Slow non-PostScript printing if a PDF file has a non-system font embedded

Slow non-PostScript printing

Slow non-PostScript printing can occur in the case of a PDF file that has a non-system font embedded (since Jan 2016 release of Acrobat).

Print job files (PRN, XPS) created during non-PostScript printing have fonts embedded as vectors instead of glyphs, resulting in a substantial increase in the file size, which causes performance degrade.

Solution: Edit the registry as a workaround

Adobe is working with Microsoft to resolve the problem. Meanwhile, you can manually tweak the registry as a workaround, which switches to the old API used by previous versions of Acrobat or Reader.

  1. Open the registry by going to Run (Windows menu + R), typing regedit.exe, and then clicking OK.

  2. Do the following:

    1. Based on your installed version of product and release, navigate to the location and create a corresponding key of type DWORD (Wow6432Node only if your machine is 64-bit).
    2. Create the key FeatureState at the location listed below; the key is not present by default.

    For Acrobat (Continuous):

    • Key: 4033257
    • Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\(Wow6432Node)\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\DC\FeatureState

    For Acrobat Reader (Continuous):

    • Key: 4033257
    • Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\(Wow6432Node)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\FeatureState

    For Acrobat (Classic - Acrobat 2017):

    • Key: 4033257
    • Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\(Wow6432Node)\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\2017\FeatureState

    For Acrobat Reader (Classic - Acrobat 2017):

    • Key: 4033257
    • Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\(Wow6432Node)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\2017\FeatureState

    For Acrobat (Classic - Acrobat 2015):

    • Key: 4033260
    • Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\(Wow6432Node)\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\2015\FeatureState

    For Acrobat Reader (Classic - Acrobat 2015):

    • Key: 4033260
    • Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\(Wow6432Node)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\2015\FeatureState

    For Acrobat XI:

    • Key: 3919626
    • Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\(Wow6432Node)\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\11.0\FeatureState
  3. Change the value to "0".

  4. Restart Acrobat or Reader.


When you apply the workaround, a temporary file is created and locked for each such PDF file users print. The temporary file is created in the user’s temporary directory. The filename is of the form Z@xxx.tmp. The users will not be able to delete this file in the current OS session. To delete it, a restart is required.


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