Adobe Acrobat and Reader can regularly check for important updates and install them for you. These updates can include important security fixes and product enhancements.

Reader and Acrobat XI

Version 11 provides four update options:

  • Automatically install updates (recommended): The product regularly checks for important updates, downloads them, and installs them automatically. When finished, you are alerted via a small message in the system tray that your software has been updated. This method is the best way to keep Adobe Acrobat and Reader up-to-date and more secure.
  • Automatically download updates, but let me choose when to install them: The product regularly checks for important updates and downloads them. Before the update can be installed, Adobe Acrobat and Reader prompt you to start the installation.
  • Notify me, but let me choose when to download and install updates: The product regularly checks for important updates and notifies you when one is ready to download and install.
  • Do not download or install updates automatically: The product doesn't check for updates. Instead, you choose when to look for updates using Help > Check For Updates. This option is the least secure, and only recommended in organizations that use other methods of deploying updates to their systems.

If you decide to change these options in the future, they are available in the Preferences settings, under Updater (choose Edit > Preferences).

Reader and Acrobat X

Version 10 provides three update options:

  • Install updates automatically (recommended): The product regularly checks for important updates, downloads them, and installs them automatically. When finished, you are alerted via a small message in the system tray that your software has been updated. This method is the best way to keep Adobe Acrobat and Reader up to date and more secure.
  • Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them: The product regularly checks for important updates and downloads them. Before the update can be installed, Adobe Acrobat and Reader prompt you to start the installation.
  • Manually check for and install updates: The product doesn't check for updates. Instead, you choose when to look for updates using Help > Check For Updates. This option is the least secure and recommended only in organizations that use other methods of deploying updates to their systems.

If you decide to change these options in the future, they are available in the Preferences settings, under Updater (choose Edit > Preferences).

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