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Before knowing the steps to install an older version of Adobe Reader on Mac OS, just go through the System requirements for various versions of Adobe Reader.

System requirements for Adobe Reader XI for Mac OS

System requirements change with every update, so if you don’t want to face any complication while the installing process, just check the hardware and software compatibility of your Mac OS:

  • Intel® processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 350 MB of available hard-disk space
  • Mac OS X v10.6.4, v10.7.2, or v10.8
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Safari 5.1 for Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7.2; Safari 5.2 for Mac OS X v10.8; Safari 6.0 for Mac OS X v10.7.4 or v10.8

System requirements for Adobe Reader X for Mac OS

  • Intel processor
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • 415 MB of available hard-disk space
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or v10.6.4
  • 800 x 600 screen resolution (1024×768 recommended)
  • Safari 4 for Mac OS X v10.5.8; Safari 4 or 5.0.x for Mac OS X v10.6.4

System requirements for Adobe Reader 9 for Mac OS

  • PowerPC® G4, PowerPC G5, or Intel processor
  • Mac OS X v10.4.11–10.5.8 (PowerPC); Mac OS X v10.4.11–10.6.3 (Intel)
  • 128 MB of RAM (256 MB recommended)
  • 405 MB of available hard-disk space (additional space required for installation)
  • Safari 3.0.4 or later

Now follow the steps written below to install an older version of Adobe Reader.

1. Open the Adobe Acrobat Reader download page.

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Important Note: You can install the latest version of Adobe Reader if you’re running Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

2. Now choose your operating system, a language, and your Adobe Reader version, and then click on “Download now” button.

3. Save the .dmg file when asked whether to open or save. Choose the option Save File, and then click OK.

Important Note: If this window doesn’t display on your computer screen, it may be possible that some other window is hiding or blocking it. Try to move any other windows out of the way.

Adobe-24. Double-click on the .dmg file and in case you can’t see the Downloads window, select Tools > Downloads.

Adobe-35. If the Downloads window doesn’t show the download package and a Thank You screen appears, click the download link displaying on the Thank You screen.

Adobe-46. To start the installation, Double-click the Adobe Reader [version] Installer.pkg.

Adobe-57. If a dialog box comes up and tell you to quit Reader, close Reader, and then click on OK button.

8. Then click Continue when the Install Adobe Reader dialog box displays and follow the onscreen instructions for installing Reader.

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Download and install Reader in Safari Browser:

1. Open the Adobe Acrobat Reader download page.

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Important Note: You can install the latest version of Adobe Reader if you’re running Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

2. Now choose your operating system, a language, and your Adobe Reader version, and then click on “Download now” button.

Then you’ll see a Downloads page with a progress bar.

Adobe-83. If a dialog box comes up and tell you to quit Reader, close Reader, and then click on OK button.

4. Then click Continue when the Install Adobe Reader dialog box displays and follow the onscreen instructions for installing Reader.

Adobe-95. When the Installation is successful, a window appears, click Close.

The Adobe Reader is installed on your computer.