How to Downgrade Adobe Reader

By Contributing Writer

You can downgrade Adobe Reader by uninstalling the present version and reinstalling an older version. Often an older version of a program proves to no longer be sufficient. Or a newer upgrade may not work as advertised. When either scenario occurs, it is often necessary to undo the upgrade. Fortunately, many older versions of a program like Adobe Reader are available on the Web.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe ReaderInternet access

Uninstalling Adobe Reader

Step 1

Open Windows start panel and choose "Control Panel."

Step 2

Select "Add or Remove Programs" in the Control Panel options.

Step 3

Select Acrobat Reader from the list of programs that appear, and select "Remove."

Step 4

Click "Yes" when asked if you are completely sure you want to remove the selected application and all of its components .

Step 5

Close the "Add or Remove Programs" window and the Control Panel Window.

Installing an Old Version of Adobe Reader

Step 1

Open an Internet browser.

Step 2

Type in the URL "http:www.oldversion.com."

Step 3

Look for the Adobe Reader link listed under the applications heading on the main page and click it.

Step 4

Select the old version of Acrobat Reader to be downloaded from the list of available versions.

Step 5

Click on the icon over the older version of Adobe Reader to install it.

Tips & Warnings

  • After installing the older version, it is important not to select upgrade if prompted to do so.

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