Acrobat 9 Updater crashes on Windows 7

I got a copy of Acrobat 9 Standard with my new Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner, and I ran into a weird issue when trying to update it to the latest version.  The fix ended up being pretty simple but it took me a while to figure out, so as with my previous post, I’m recording it here for the benefit of folks searching for how to resolve the error.  I don’t know if it has anything to do with the particular error, but I’m running Win7 64-bit for reference.

After going to Help -> Check for Updates, you get a popup saying that “A new version of the Adobe Updater is available for installation.”  Click OK, it runs a batch script of some kind, and then Adobe Updater Install Manager (a.k.a. AdobeUpdateInstallMgr.exe) crashes and dies.

The simple solution: install the Adobe Updater thingy manually from here.  If you’re starting from 9.0 you’ll then go from there to 9.2 and then 9.4.5.  It’s a bit of a process:/

Incidentally, the scanner is made of pure shiny awesome.  I’ve turned literally 2 feet of course readers from my undergrad into searchable bits.  Amazing.