Downloading Adobe products should be a very simple process. But if you're having trouble, you're in the right place. Try these solutions to resolve common browser, system, and connectivity problems that can interfere with successful downloads.
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Try these solutions to resolve common browser, system, and connectivity problems that can interfere with successful downloads.
Try this first
Follow the troubleshooting steps in one of the following documents—whichever applies to your download:
- I can't download a purchased product
- I can't download a trial that uses Akamai Download Manager (Includes Acrobat X Pro. Not applicable to downloads in Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, or India.)
- Troubleshoot Adobe Download Assistant
- Installation problems | Flash Player | Windows
- Installation problems | Flash Player | Mac OS
- Quick fix | Download or install Reader
- Download eBooks | Adobe Digital Editions
Try this second
If, after reading the appropriate document in the "Try this first" section, you still have problems downloading software, try the following troubleshooting steps, in order:
- Try a different browser
- Make sure that your computer meets the Akamai Download Manager minimum system requirements
- Allow pop-up windows and cookies
- Check your connectivity
- Troubleshoot hard drive issues
- Find solutions to error messages
- Check whether the download is paused or stalled
- Enlarge the temporary Internet file cache
Often, the easiest way to resolve failed downloads is to try the download again using a different browser. For example, if you're using Internet Explorer on Windows, try Firefox. If you're using Firefox on Mac OS, try Safari.
See Akamai Download Manager FAQ. (Not applicable to downloads in Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, or India.)
Allow pop-up windows in your browser, or add www.adobe.com to your pop-up blocker exceptions list. Also, allow third-party cookies. For instructions, see your browser's documentation.
If you encounter a specific error number or message, search the Adobe support website for the text or error number for a solution.
- Browser-managed downloads (small product downloads, such as fonts or Lightroom): Look in the progress window. The download is progressing as long as the transfer rate is more than 0 MB/sec. If it is stalled, start your download again.
- Akamai Download Manager 3 (Adobe.com Store downloads and some trial downloads, such as Acrobat X): Look for the word PAUSED in the Akamai window. If the download is paused, click the Resume button . (Not applicable to downloads in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, or India.)
- Adobe Download Assistant (Creative Suite and Elements trial downloads): The Pause/Resume button is to the right of the progress bar.
If the temporary Internet file cache is too small to contain the file as it downloads, the download fails.
Enlarge the temporary Internet file cache in Internet Explorer 7 and later (Windows)
Estimated download times
Many factors, such as the connection type and network traffic, affect download speed. The following table provides estimated download times for different file sizes at typical connection speeds. These estimates assume ideal network conditions. Your actual download time can be longer. For faster downloads, avoid peak hours (9am to 6pm Eastern time). Demand for downloads can also be high the first week after a product release. Some products, typically applications that are about 1 GB or larger, require that you have a broadband Internet connection for download.
Note: When you order, look below or to the right of the Delivery Method pop-up menu for the file size and estimated download time.
|File size||Connection speed|
|DSL (1.5 Mbps)||Cable (3 Mbps)||Corporate network (10 Mbps)|
|100 MB||9 minutes||5 minutes||1 minute|
|500 MB||47 minutes||25 minutes||7 minutes|
|800 MB||75 minutes||40 minutes||11 minutes|
|1 GB||96 minutes||51 minutes||14 minutes|
|2 GB||3 hours||101 minutes||29 minutes|
|5 GB||8 hours||4 hours||72 minutes|
|7 GB||11 hours||6 hours||100 minutes|
|10 GB||16 hours||8.5 hours||2.5 hours|
Unable to download Captivate 8 or any product in IE 11 browser
If you are facing issues in downloading Captivate 8 or any product using Internet Explorer 11 browser in Windows 7 or Windows 8 OS, you can fix it by adding adobe.com site to the combatability view list. Follow the steps below: