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In Adobe Reader 10.x there is an option under Edit>Preferences...>3D & Multimedia to set the renderer to use the software renderer instead of Directx. I've read that using the software setting will garner better performance. I'm looking for a way to set this via registry or gpo - domain wide. Does anyone know how to do this?

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The per-user value is stored under HKCU\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\3D as a REG_SZ value named t3DPreferredRenderer. Setting the data to Software will select the Software Renderer.

You can apply this setting using Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions very easily. Should you need a different method (ADM, ADMX) update your question with more information.

A simple script example as well:

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\3D" /v "t3DPreferredRenderer" /t REG_SZ /d "Software" /f
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Awesome. Thank you. –  tking Jun 21 '12 at 19:30
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