UPDATED: Adobe Creative Cloud Update Leaves Behind Older Operating Systems


Hi all – just a clarification from Adobe on our article below:

Most Creative Cloud applications receiving updates in the next major release will still support Windows 7. It is only Adobe video and audio tools that aren’t supporting Windows 7 – Lightroom and Photoshop will still support the OS.

More information can be found on the Adobe blog. if you are wondering what is supported after the new updates.


One of the sadder aspects about a software update is when it outstrips the machine you’re running it on and, in this case, that still matters even if the software is cloud-based.

Adobe announced, to the chagrin of many, that its next Creative Cloud update could leave some users in the dust, particularly those that are clinging to operating systems whose last major update was in 2016 for Windows and 2015 for Mac.

Fans of Adobe Creative Cloud who also use a Windows 10 Anniversary Update (v1607) or lower OS or Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) or lower could find themselves in the market for new hardware.

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For its part, Adobe says that users will still be able to use the apps as they stand today but will not be able to upgrade any further. To upgrade their apps they will need to upgrade their hardware, natch, and Adobe recommends this action so that users can take full advantage of new features as they are added to Creative Cloud applications.

A blog post on the Adobe website detailing the coming update says:

“If you’re running Windows 8.1, Windows 10 v1511 and v1607 or Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan), you can continue to run and install current and previous versions of Creative Cloud applications. However, you will not be able to install or run the next major release of Creative Cloud unless you’re on a supported version of Windows or MacOS.

Creative Cloud Desktop, which manages application installs, will continue to be supported on Windows 7 or later and Mac OS X v10.9 or later.

Focusing our efforts on more modern versions of Windows and Mac operating systems allows us to concentrate on developing the features and functionality most requested by members while ensuring peak performance that takes advantage of modern hardware. Visit this site for detailed information on current Creative Cloud app system requirements.”

It’s almost like the days before cloud software. The more things change the more they stay the same, eh?

Are you impacted by Adobe’s latest updates? Let us know in the comments.

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Although I subscribe to Adobe CC I have no interest in the Cloud and use only their desktop applications. A return to stand alone applications would be welcome for that reason. Also I object to paying for features that will not be available to me because of the age of my computer. No doubt when downloading any future update either atomically or by choice systems will be screwed up with Adobe taking the line that it is not their fault. Perhaps a little more concern for customers and less on innovations that force replacement of computers would be a good road to go down. It seems to me that Adobe now hold their customers to ransom.

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