Great point from PCPro about the fact that Windows 7 doesn’t support Adobe PDF’s out the box.

It’s a great point.

I for one am sick and tired of installing Adobe Reader as soon as I get a new PC.

Here’s what PCPro had to say about the issue…

Out of the box, Windows knows what to do with a huge range of files. Double-click on an MP3 and it will play; open a JPEG and it will display the photo.
Yet if you click on a PDF, Windows simply shrugs its shoulders.

PDF is a common format for manuals and technical documents, and anyone can implement a viewer without paying a licence fee. So there’s no reason – other than legal wrangles – why Windows shouldn’t come with this basic ability.

Read the source article

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • Lee

    Out of the box, Windows knows it’s a magnet for malware. Companies like Symantec, McAfee, etc having been telling Microsoft this for years. So Microsoft decides to offer people a free anti-malware product called Security Essentials. Mind you, it’s not automatically installed on a user’s machine. First, the user must not be running any other software. Second, if the user isn’t running some other software the user will be prompted via Windows Updates that a free MS product is available. And third, the user must be using a genuine OS and actively opt-in to receive the download. Trend Micro et al have said this is illegal and are fighting Microsoft.

    Now you want Microsoft to bundle a pdf reader into its OS? I can hear Adobe’s screams now, accusing Microsoft of yet another anti-trust issue. ~sigh~

  • Ramonf77

    I agree that Windows 8 should come with PDF support already installed. But sick of installing Adobe Acrobat? What’s the big deal? You buy a new computer, you install it once, and you’re done. And even if you’re an IT pro, you probably have it in your image anyway. I think you complain too much.

    • Camshot2

      Just my opinion, but ADOBE, all of it’s programs are slow to load, and a bother to most who use it, so I use FOXIT reader, look it up on the net, install it and see what you think of it. I have adobe pdf on my compu as well still, but have set FOXIT to default.
      It is quick, opens files almost immediately, and beats ADOBE hands down in my experiences.

  • Camshot2

    Mr. Amobi,

    I too am disgusted with loading Adobe pdf reader to each new computer, and I have found a superb, quick, efficient replacement. It is called FOXIT reader. Search it out and see what you think about it. Let us know.
    Bill Welch

  • Hoarse98

    I agree Foxit is great. Install it to a flashdrive and never worry about opening a pdf no matter what computer I’m on.