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Creative Cloud Version Control: How to Update or Revert CC Apps

How Does the Adobe CC Desktop App Manager Work?

One of the biggest strengths of the Adobe CC 2015 release is receiving a complete set of creative tools with an ongoing stream of updates included at no extra cost… We no longer have to wait 1-2 years for our products to innovate and keep pace with evolving technologies; instead we get the latest & greatest features and improvements as soon as they are ready.

Since the initial launch of CC in 2013, Adobe has regularly issued new upgrades for each individual app about once every 3-4 months, bringing new power and capabilities to all subscribers.

Normally the Creative Cloud works seamlessly with these ongoing product updates… The CC Desktop App runs quietly in the System Tray and gracefully notifies the customer that a new upgrade is avail­able for any of the included applications like Photoshop CC, and (optionally whenever desired) the user clicks one button to auto­matically download and install the update smoothly in the back­ground.

Sometimes, however, subscribers need more control for various reasons… You might want the ability to download and apply updates manually, work with the installers offline, or be able to go back to a previous version by rolling back a specific update – in other words, easily downgrade back to any prior/older CC release.

How to do all this without using the CC Desktop App Manager not readily apparent to most users – but fortu­nately, here, we’re going to give you the answers.  Generally speaking, to build or restore to any version of any CC app when needed, you can use these steps…

To go backwards to a prior/earlier CC version (downgrade)

  1. Uninstall the Adobe tool using your operating system’s uninstall function… Next, download and run the Adobe Cleaner Tool to ensure it is removed completely.  Reboot your computer.
  2. Download and install the base (original .0) release of app you want to restore using the special direct links… Use the direct download links for CC 2015 (the current version), or CC 2014 (the previous version), or CC 2013 (the earliest version). Then run the app and make sure it is activated by signing in with your Adobe ID.
  3. Then download and apply the CC patch update for the version you want to upgrade your base release to.  We maintain complete sets of all updates available for CC 2015 (Windows or Mac), for CC 2014 (Windows or Mac), and for CC 2013 (Windows or Mac).  Note all patches are cumulative and include earlier updates for that release.

Or, to go forwards to a newer/later CC version (upgrade)

  1. If you don’t already have it running on your computer, then start by downloading and installing the base release for the desired version – all those links are given in step 2 just above.
  2. Then simply download and apply the CC patch update for the version you want to upgrade your current release to… The direct links for all CC updates are given in step 3 above.
  3. Because all patches are cumulative, you can just pick the one you want to upgrade to.
Note: If you’re not sure what is the current version of the tool you’re running, then just select “About…” or “System Info…” on the the app’s Help menu and it will give you that information.

To go back or use a previous release, like CC 2014, CC 2013, or CS6

  1. If it helps or if you didn’t know already, the older CC 2014, CC 2013 and Creative Suite 6 (2012) versions of the applications are also included in your Creative Cloud membership – and they can be used & run together with the newer CC 2015 releases… You can actually choose any version(s) you want.
  2. If you need to get those installers quickly, you can access them via the Creative Cloud Download Center, which keeps a permanent archive of prior releases available to you – or you can instead use our collections of Adobe CC 2014 Direct Links, the CC 2013 Direct Links and/or the CS6 Direct Links.
So there you have it: three common and helpful use cases for situations you may encounter, either now or bookmark for future use…  If you have difficulties with any of the above instructions or steps, please post a comment below and we’ll try to assist!

See Also

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  1. Sandi

    Thank you, this is great to have… The CC desktop manager is flaky sometimes so I know this is going to save my bacon someday.

  2. Randall Martin

    I do not understand the phrase “uninstall the tool…” What tool?

    • Hi Randall, it just means to uninstall the specific Adobe tool that you want to roll back or restore an earlier version of… You uninstall it using your the Windows or Mac standard program uninstall process.

  3. the links for earlier versions 2014, 2013 on 64-bit do not work –

    • Yes Marius, the direct links all work fine, for all releases on all platforms.

      You left comments on those pages indicating that you didn’t carefully follow the essential download directions (required by Adobe’s servers), before clicking on the links.

  4. A caveat I must alert readers to is that since Adobe has started the CC process with relatively frequent updates that include ‘feature additions’ there has been an almost increasing issue with accidental feature drops or things that worked one way before not working at all or giving different results entirely in the new system. Basically, in the old way of creating major upgrades every 18 months to 24 months and bug fixes in between, they took more time to make sure all the features still worked because there were a lot of beta testers to discover issues before the new discs were mastered and shipped. Now, however, a new feature and update might come out every three or four months and often there’s another update a month or two following because they accidentally dropped a feature or something wasn’t working and they try and fix the problem… only often enough, another issue happens. Just follow the CC forum discussions and you’ll see it’s a serious issue for many of us. It hasn’t improved in two years. It’s actually getting worse as far as I can tell, and I only use Lightroom and Photoshop but I work with others that use AE and Premiere and Ill and they are getting similar problems.

    • Well Jeff, if you do run into any problem then you have the guide on this page to roll back or restore the prior version!

      Consider these resources given here to be your safety net if you ever need or want to revert to the prior (or any) CC revision… You have the entire release history at your fingertips, with complete control.

      You should also know that Adobe continues to maintain very active Prerelease Programs for customers to test and give feedback on upcoming new CC releases and updates. For example:

      Welcome to the After Effects prerelease program!

      Through this prerelease program, you will help us shape the future of After Effects. Thank you for your participation.

      If you’ve been in our programs before, you know how it works:

      – Please don’t post off topic in the forums.

      – If you think you’ve encountered a bug, please provide detailed reproduction steps so we can make our best effort at understanding the issue. Attaching project files to the bug makes it easier for us to reproduce many problems. Screen captures also help.

      – Be respectful of others, but also know that we value constructive feedback. Tell us what we need to hear, not what we want to hear.

      A reminder that everything in this prerelease program is confidential and may not be shared or discussed with anyone who is outside the program, even if the information is leaked to the media or reports are seen on blogs.

      Getting Started

      Prerelease basics:

      – Subscribe to the Forums to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Under Category Notifications, click the Email option for the forum categories to follow via email.

      – The latest builds for testing are available below.

      – Read the New Feature Notes (NFN) document before installing and testing the builds.

      – To report a bug or submit a feature request, click Feedback at the top of this page.

      – To participate in discussions, click Forums at the top of this page.

      Latest News

      4/14/16 – New build! Download build x92 below. Changes in this build include:

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