When I "upgraded" to Adobe Reader 9 I immediately noticed a severe drop in performance. A lot of pretty features have been added, but I can't take the hit to my machines' performance and I want to go back.
I tried to configure the software so that it would load less of the bloated features, and I attempted to change the performance in several ways. But I've had it by now and I need to go back to 8.
Any thoughts on where I might find an installer/exe for version 8/8.1.3?
Why do you want 8?
You would be better off with 9: http://download.cnet.com/Adobe-Reader/3000-10743_4-10000062.html?tag=mncol
How much system RAM do you have? I bet if you upgraded your RAM you would not have the performance issues with 9.