This document contains instructions for turning off or disabling the automatic check for updates when you start an Adobe Creative Suite 3 product.

Turn off automatic updates on Windows OS

If your computer is connected to the internet, then you can change the Adobe Updater preferences to not check for updates.

To Change the Adobe Updater preferences, do the following:

  1. Start the AdobeUpdater.exe application from ...\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Updater 5
  2. When the update screen appears, click the Preferences button
  3. Uncheck the Automatically Check for updates checkbox and click OK

If your computer does not have an internet connection, then you can manually edit the AdobeUpdaterPreferences.dat file.

To manually edit the AdobeUpdaterPreferences.dat file, do the following:

  1. Start the AdobeUpdater.exe application from ...\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Updater 5
  2. When the Adobe Updater dialog appears stating that there is no Internet connection, click Cancel
  3. Navigate to ...\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Updater5 on Windows XP or ...\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\Updater5 on Vista and open AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat in Notepad.
  4. If the <AutoCheck>1</AutoCheck> tag already exists, then change the value from 1 to 0. Otherwise, add the line <AutoCheck>0</AutoCheck> anywhere between the <AdobeUpdater></AdobeUpdater> tags.
  5. Close and save the AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat file.

Turn off automatic updates on Mac OS

If your computer is connected to the internet, then you can change the Adobe Updater preferences to not check for updates.

To Change the Adobe Updater preferences, do the following:

  1. Start the Adobe Updater application from /Applications/Utilities/Adobe Utilities/Adobe Updater5/.
  2. When the update screen appears, click the Preferences link.
  3. Uncheck the Automatically Check for updates checkbox and click OK.

If your computer does not have an internet connection, then you can manually edit the AdobeUpdaterPreferences.dat file.

To manually edit the AdobeUpdaterPreferences.dat file, do the following:

  1. Start the Adobe Updater application from /Applications/Utilities/Adobe Utilities/Adobe Updater5/.
  2. When the Adobe Updater dialog appears, stating that there is no Internet connection, click Cancel.
  3. Navigate to "/Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Updater5/" and open the AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat file in TextEdit.
  4. If the <AutoCheck>1</AutoCheck> tag already exists, then change the value from 1 to 0. Otherwise, add the line <AutoCheck>0</AutoCheck> anywhere between the <AdobeUpdater></AdobeUpdater> tags.
  5. Close and save the AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat file.

Turn off automatic updates prior to deploying the software in an enterprise environment

To disable automatic updates prior to deploying the software, see the preserialization and suppression settings section in the Enterprise Deployment Options for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Editions and Components white paper (PDF).

 

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