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Acrobat Reader Version 5, want Version 9


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#1 cafejose

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 10:45 PM

The old laptop computer with Windows XP (now service pack 3) has version 5 of Acrobat Reader. I would like to upgrade to version 9 if this is possible. The Adobe or Acrobat website is not helpful about how to gain this change. Would version 9 work on this old machine? (about 9 GB of hard disc capacity remaining on a 30 GB hard disc, 2.0GHz processor, 512 MB R.A.M.). What should be done? Uninstall through Control Panel's Add/Remove feature, then download and install Reader Version 9? Just download Version 9 and install on top of already existing installed Version 5? Use little button on top of Adobe Reader 5 that gives mouse-hover message "Visit Adobe Reader Site..."? Should my old machine use a version less than 9 but greater than 5? Could I instead just uninstall version 5 through Control Panel and download and install the latest Foxit Reader? I might like to use Foxit instead just because it might be smaller and swifter than Adobe/Acrobat Reader, but I'm not sure which is best and not sure about cleanly removing Adobe/Acrobat Reader 5.

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 11:23 PM

Adobe Reader

You can download it from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
After installing the latest Adobe Reader, uninstall all previous versions.
Note. If you already have Adobe Photoshop® Album Starter Edition installed or do not wish to have it installed UNcheck the box which says Also Download Adobe Photoshop® Album Starter Edition.

Alternatively, you can uninstall Adobe Reader (33.5 MB), download and install Foxit PDF Reader(3.5MB) from HERE.
It's a much smaller file to download and uses a lot less resources than Adobe Reader.
Note: When installing FoxitReader, make sure to UN-check any pre-checked toolbar, or other garbage.

Edited by Broni, 14 August 2010 - 11:24 PM.

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 11:50 PM

I dont recomend foxit neither does many staff and members here any more it was good once now it is filled with junk ware see here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...=foxit&st=0

Some other readers that are good and are recommended by animal one of our admins are:

I'm no longer a fan of FoxIt and have found my personal alternative to both foxit and adobe.

PDF-XChange Viewer Free: http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer

Another free alternative I've seen mentioned by respected sources but I don't have personal experience with is:

Sumatra PDF: http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/index.html


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#4 Broni

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 11:56 PM

PDF-XChange Viewer is not free though.

All you need to do in case of FoxIt (as well, as in case of any other program) is to follow "custom" installation and refuse (UN-check) all unwanted garbage.
FoxIt is only one of of hundreds other free programs, which try to sneak in some other "drive-by-install" junk.
Pretty full list of those shameless programs can be found here: http://www.smartestcomputing.us.com/topic/...-hall-of-shame/

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 01:24 AM

Broni,
I just checked the foxit website. At one time there was a zipped package of version 3 which allowed putting Foxit onto the computer without putting in other garbage. I saw nothing about any zipped package of Foxit, neither version 3 nor version 4. Does anybody know if there still or really is a zipped package for Foxit Reader, version 3 or 4 ?

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 06:33 AM

Here is a direct download link to Adobe Acrobat Reader version 9 for XP SP3. Save the download to your hard drive and then install from there.

http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/read...dr933_en_US.exe

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:47 AM

All you need to do in case of FoxIt (as well, as in case of any other program) is to follow "custom" installation and refuse (UN-check) all unwanted garbage.


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Posted 15 August 2010 - 11:43 AM

PDF-XChange Viewer is not free though.

I beg to differ, as I have been using it for free for 3 years:

PDF-XChange Viewer

Those wishing to View/Modify or perform simple editing of PDF files on their Windows PC's now have a FREE alternative!

The FREE version of the PDF-XChange Viewer may be used without limitation for Private, Commercial, Goverment and all uses, provided it is not -: incorporated or distributed for profit/commerical gain with other software or media distribution of any type

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 11:45 AM

Oh....mea culpa :thumbsup:

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