recently I repaved my laptop to make it a dual-boot Windows Server 2003 / Windows XP machine.  I use Windows Server 2003 as my primary operating system, but keep around XP for when I am not connected to a power source (server sucks up the power like there’s no tomorrow).  Anyway, I installed the new Acrobat Reader 6, and it loads much too slowly!  So, after poking around the Internet, I found that it is all the plug-ins that are enabled by default slowing Acrobat reader down.  After removing all but 3, it loads pretty much instantly.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader (replace the C if you installed on another drive, like I did).
  2. Create a new folder called plug_ins_disabled.
  3. Move all files from the plug_ins folder to the plug_ins_disabled folder.
  4. You’re done.

UPDATESee what the Acrobat Reader plugins do.

UPDATE 2:  It is better to put all the plug-ins that you want disabled into the “optional” directory.  This way the plug-ins will still work, they just won’t be loaded at startup.  So do this instead:

  1. Go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader (replace C if you installed on another drive, like D or E).

  2. Move all files from the “plug_ins” folder to the “Optional” folder.

  3. You’re done.

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9 Responses to Make Acrobat Reader 6 load faster

  1. alby says:


  2. AD says:

    get it faster

  3. TB says:

    remarkable improvement


  4. Intel300MHz says:

    Works amazingly better than before. Thanks very much for the post!

  5. Varta says:

    Yeah it’s very impressive!

  6. dgilvin says:

    you rock… this works great.

  7. prakash says:

    very good

  8. Mr. Fast Adobe .pdf file Loader says:

    Now it Adobe Reader runs like a charm. I no longer have to wait for all those plug-ins. Will I ever need them? At least for what I’ve been dl’ing in .pdf’s I haven’t needed any of those extra plug-ins so far.


  9. saul says:


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