After upgrading to Adobe Digital Editions 1.5 or later, you are unable to open some or all of your eBooks and you receive the following error:
- Internal error - document already failed.
This issue appears to be caused by a failure in the process of moving your books from anonymous activation to Named activation. This happens during the migration process that occurs when you first install Digital Editions 1.5 or later. Adobe Support will continue to investigate this issue.
Disclaimer: The following solution involves the Windows System Registry. Editing or manipulating the registry incorrectly can result in serious system damage, which may require reinstallation of the operating system. If you are not comfortable editing the registry then it's best to take your machine to a professional. If you choose to proceed it is essential to create a complete system backup and a Windows System Restore Point before proceeding. Adobe Systems cannot be held responsible for damage resulting from this information.
If the above troubleshooting does not allow you to recover your books, please open a Technical Support web case at http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions.
We are asking customers to provide the following information to help us determine the cause of this issue. The more of this information you can provide (especially about your ebook activations) the better Adobe Support can assist you:
- (Windows only) A specific exported registry key. This key will have to be exported and attached to the case. If you have trouble attaching the key information please mention that to the support agent who works the case. They'll provide detail on how to attach the information. To get the registry key information use the following steps:
Attach the error log files to the case. There are two files, both in the My Digital Editions folder. (On Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\My Digital Editions).
For more details see http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/help/.
In addition, please copy and paste these questions into your webcase, and provide as much information as possible.
- OS (Original or upgrade):
- Flash Player version. To determine Flash Player version, go to Version Test for Adobe Flash Player (TechNote tn_15507):
- CPU type:
- Network connection (dial-up, broadband, cable, dsl):
- Was the book downloaded with:
- Acrobat/Reader 6 Easy Activation
- Acrobat/Reader 6 Named Activation
- Acrobat/Reader 7 Easy Activation
- Acrobat/Reader 7 Named Activation
- ADE version 1.0 or 1.5 or a later version?
- Did this happen during upgrade to the new version 1.5 or later?
- Did you originally use Acrobat Reader 7 or Digital Editions to download the DRM protected books?
- User permissions level (Admin, managed user, etc.):
- URL to the book:
- Steps to reproduce the problem (if not already provided):
- Results (if not already provided):
- Expected results:
- What type of activation do you have?
- Easy Activation: If you have neither an Adobe account nor a Microsoft Hotmail account, you have Easy Activation. Otherwise you have Named Activation'
- If you have at least 2 computers are able to read the same ebook on both computer, you have Named Activation.
- If you are not certain which type of activation you have, do the following:
- Open your browse and go to http://aractivate.adobe.com/. If you remember seeing this web page and logging in to the site before, you have Named Activation. If you have visited this site before then you have Named Activation.