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My MacOS can not be upgraded to run Lightroom Classic

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Jan 03, 2024 Jan 03, 2024

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Hey All, I am still using my Macbook Pro (2014) MacOS Big Sur 11.7.1 and I can not upgrade my OS to Monterey in order to run Lightroom Classic. Is there a way I can use an older version of lightroom? I can't seem to find one, I just says i have to upgrade which puts me dead in the water.... Please help.

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Jan 03, 2024 Jan 03, 2024

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The reason you don’t find one is that Adobe has a policy where only the current version and one previous version of a Creative Cloud application is supported and available for installation. That means every year when a new major version is released, the third most recent version is no longer supported and is dropped from the Creative Cloud installer.

 

Based on that policy, the versions available for installation are Lightroom Classic 13 and 12. Of those two versions, Lightroom Classic 12 does support macOS 11 and later, but Lightroom Classic 13 does not. So you can use the current Creative Cloud desktop app to install Lightroom Classic 12.

 

By the way, the reason for the macOS support cutoffs is that Adobe matches the Apple policy for macOS support: Both Adobe and Apple support only the last three versions of macOS, and again, every year Apple releases a new one so the oldest one falls off. Currently, that means Adobe and Apple support macOS 14, 13, and 12. Next year, that will ratchet up to macOS 15 (probably), 14, and 13.

 

Yes, this means you can always expect that starting from the release date (not purchase date) of any Mac model, after about 7 or 8 years you’ll have to buy a new one if you want to be able to upgrade to current versions of both macOS and Creative Cloud applications.

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Thank you for the info, so if i am understaning correctly, there is a way for me to use an older version of Creative cloud that will allow me to use my current 2014 macbook with Bigsur 11.7.1?

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As @Conrad C  states- " So you can use the current Creative Cloud desktop app to install Lightroom Classic 12."

In the Creative Cloud Desktop App- click on the 3-dots icon for Lightroom-Classic and choose- [other versions] where you are presented with Version 12 options to install-

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Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.2 Photoshop 25.5, ACR 16.2, Lightroom 7.2, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.0.2, Windows-11.

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