The PDFCreator toolbar add-on may not be compatible with Internet Explorer 8

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When you start Internet Explorer 8 that has the PDFCreator toolbar add-on installed, you may receive the following error message:
Internet Explorer 8 is in a special no-add-ons mode so that you can fix a compatibility problem with the PDFCreator toolbar
Then, you notice that all add-ons are disabled. Therefore, you cannot use any add-ons that were previously enabled. You may also experience that IE 8 freezes or crashes.

Note The PDFCreator toolbar is an open source software. Microsoft does not support using the PDFCreator toolbar in Internet Explorer.

Update to the latest PDFCreator toolbar add-on

To update to the latest PDFCreator toolbar, follow these steps:
  1. Uninstall PDFCreator completely from your computer by using Programs and Features in Windows Vista and in Windows 7 or by using Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP.
  2. Restart the computer.
  3. Click the following button to take you to the PDFCreator download site, and then download the latest version of the PDFCreator toolbar add-on:
  4. Install the latest version of PDFCreator toolbar that you download in step 3.

Disable the PDFCreator toolbar add-on

To have us disable the PDFCreator toolbar add-on for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you would rather fix this problem yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Fix it for me

To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix this problem link. Then click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the wizard.

Note This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix works for all language versions of Windows.

Let me fix it myself

To fix this yourself, follow these steps:
  1. In Internet Explorer 8, click Tools, and then click Manage Add-ons.
  2. Select the PDFCreator Toolbar add-on, and then click Disable.
  3. Click Close, and then exit all Internet Explorer windows.

Video: How to disable an add-on in Internet Explorer

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Article ID: 968916 - Last Review: 09/25/2013 03:46:00 - Revision: 17.0

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