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Where to download Photoshop for Windows 8.1?

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Dec 05, 2019

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Looks like the newest version of CC only works on Windows 7 and Windows 10 and is not compatible with Windows 8.1 for some reason. I'm temporarily working on an old laptop running Windows 8.1 and can't easily upgrade. I have a CC subscription and keys for Photoshop going back to version 3.

 

Can anybody share a link to download an older version of Photoshop compatible with Windows 8.1?

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Correct answer by Nancy_OShea | Adobe Community Professional

Upgrade to Windows 10 (64 bit only).  See system requirements for Creative Cloud desktop app + Photoshop CC.

https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/system-requirements.html

 

NOTE:  Adobe ended support for WIN8 AND 8.1 in Jaunuary of 2018.

https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/os-support-for-cc-2019-apps.html

Without a supported operating system, your son cannot use latest versions of Creative Cloud desktop app or Photoshop, etc...

 

Pre-2019 versions are no longer offered from the Creative Cloud desktop app.  I know of no way to obtain them unless you're a TEAMS/ENTERPRISE account holder in which case you must special request them from your IT dept admin.

 

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Where to download Photoshop for Windows 8.1?

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Looks like the newest version of CC only works on Windows 7 and Windows 10 and is not compatible with Windows 8.1 for some reason. I'm temporarily working on an old laptop running Windows 8.1 and can't easily upgrade. I have a CC subscription and keys for Photoshop going back to version 3.

 

Can anybody share a link to download an older version of Photoshop compatible with Windows 8.1?

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Correct answer by Nancy_OShea | Adobe Community Professional

Upgrade to Windows 10 (64 bit only).  See system requirements for Creative Cloud desktop app + Photoshop CC.

https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/system-requirements.html

 

NOTE:  Adobe ended support for WIN8 AND 8.1 in Jaunuary of 2018.

https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/os-support-for-cc-2019-apps.html

Without a supported operating system, your son cannot use latest versions of Creative Cloud desktop app or Photoshop, etc...

 

Pre-2019 versions are no longer offered from the Creative Cloud desktop app.  I know of no way to obtain them unless you're a TEAMS/ENTERPRISE account holder in which case you must special request them from your IT dept admin.

 

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Dec 05, 2019

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Contact Adobe Customer Care by logging-in below.

https://helpx.adobe.com/contact.html

Click the chat bot icon and type AGENT followed by Enter key.

 

 

 

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
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Dec 05, 2019

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Due to Adobe's policy change on what is available, I don't know if this link still works

 

https://www.adobe.com/gr_en/downloads/other-downloads.html

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 06, 2020

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Yup, It's not working anymore.

 

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Looks like the links on John's page have been removed; they just take you to a general help page now.

 

I tried Nancy's trick of requesting an agent through the chat bot, and after a bit of a wait, some confusion and runaround they sent me a link for a direct download of Photoshop CC19 which installs and runs on Windows 8.1. Seems exactly the same as what I use on Windows 10. This will probably expire soon but here it is:

 

http://prdl-download.adobe.com/Photoshop/66A1D1E00DE44601B041A631261EC584/1507846032938/AdobePhotosh...

 

I'm not sure why their official download page says "Not Compatible" when this version is perfectly compatible. My guess is it's something to do with DRM...?

 

Thanks for your help!

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 06, 2020

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Sarah, It's not even opening anymore.

And to be honest, It's so unfair for windows 8 and 8.1 users like myself.

Why can't they just make a version for windows 8 and 8.1 only?

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May 10, 2020

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Thank you so much Sarah, it still works! 🙂
Guess I'll be keepin' the installer as a little treasure, at least until I decide to upgrade from Windows 8.1 (which I love) to Windows 10.

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Dec 05, 2019

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It says here photoshop cc 2019 is compatible with windows 8.1

 

My mistake photoshop version 19.0 aka photoshop cc 2018 is what you want.

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/system-requirements/earlier-versions.html

 

You can download the photoshop cc 2018 installer from here:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/creative-cloud-apps-download.html

 

 

The newest version of photoshop is photoshop 2020 (photoshop version 21.0) which is not compatible with windows 8.1

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 05, 2019

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Although CC 2019 is actually version 20.x which, according to Adobe, is only compatible with Windows 7 and 10.

 

Version 19.x is CC 2018 which is the version I suspect Sarah is running on Win 8.1.

Adobe's System Requirements muddies the waters by referring to Photoshop CC 19.x.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 05, 2019

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Right your are.

 

Thanks for catching that.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 05, 2019

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Darned confusing. Had to check version numbers myself several times before posting.

 

Adobe should apply more precision to their System Requirements pages.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 06, 2020

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Your link worked for me, Thank you so much Jeff.

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Jun 06, 2020

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Has you link continued to work?  Any issues??TIA

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Jun 03, 2020

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I’ve gotten the run around from adobe chat box individuals, telling me ps will work on windows 8. It’s not working,so I chat box again and tell them I was told it would work,clarifying several times. My son needs it,with quarantine it’s for a class he takes to keep him engaged with peers and mentors.Will the cc2018 installer work ( above) with windows 8? Tia

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Jun 03, 2020

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Upgrade to Windows 10 (64 bit only).  See system requirements for Creative Cloud desktop app + Photoshop CC.

https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/system-requirements.html

 

NOTE:  Adobe ended support for WIN8 AND 8.1 in Jaunuary of 2018.

https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/os-support-for-cc-2019-apps.html

Without a supported operating system, your son cannot use latest versions of Creative Cloud desktop app or Photoshop, etc...

 

Pre-2019 versions are no longer offered from the Creative Cloud desktop app.  I know of no way to obtain them unless you're a TEAMS/ENTERPRISE account holder in which case you must special request them from your IT dept admin.

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
Alt-Web.com

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Jun 06, 2020

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Posting this because I'm unable to upgrade to Windows 10!

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