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availability of older versions of Photoshop

Explorer ,
Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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I pay for PS each month for few years now, however for about a year new version of PS (2021) is broken for me and I am forced to use 2020 (reported issue on forum many times, no progress).

I see 2019 was available in Creative Cloud but currently I only see 2020.

My question is - will be 2020 be available forever or it will also disappear?

Because in that case I would need to search for alternatives.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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It should be removed from CC with the next full version, though the installer will probably still be available over on prodesigntools for example: 

https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cc-2020-direct-download-links.html

But as you already have it installed that should not affect you anyway, should it? 

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Explorer ,
Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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My sdd crashed this week and I needed to reinstall everything, that's example how it can affect me.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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Can you restore the SSD’s content from your back-ups? 

 

You might also want to download and back-up the installer. 

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Explorer ,
Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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I was thinking Creative Cloud installers are online?

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Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2021 Oct 30, 2021

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and I see PS 23.x was released, can I access 21.x now on some new installation in case of problems?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 30, 2021 Oct 30, 2021

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Yes you can keep older versions of Photoshop installed, when installing a new version you should be given an option to keep previous versions.

See this bit from the below link "How to retain previous versions of your app"

https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/using/install-previous-version.html

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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2021 Oct 30, 2021

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But no you cannot access old versions if you don't have them already installed. So DO NOT uninstall old versions nor let Creative Cloud do that. It's too dangerous.

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Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2021 Oct 30, 2021

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Please see what I wrote above, my SSD crashed and I need to reinstall Photoshop. What if my SSD will crash in the future? How can I install 21.x?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 30, 2021 Oct 30, 2021

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@Jacek Poplawski wrote:

Please see what I wrote above, my SSD crashed and I need to reinstall Photoshop. What if my SSD will crash in the future? How can I install 21.x?


 

Please read what c.pfaffenbichler wrote in the parent reply above, because he already answered this. If an installer is no longer available from Adobe, you might find it at prodesigntools.com.

 

That will be your only option, because Adobe has stated their installer availability policy in the linked document below:

Adobe software support guidelines

 

What apps are available for download?

We provide installers for our current desktop apps and the previous major version of each. (Acrobat DC is the exception: We provide only the current version to ensure that you have the latest security updates.)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 31, 2021 Oct 31, 2021

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"What if my SSD will crash in the future? How can I install 21.x?"

Do what I do and create an disk image of your hard drive on a separate drive, I do this on a weekly basis using Macrium Reflect free edition.

 

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Oct 31, 2021 Oct 31, 2021

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It's a safe bet that no application will be forever. With the changes in technology, it's difficult for companies to support older versions.

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