Creative Cloud & Windows 7

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I have used PhotoShop since before CS1. I have been a Creative Cloud subscriber for five years. I would like to continue my Creative Cloud subscription and continue to use PhotoShop, but I have the Windows 7 Professional  OS, and I can't update to Windows 10 at this time.

Adobe keeps sending me notifications that Adobe won't support Windows 7 any more. What are my options? I can't update to Windows 10 at this time, probably not for two more years. I have already updated to CC 2019 (with Lightroom and all other apps). Are these programs still going to work on my Windows 7 Professional OS? Do I need to revert back to CC 2018?

How can I continue to use Creative Cloud and PhotoShop  with my Windows 7 Professional OS?

Thank you.

Marie

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Correct answer by John Waller | Adobe Community Professional

All CC 2019 versions of those apps are still supported on Windows 7 SP1.

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

Lightroom Classic CC still supports Windows 7. Lightroom CC is Win 10 only.

Note: if your system is not supported, the apps will not even be available for you to download in the Cloud desktop app. The fact that you have downloaded and installed indicates that they still work on your system. This may be last version to support Windows 7 though.

Adobe is confusing people by issuing these emails without clarifying the details that Win 7 is still supported on many apps for the time being.

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Creative Cloud & Windows 7

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I have used PhotoShop since before CS1. I have been a Creative Cloud subscriber for five years. I would like to continue my Creative Cloud subscription and continue to use PhotoShop, but I have the Windows 7 Professional  OS, and I can't update to Windows 10 at this time.

Adobe keeps sending me notifications that Adobe won't support Windows 7 any more. What are my options? I can't update to Windows 10 at this time, probably not for two more years. I have already updated to CC 2019 (with Lightroom and all other apps). Are these programs still going to work on my Windows 7 Professional OS? Do I need to revert back to CC 2018?

How can I continue to use Creative Cloud and PhotoShop  with my Windows 7 Professional OS?

Thank you.

Marie

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by John Waller | Adobe Community Professional

All CC 2019 versions of those apps are still supported on Windows 7 SP1.

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

Lightroom Classic CC still supports Windows 7. Lightroom CC is Win 10 only.

Note: if your system is not supported, the apps will not even be available for you to download in the Cloud desktop app. The fact that you have downloaded and installed indicates that they still work on your system. This may be last version to support Windows 7 though.

Adobe is confusing people by issuing these emails without clarifying the details that Win 7 is still supported on many apps for the time being.

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Your CC license lets you run any compatible version (or multiple versions) so you an run CC 2018 now, and upgrade CC if and when you catch up with Windows.

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Thank you for your answer, but you did not see that I have already upgraded to CC 2019. Why did Adobe allow me to upgrade to CC 2019, without notifying me first that Adobe would not support my Windows 7 Professional OS?

CC 2019 seems to be working fine on my Windows 7 Professional OS. I have version 20.0.0. Here is a truncated view of the System Info:

Adobe Photoshop Version: 20.0.0 20180920.r.24 2018/09/20: 1193433  x64

Number of Launches: 244

Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit

Version: 7 SP1 6.1.7601.24150

System architecture: Intel CPU Family:6, Model:10, Stepping:9 with MMX, SSE Integer, SSE FP, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, HyperThreading

Physical processor count: 4

Processor speed: 3 MHz

Built-in memory: 8078 MB

Free memory: 4425 MB

Memory available to Photoshop: 7375 MB

Memory used by Photoshop: 60 %

Alias Layers: Disabled.

Modifier Palette: Disabled.

Highbeam: Enabled.

Image tile size: 1024K

Image cache levels: 4

Font Preview: Medium

TextComposer: Latin

Display: 1

Display Bounds: top=0, left=0, bottom=1080, right=1920

OpenGL Drawing: Enabled.

OpenGL Allow Old GPUs: Not Detected.

Do I need to uninstall CC 2019 and reinstall CC 2018? If so, how do I do this?

I would appreciate it if Adobe would have a senior tech reply to my questions. I just want to know where I stand, so that I will know that I won't have any problems using PhotoShop for the next two years.

Marie

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Which apps do you use? The audio visual apps (Premiere, Audition, After Effect et s) require Windows 10.

Other apps still run on Win 7 SP1. Win 8 is not supported.

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I use PhotoShop, Bridge, Lightroom, and Camera Raw.

Marie

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All CC 2019 versions of those apps are still supported on Windows 7 SP1.

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

Lightroom Classic CC still supports Windows 7. Lightroom CC is Win 10 only.

Note: if your system is not supported, the apps will not even be available for you to download in the Cloud desktop app. The fact that you have downloaded and installed indicates that they still work on your system. This may be last version to support Windows 7 though.

Adobe is confusing people by issuing these emails without clarifying the details that Win 7 is still supported on many apps for the time being.

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John Waller. Thank you, these are the answers I have longed to read.

Marie

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Glad to hear it. I was assuming you'd checked system compatibility and found it wouldn't install.This is a user to user forum, not a route to Adobe techs, senior or otherwise... still, sometimes we are lucky.

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I'm sure Adobe will be dropping support for old OS versions one Mac and PC platforms.  Apple has drop support for 32Bit Applications  and Adobe will be dropping Photoshop 32bit versions now for windows you will need to use old version of Photoshop if you want to use old 32bit Photoshop Plug-in.  Photoshop UI scale requires Windows 10 to work correctly on High PPI resolution displays on windows.  I believe you will be able to use old hardware  and software  for many years to come.  As  development continues  new software versions may require newer hardware and OS versions.  The writing is on the wall or soon will be.

You may be able to run Photoshop one Windows 7 for many years however, I think some new features like UI scaling may not work. And the will be compatibility problems with PSD file from newer version of Photoshop and older version of Photoshop.

JJMack

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It's been over a year from the last post in this thread, but the 2020 versions of many of the CC apps are now out. And as of the release of the new 2020 apps, the CC 2018 versions are now no longer available at all (as per Adobe's availability policy that took effect on May 8 of this year) while the 2019 versions are now on legacy availability status (only the very latest minor point release of that previous major version is now available). And with the pending EOL of support from Microsoft itself for Windows 7, the new 2020 CC apps now require Windows 10 64-bit to run at all. As a result, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 support, as well as 32-bit support, in the Creative Cloud desktop app will begin to be phased out. When that will occur remains to be seen.

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I think this post by the OP illustrates the problem with cloud and monthly paid/rented apps. At the very least it results in confusion. I have a very old XP pro computer from years ago, and it still runs CS2 fine. (it certainly isn't my main computer)..My Win 7 machines, one a 32 bit and one 64 bit still run my main Adobe programs fine. What is strange is that in 2020, I'm still getting updates for Photoshop in the 64bit Win7 one. I also have been concerned with the upgrade path that we really don't have any control over. I love Photoshop, I was reluctant at first about CC, but it's a pretty good bargain. The thing is with purchasing the license to software, you can keep it as long as your OS. Even though Adobe has tried to continue support to a large degree for non supported operating systems, there will come a cutoff I think,, since I don't believe there is continuing support for very old systems. I and it seems others, are not fond of Windows 10...even if we can afford new machines.

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OK. That's actually the first sensible argument in favor of perpetual licenses I have come across so far. It's a valid point.

 

And even more so now that they cut off earlier CC versions too.

 

Still, overall the arguments are overwhelmingly stacked the other way.

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