How to remove the latest version of Adobe Reader to install an older one

Each new version of Adobe Reader brings additional features and security to the popular publishing platform. However, the new features invariably make software slower, and you may find (particularly if you have an old computer) that new versions of Adobe Reader do not perform at an acceptable level on your computer. If this is the case, you can delete the latest version of Adobe Reader on your computer to make room and install an older version.

Step 1

Click on the “Start” button at the bottom of the desktop, and then on “Control Panel.” You can also press the Windows logo key and “R” at the same time, and type “appwiz.cpl” in the dialog box that appears. If you do this, go to step 3.

Step 2

Double-click on the “Programs and features” icon, if your computer has Windows 7 or Windows Vista and the control panel is configured to show icons in the classic view. If you do not see this icon, click on “Uninstall a program.” If you have Windows XP, double-click on “Add or Remove Programs”.

Step 3

Click on “Adobe Reader 9.3.3” in the list of programs. Note that if you have a different version of Adobe Reader installed, your list of programs will show a different number after “Adobe Reader”.

Step 4

Click on the “Uninstall” button if your computer works with Windows 7 or Windows Vista, or “Delete” if your computer has Windows XP. A new window will appear asking if you are sure you want to uninstall Adobe Reader. Click on “Yes” Adobe Reader is removed from the computer. After a moment, you will return to the list of installed programs.

Step 5

Close the list of installed programs and the control panel to return to the desktop.