Adobe Creative Suite 3 and 4 use the Adobe Update Manager (AUM), version 5 and 6, respectively, to notify users of important product or component updates and automate the download and installation of these updates. In certain circumstances system administrators may wish to disable this functionality such that end users cannot install updates in this manner. The document lists the changes that have to be made to the registry (Windows XP/Vista) or preference files (Mac OS X) to disable these network activities.

Note: For the Acrobat family of products, AUM was replaced by the Acrobat Updater and Reader Updater for versions 8.1.7 and 9.2 and later. Therefore, the details below do not apply to those products. 

On Windows XP or Windows Vista

  1. Using Regedit.exe, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe
  2. Create a new key in this folder named "Updater"
  3. Create a new DWORD value within this key named "Enterprise with a value of "1"

On Mac OS

  1. Using a text editor or plist editor, create a new file named "com.adobe.AdobeUpdater.Admin.plist" in the folder /Library/Preferences
  2. In this new .plist file, create a child at the root named "Disable.Update"
  3. Set the Class of this new child to Boolean with a value of "Yes"

Note: Adobe CS4 applications also have a system of extensions for online services. To disable these services and their update mechanisms, see "Disable internet access and update downloads for Adobe CS4 service extensions for system administrators" (TechNote kb404813).

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