The Adobe Acrobat PDF software often displays ‘Acrobat failed to connect to a DDE server’ error message for many users. Users encounter this error while trying to open PDFs or merge documents with Adobe Acrobat. As a result, they fail to open a PDF or merge documents in Acrobat. This error seems to occur more frequently on Windows 10 Operating System. This error primary occurs when you want to combine several files into a single PDF. When you try to merge multiple files, Acrobat gets overloaded and enter an error state.
If this is not the actual reason, then an improper installation of the application or missing files can pop up this error message. Moreover, the problem may arise from one or more registry keys of Adobe Acrobat. Furthermore, running an older version of this software is another possible cause of this error. The more you will read this article, the more this concept will get clear to you. So, let’s continue with the rest of the article and have a proper fix in hand.
Make sure that you have administrator access and active internet connection on your PC. You will then only be able to try out the following fixes.
Updating this software has resolved the underlying issue for many users. Thus, you need to check whether Acrobat has released an update or not. To know that, open the Acrobat window and click the ‘Help’ menu. Now, check for updates to open the Updater window. If updates are available, then click the ‘Install’ button to get the updates on your PC.
If you want to make a fresh installation of Acrobat, then uninstall this software and reinstall it again on your PC. So, right-click on the ‘Start’ menu and select ‘Run’ to open the Run application. If you aren’t using a Window 10, then press Windows key and ‘R’ at the same time to open the Run application. Then, type ‘appwiz.cpl’ in the Run dialogue box and click the ‘OK’ button. Search for Adobe Acrobat from the list of applications installed on our PC. Then, select Adobe Acrobat and choose the ‘Uninstall’ option. Click ‘Yes’ on the resulting popup to confirm the uninstallation process.
After uninstalling the software, restart the system and open a web browser. Then, visit the official page of Adobe Acrobat and click the ‘Install Now’ button to add the latest version of Adobe Acrobat on your PC.
Some third-party antiviruses are known to be causing issues with newly installed applications. Thus, turn Off the antivirus installed on your PC and check whether it fixes the problem or not. You can uninstall this software by these simple steps:
Editing the registry is an official solution of Adobe to fix the DDE error. In this method, you need to modify an application key for Adobe Acrobat. Since this is a risky method, you need to be extremely cautious while editing the registry.
Note: Before entering a specific value, check the version of Acrobat installed on your PC.
According to many users, they have fixed the ‘Acrobat failed to connect to a DDE server Windows 10’ issue by repairing this software. That’s why you can also give it a try and see whether it works for you or not. The repairing process involves the following steps:
Some of the Acrobat users have fixed the DDE error by deselecting the ‘Enhanced Security’ as well as the ‘Protected Mode at startup’. Follow the steps discussed below in order to implement this solution.
Hope, these solutions will work for you and fix the ‘Acrobat failed to connect to a DDE server’ issue successfully. For any sort of difficulties, feel free to leave feedback in the comment section below. Furthermore, you can also let us know whether the article is able to help you or not.