Can I install both CS6 and CC apps on my computer?

totem-creative-cloud-80x80Yes. Its fine to have both versions installed on your computer. A CS6 version can co-exist with a CC version without causing any trouble. Sometimes, you need both versions to be able to work with multiple clients and deliverables.


Your Creative Cloud membership also includes access to CS6 apps. So if you ever need the CS6 version, head over to, sign in, and download a CS6 app. For instructions on how to install CS6 apps see: Install CS6 app with Creative Cloud.



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  1. #1 by Suzanne on October 21, 2013 - 9:20 pm

    Why would one need both versions? What is the difference?

  2. #2 by scott on November 26, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    I’m disappointed that I now have to go through the process of installing a whole new package of applications. I actually like the subscription model and I thought a great advantage of subscribing was that apps would be perpetually and seamlessly updated. Now my computer is littered with 2 more versions of the creative suite (CS6 & CC).

  3. #3 by Vikrant on November 26, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Ideally, you won’t need to keep the previous versions. You can uninstall the previous versions.

    However, you may require the older versions if you’re working with others who might not have upgraded to CC yet. If they send you files, and you need to return them, it may be best that you’re both on the same version.

  4. #4 by Cheryl on December 18, 2013 - 4:17 am

    I’m still unclear what the difference is in the versions. I just purchased the CC, and not sure if I should be using InDesign CS6 or InDesign CC. Can you please explain the difference?

  5. #5 by free pc software on February 3, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    Yes you can download CC Version as they both can cooperate. Distinction between Cs6 and CC, CC is another Version of Adobe product offering.

  6. #6 by Paul on February 19, 2014 - 9:39 pm

    Yeah- it’s VERY VAGUE (VV); what is the difference?
    I’m subscribed to the ubiquitous “CLOUD” and get ALL the programs (that I want.)
    It’s very convenient, and being ‘up-to-date’ with versions is comforting.

    All except for the Application Manager showing same programs I have installed, with a “CC” as yet to be ‘installed’.
    If they’re the SAME – then why the heck have them as being available?

    Doesn’t make sense and it has NOT been explained properly in this thread (by Adobe.)

  7. #7 by Vikrant on February 20, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    The CC versions are the latest and greatest. Have new features and functionality, that is continuously being added. As soon as an update is made, it is delivered via the Creative Cloud app.

    The CS6 versions are not being updated, and don’t receive any new features.

    @Paul, the CC app seems to be misbehaving. (Sorry about that). Could you please check and if that doesn’t help continue the conversation there.

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