While an excellent suite of productivity software, Adobe Creative Suite has become so bloated that updating all the included software would amount to gigabytes in size. Users who have slow internet connection and can’t afford to have their browsing speed slowed down by automatic updates may want to disable or control Adobe Updater, the download utility that comes with the suite.
By default the Adobe Updater checks for new updates for all installed Adobe Creative Suite applications every week and automatically downloads them. The Updater will notify you only when the updates are completely downloaded and ready to install.
We can change this preference such that the Updater will check for updates less frequently, ask before it starts downloading, or not update at all.
Note: This guide was only tested on Windows 7. It is however expected to work on previous Windows operating systems: Vista and XP.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 (Adobe CS3)
There are two ways to change the updater settings for Adobe CS3. The easier method requires an active Internet connection. The other requires editing a .dat file using Notepad.
With Internet connection:
Navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Updater5 and start Adobe_Updater.exe. (Note: Program Files (x86) on 64-bit Windows)
When Adobe Updater finishes checking for updates, the update screen will appear. Click the Preferences link/button.
On the next screen, a list of options are available. You can:
- Uncheck Automatically check for Adobe updates to manually check for updates next time.
- Let it check for updates but only let it download them when you tell it to do so.
- Select which applications to update.
- Select download location for all update downloads.
Without Internet connection:
For Windows XP: Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Updater5.
For Windows Vista/7: Navigate to C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\Updater5.
Open AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat in Notepad.
Find the tag <AutoCheck>1</AutoCheck>. Change the value from 1 to 0. If it does not exist, add <AutoCheck>0</AutoCheck> outside other tags but still within the <AdobeUpdater></AdobeUpdater> tags.
Close and save AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 (Adobe CS4)
Changing the updater settings for Adobe CS4 is basically the same as Adobe CS3’s. However, instead of the folder Updater5, look for Updater6.
Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5)
Turning off the automatic update mechanism for Adobe CS5 requires creating a .dat file using Notepad.
Create a plain-text file using Notepad and paste the following:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
Save the file as AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat.
Put the file in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\AAMUpdaterInventory\1.0 on 32-bit Windows XP and later. For 64-bit Windows XP and later, put the file in C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\AAMUpdaterInventory\1.0.
This disables updates using Adobe Updater and through individual application update checks. Restoring the ability to update requires removing or renaming AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat or downloading from the official updates site.