Monday, February 18, 2008


Adobe Acrobat 2.0 for Pocket PC fails installation without error

I did a hard reset of my Windows 5.0 mobile device yesterday as it no longer wanted to synchronize files and notes. I did a partial restore of my data (notes, tasks, mails) using the excellent Spb Backup program as I had the same problem after a full restore.

That meant reinstalling all my apps but that didn't take long until I tried to install Adobe Acrobat 2.0 for the pocket PC. I hardly ever use it but it is handy for bringing along receipts of hotel reservations etc.

The setup started ok with the usual security warning but it failed without giving any sort of error. I even tried the Italian version... It actually installed OK but failed to run which just confirms that it is a bad idea to use localized software. It is impossible to improve software by localizing it and it frequently introduces bugs.

I have done hard resets in the past but this time I restored my data before I reinstalled my apps. That turned out to be the cause of the problem. The Acrobat 2.0 Pocket PC install fails if it find s the Adobe Reader Users Guide.pdf file in the My Documents folder. Deleting the file fixed the problem.

Apps I currently run on my HP rw6815:


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