How to make a "proper" PDF file
Windows XP

You must have the full version of Adobe Acrobat (version 4, 5 or 6)

Open your file in the program that created it.
Choose File Print.

In the Print Window,
Change The Printer to Acrobat Distiller using the Name: pull down list.

image of distiller preferences window

Then click on the Properties button.

Click on the Adobe PDF Settings tab.

image of pdf properties window

Under General – Conversion Settings: Choose Print from the pull down menu.

Click OK to the Adobe PDF Settings window.

Click OK to the Print window.

The computer will ask you to give your PDF file a name (please name it xxxxx.pdf) and choose a location to save it in. If this PDF file will ever end up on a web server for people to download you must have the file end in ".pdf".