The latest Flash Player should be backwards compatible for old Flash content.
But if you really need Flash Player 8, uninstall your current Player, then download and install it from http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html
If you have already tried that, what exactly means "won't let me"?
it says I don't have permission to download flashplayer 8 active x
Sorry, I don't understand this - you shouldn't need any permission to download anything. Where are you downloading it to? Can you post a screenshot of that error? See http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1070933
thank you for your help, I figured it out myself, you haven't helped me a
bit. adobe said I didn't have permission to be on that page . understand