I use Adobe Photoshop elements as my main Photo/Graphics program. I do not use the Adobe Cloud as I have MS Cloud 1Tb plus Google cloud. If I try to un-install Adobe Creative Cloud it says it can't be un-installed as it is still reguired by a program that is running! This morning Creative Cloud on start up was chewing up CPU time. As I don't use surely I should be able to un-install it and run Adobe Photoshop Elements as a stand alone program.
I agree. It seems to be more sales tool than useful. I also tried to uninstall - it took Elements down with it. So I guess it's integral.
When I tried to un-install it - it said you still have Adobe products that need it! When I look at the processes running on my CPU there are 10 Processes running. When I first login one or two of these take up quite a bit of CPU time. It this I object to that Adobe is taking over or dominating the processing of my CPU. I don't use creative cloud and I don't want it. I do want to usse Adobe Photoshop Elements as a Stand Alone App. Maybe someone from Adobe can tell me why this cloud should dominate my PC. MS Cloud aka One Drive seems less invasive and more useful to me.
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Have a look at that conversation on anothe forum:
This has also been discussed here in a discussion I can't find now on the present forum. There was a report of successful uninstallation.
I can't test uninstallation easily myself because I have the Creative Cloud myself for Photoshop, Bridge and Lightroom.
What I can say is that the impact of Creative Cloud in terms of disk space, RAM and processor usage is totally negligible.
I think you'll learn interesting things by reading the above conversation (includings links).
Adobe does not even promote using the 'Creative Cloud', they only comment on the new features accessible with the new PSE version (saving files to share on the Cloud - 2 TB - easier sharing from mail). They don't even take advantage of the feature to explain the advantages of using the free version, like using Bridge free. They almost 'hide' the words 'Creative Cloud' because they know that would arise all sorts of 'conspiracy' theories around PSE. That's a pity, they should be clearer and perhaps change their installation program to allow not using the Crearive Cloud and accepting the lack of the new features. Anyway, uninstalling it would not give you any practical advantage. Simply don't use the above features.
The Creative Cloud desktop app helps power the new Save to Cloud feature that’s being previewed in Photoshop Elements 2021.