Recover Acrobat XI favourite commands settings from offline Windows 8.1 Registry File on external HDD

I backup entire Windows 8.1 partition to an external hard drive and re-installed Windows.

I tried to recover my Acrobat XI common tool settings from backup instead of customizing them again.


I don’t know where Acrobat stores these settings. By google, in windows 8.1, Acrobat puts files in this location:


However I didn’t find any useful files related with Common Tools settings. I guess that the settings are in Windows Registry.

Extract offline registry from my backup external hard drive

1. The Tool I am using: RegFileExport v1.06

2.Windows put registry file here since Vista:

Current User Settings:


Computer Settings:


3. Extract: In windows command line (cmd):

RegFileExport “J:UsersMyNameNTUSER.DAT” “E:OldReg.txt”

4.  Export my current Acrobat registry at “[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAdobeAdobe Acrobat11.0” to temp.reg

5. Comparing content in OldReg.txt and temp.reg using Notepad++ and compare plugin, I found that Acrobat puts settings related to Common Tools at

“[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAdobeAdobe Acrobat11.0AVGeneralcFavoritesCommandsDesktop]”

6.Extract these settings from my old registry and import in the current registry. Success!

7. Here is my example settings – AdobeCommon.reg

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAdobeAdobe Acrobat11.0AVGeneralcFavoritesCommandsDesktop]