“The value cannot be NULL. Parameter name: Destination folder” when installing an update for FineReader PDF

Symptoms

When installing an update for FineReader PDF Release 1, the error message appears:

The value cannot be NULL. Parameter name: Destination folder.

Cause

Deinstallation of the previous version of FineReader on the PC caused the removal of the required registry key in the system Registry.

The issue will be fixed in the upcoming update. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.

Resolution

To resolve the issue in the current release, please follow the steps below:

If FineReader PDF is installed in the default installation folder C:\Program Files\ABBYY FineReader 16

The installation folder contains the FineReader.exe file. Open the installation folder and make sure that it contains the FineReader.exe file.

  1. Download the registry key HKLM_FR_path.reg attached to the article below.
  2. Double-click the registry key and run it.
  3. Start FineReader PDF.
  4. Go to the Help menu > select Check for Updates > install the update.

If the installation folder of FineReader PDF is custom (not default C:\Program Files\ABBYY FineReader 16)

  1. Download the registry key HKLM_FR_path.reg attached to the article below.
  2. Right-click the downloaded registry key > select Choose another app > Notepad > Run.
  3. Edit the path as illustrated below:
    For example, the installation folder is D:\ABBYY FineReader 16.
    For "Path"="C:\\Program Files\\ABBYY FineReader 16\\" change to "Path"="D:\\ABBYY FineReader 16\\"
    Preserve the double slash in the path.
    Go to the File menu > select Save.
  1. Double-click the edited registry key and run it.
  2. Start FineReader PDF.
  3. Go to the Help menu > select Check for Updates > install the update.

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