Problems installing Acrobat reader recently ?

Problem :

When trying to install Adobe Reader or Flash you get a partial install then it fails with the following error message.

“Metafile download failed error”

This may occur with both Windows XP 32bit and some with Windows 7 64-bit.

The solution in my case was not to use the default link from the adobe site but rather and then select the O/S and version required and downloading the full .exe installer.

Simple but hopefully that will save someone else stumbling around trying to fix the error.