I do not like download managers. That is, I do not like having to install some vendor's piece of software in order to download and install another piece of the vendor's software.
So, when I am forced into a situation where there is a download manager, I look around for alternatives.
Adobe is one who wants a download manager installed first before I can download and install Acrobat Reader.
By looking for alternatives, I also get to avoid any other software pieces that get "tied" into the download such as the advert for the Google Toolbar. It is an option available via the Adobe download page.
So, after hunting around, I found this link for Acrobat version 8: Download Acrobat Reader Version 8 (.exe).
And, this link for Acrobat version 7.0.9: Download Acrobat Reader Version 7.0.9 (.exe).
These links are freely available via Softpedia Acrobat Downloads with the downloads directly from Adobe's site.
The links are current as of 2007-04-06. If they are broken, let me know and I will fix them.
UPDATE 2007-12-24: A link to the newest version: Adobe Acrobat 8.11 (MSI File).
UPDATE 2008-02-05: A link to the newest version: Adobe Acrobat 8.12 (MSI File).
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