In the October 2017 release of Creative Cloud, you get access to all-new versions of your favorite desktop apps, and you can download them using the Creative Cloud desktop app. To learn more, see What's new in Creative Cloud.

The Creative Cloud desktop app provides a quick way to update all of your apps to the latest versions. You can update installed apps individually, or update all apps together.

Note:

By default, all previous versions of Creative Cloud apps are uninstalled when you update to the latest version. If you want to retain previously installed versions, remember to change the default settings before you start the update process. For more information, see Advanced options.

Check for updates

The Adobe Creative Cloud desktop application checks for updates periodically and notifies you whenever one of your installed apps has an update available. However, you can retrieve the latest updates for your Creative Cloud applications without waiting for the Creative Cloud desktop application to refresh.

To check for application updates, click the three vertical dots icon at the upper-right in the Creative Cloud desktop app and choose Check for App Updates.

Choose Check for app Updates

Update apps

The Creative Cloud desktop app displays an Update All button or Update buttons next to installed apps. Clicking Update or Update All installs the latest versions of apps on your computer. Preferences and settings are migrated over to the new version, and the previous versions of the apps are uninstalled.

Note:

Save your work and close all Adobe apps before you begin. If Adobe apps are open, you may receive a warning to close them. For more help, see Close conflicting processes or applications.

To update the apps, do the following:

  1. Open the Creative Cloud desktop app and go to the Apps panel. The Apps panel displays Update buttons next to the apps installed on your computer.

    Note:

    If you've installed third-party plug-ins, they may not work with the 2017 version of the apps. Contact your plug-in vendor for information about compatibility and updates.

  2. Click Update All or Update.

  3. Optionally, click Advanced Options.

    • Deselect Import previous settings and preferences. By default, settings and preferences from the previous version are migrated to the latest version. For more information, see Import settings and preferences.
    • Deselect Remove old versions to retain previously installed versions of software. By default, all previous versions of Creative Cloud apps are uninstalled when you update to the latest version. For more information, see Remove old versions.
  4. Click Update to begin updating installed apps to the latest versions.

    When the update is complete, the latest apps are ready for use. For information on how to start, see Launch Creative Cloud apps.

Advanced options

Use the Advanced options to specify the app update behavior. By default, all previously installed versions of Creative Cloud apps are removed and customized preferences and settings are migrated to the latest version.

If you want to retain previously installed versions or not migrate settings, update the following options:

Import previous settings and preferences

When selected, applicable settings and preferences of your current apps are migrated automatically to the latest installed version. When you launch the apps, you may be prompted to import settings from earlier versions. On updating, Dreamweaver, Edge Animate, and Muse always migrate preferences from the previous versions.

Some apps, however, do not support migrating preferences and settings from previous versions:

  • Acrobat DC
  • Bridge

Remove old versions

When selected, previously installed versions of Creative Cloud apps are removed when you update. For example, updating to Photoshop CC 2015.5 uninstalls Photoshop CC 2015.

Some apps, however, do not support retaining the older versions. When you click Update All, previous versions of these apps are uninstalled, even if you've deselected the Remove old versions option. If you're updating the following apps individually, the Remove old versions option is selected and cannot be changed:

  • Adobe Muse

Note:

Do not use the Update All option if you want to retain the older version of one of these apps. When you're ready to update them (for example, when you've completed a current project), click the Update button next to these apps.

Install previous versions

If you ever need access to previous versions of apps, you can download and install them using the Creative Cloud desktop app. For more information, see Install previous versions.

To install the previous version of Acrobat, see Acrobat DC uninstalled Acrobat XI | How to get Acrobat XI back.

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