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    • All of the old CS5 links here still work, but you first need to carefully follow the important download instructions given in the article above… This is required by Adobe, and the direct links won’t work without them.

      Then if there are any problems, try a different browser (not IE), another computer, or Internet connection – each time following those step-by-step directions.

      Also, make sure you’re not blocking or filtering anything with your browser(s) – like cookies, downloads, or any sites or URLs – or running utilities like Ghostery, AdBlock, or Disconnect. Adobe recommends turning those things off temporarily.

      Finally, if you’re really stuck, we also put together a list of download tips.

  1. I am trying to download Photoshop CS5 extended, but cannot find this on your website. When I click on the file I get an error that I do not have access to your server. I am using Firefox and I have also tried IE 11.0. Neither of these work. I have an active Adobe account but no luck there either. Please help.

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  2. I had an Adobe CS5 Extended program for a Mac OX 10.6.8,that stopped working two weeks ago. I received messages that some of the applications are missing. When I purchased the CS5 Extended program from Adobe back in April 2014, they did not send me a disk or give me an electronic download link. They downloaded the program directly onto my computer and gave me a message box that if I had a problem, click the OK button to automatically fix the problem. I did not receive that question box two weeks ago and I need this program for my business. I do have my program serial number, but it is not listed on my Adobe account.

    If I download your trial version, how much will it cost to purchase the CS5 Extended program after the 30-day trial? Will I own it outright or will I be paying a monthly fee from now on?

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  3. Mary,

    I recently finished reinstalling my CS5 with a download from this site. I ran into an unusual issue, but thanks to the good people here reminding me that google is my friend, I found the odd-seeming suggestion that I locate the install file inside one of the folders inside the contents of the download, and then drag that to an open Terminal window.

    That seemed odd since Terminal is a text command based UI, but I did as suggested and the apps I had removed to save disk space are now installed.

    If you run into any hitches, remember that google can help. :)

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  4. I followed the instructions, but cslive refuses to authenticate, just says “Could not start your Adobe CS Live Subscription at this time, try again later”. PS CS5 runs, and when I installed it asked for that information and my key and appeared to work. Just doesn’t seem to work now, I can use the program, but will it disable itself later if I can’t get it to login properly?

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  5. I’m having the same issues that Jackie was having (in the comments above). I have been trying to download both CS5 and CS6, and neither are working. My security settings are already set to allow downloads from “app store and unidentified developers,” however when I try and do the install on this (CS5) it says “you should eject the disk image” but there is no disk, as my macbook does not have a disc drive at all.

    And when I try to install CS6, the Adobe Installer says that there is a missing file, but I’ve followed the directions meticulously. Is there any way around this?

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  6. I’ve tried following the steps, but all the links now just go to the Creative Cloud install page. :(

    I’m looking to download Photoshop CS5 or 5.5 as a trial. Is there anywhere else that is hosting a legitimate copy still?

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  7. @WP
    Yes, I’m getting the same issue even when I follow the instructions. It’s now 2019 so I’m guessing they blocked it or took it down.

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  8. Hi. I would like to download CS5 but your link “Click «HERE» to visit this page first” takes you to the page “Download Adobe Premiere Elements | 2019, 2018”. How do I know which version to download. Also, I have an iMac (early 2009) and it does not meet the system requirements for Premiere Elements. Is there anything else I could do? Thanks for your help!

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  9. PS: Just a clarification on my previous question: My iMac (early 2009) doesn’t meet the system requirements for Adobe Premiere Elements | 2019, 2018, but it does for Photoshop CS5 and CS6.

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  10. Ok, I read the links you enclosed and, from what I understood, I guess it’s pointless to try and download CS5 since the older releases are no longer available at all, is that right? In any event, Thanks for the reply which was very thorough.

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    • Adobe stopped selling Creative Suite standalone on their website several years ago… The reason is because CS5 is almost 10 years old now (from spring 2010) and unsupported; they stopped releasing updates for it long ago as the newer CC rapidly grew and took over.

      With the CS6 software EOL and end of support, there are no updates, no bug fixes, and no guarantees it will run on the latest or future operating systems. So it’s not really a good or viable option going forward.

      So really the only path forward for Adobe is CC, which are considered better tools anyway, because Creative Cloud subscribers can choose either or both versions.

      With Creative Cloud, all ongoing upgrades, compatibility updates and product additions are always included – so becoming obsolete will never happen. The monthly payments are also more budget-friendly in the new model than in the old CS model – where the software used to cost many hundreds or often thousands of dollars upfront, and never evolved.

      So if you want Photoshop as you said, then the current cost per month for the CC Photography plan should be around $10, with ongoing upgrades included. Compared to the old days (before subscriptions), Photoshop CS used to cost $699-$999 upfront for a static copy.

  11. That link only mentions CC… I do not care about upgrading to CC, I want downloads to CS5, do NOT make me repeat myself about this again.

    I do not care what Adobe says and I find it appalling that they would call legitimate use of software that has already been purchased “unauthorized”. My mom paid a lot of money for this software, we should be allowed to continue using it in perpetuity. I’m pretty sure this is a violation of contract law.

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    • Actually, that article definitely mentions Creative Suite and perpetual CS licenses, which is why we shared it with you… So you might want to read it a little more closely.

  12. Just downloaded CS5 design standard (I have the serial number), but came up with this error when opening:

    “Install” needs to be updated.”
    The developer of this app needs to update it to work with this version of macOS. Contact the developer for more information.

    Currently on Mac Os Catalina

    Any advice please?

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  13. Hey, i downloaded how i am supposed to but whenever i run the setup, it tells me there’s an update pending and then after i ignore it, just initializes the installer but doesn’t actually download anything

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    • What operating system and version are you running? Are you sure that it’s fully updated?

      Please reboot your computer to make sure any pending updates are installed, before proceeding with the CS5 installation.

      Lastly, what is the exact text of the error message, and have you tried googling that? Often that will turn up a solution.

    • What you see above are the direct download links we have. Adobe removed the direct download links to all updates from their servers, but you may still be able to get product updates from within the app by selecting Updates on the Help menu.

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