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 by tzzsmk on September 8, 2014 - 12:13 pm

      for ex. Adobe Flash CC doesn’t support ActionScript 2.0 (unlike Flash CS6) so it’s actually useless for more than half users and so they need older version :P

    • #3 by mike on June 3, 2016 - 6:18 am

      can I install Audition 3.0 and CC 2015 on the same pc ?

  2. #4 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).

    • #5 by Cristi on July 10, 2014 - 1:46 pm

      You’re disappointed because you don’t need them. If you open any file and save it with cc 2014 in tho case, you can’t open it again with a lower version. And not all of us have the latest software. And more than that, if you’re using adobe at a pro level and you-re client created the files with CC and wants them back in CC what will you do. I think you should let the ones that really uses this softwares to worry about updates and click once more, even it’s hard to do it, on install )

  3. #6 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. #7 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. #8 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. #9 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. #10 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.

  8. #11 by Judy Bailey on May 15, 2014 - 12:55 am

    I’m confused. Can’t the CC version open an earlier version (created in CS6 or CS5, etc.)? And couldn’t you save back down to an earlier version after editing if that’s the case (.indd)? or maybe the “save down” options are just for the latest CS (CS6) and if the file was created in CS5 or earlier the client/person who sent you the file couldn’t open it? Thanks

  9. #12 by Ann on May 30, 2014 - 8:36 pm

    The community college where i work has a site license for adobe products now. We are installing both cs6 and cc on our classroom macs. When both are installed, opening a file by double clicking on it always opens cc, even if it was created in cs6.

    do you know how to change that? Obviously, i’d like the cs6 files to open in cs6, not cc. and vice versa. i wasn’t able to change it in ‘get info’.



    • #13 by Vikrant on May 30, 2014 - 8:56 pm

      I don’t think it’s possible. Operating Systems use file extensions to find associated programs, and if .psd is associated with Ps CC, then that’ll be used. You can change the default to CS6, but then all files will open in CS6.

      Btw, if you have access to both programs, why don’t you use the latest CC version? It has a ton of new features compared to CS6, and new ones keep being added.

  10. #14 by Small Business Producer on June 23, 2014 - 2:35 am

    I bought the entire CS6 so I wouldn’t have to keep getting nickle-and-dimed. Now, Adobe has figured out a way to hold me hostage. I just can’t enjoy CS6 with free updates, since I paid $3000 for it. No. Now I have to pay a monthly fee IN ADDITION to the $3000. Does anyone else see anything wrong and upsetting about this?

    AND, because of the automatic and unexpected install of CC 2014, I had to move iTunes OFF my (250GB – small) solid state boot drive to free up space! Because I’ve run into backward incompatibility problems before, I’ve kept CS5 onward (CS5.5, CS6). And now, Adobe wants me to act like I never spent thousands of bucks on their former products just so I can have the “convenience” of it all being in the “Cloud” for a rather onerous monthly fee?

    So, Vikrant, while admittedly, CC is a great money-making scheme and service for larger businesses having the money to toss around, those of us who are just barely covering overhead really don’t like this extra monthly expense just to continue being competitive with great professional products (that’s why we went with Adobe to begin with). We are tired of being held hostage with this monthly charge otherwise we lose the software… ugh.

    A very disgruntled Managing Director

    • #15 by R. Brown on February 3, 2015 - 7:42 am

      I agree. After spending thousands of dollars on a product then paying a monthly subscription fee, the least Adobe could do is let us keep our updated CS6 after cancelling our subscription.

    • #16 by Ian Johnson on July 16, 2015 - 7:06 pm

      I agree also Small Business Producer.
      I dont even want or need Creative Cloud. I am happy with CS6 and am sure ti will do for some time to come. Yet somehow this Cloud has invaded the Adobe applications now demanding a fee to continue. Now it sounds like everything will have to be removed and re-loaded but with no certainty that this virus is goes with the removal. I completely understand that Creative Cloud (CC) would be useful for some but it has no value at all in my situation. I can find no simple way of removing it. Above it suggests that you can run both…yet I have never registered CC if I had then maybe it could sit there doing nothing while I use what I pay for but that doesnt seem possible if you cannot log on.

      IF (and it is IF because I cannot really believe any corporation would behave this way with its loyal users) in the context of the energy put in to selling CC there is not one obviously available Instruction on how to rid your machine of it without affecting your pre-existing software how is that any better than theft?

  11. #17 by ron proulx on June 26, 2014 - 1:07 am

    why do i now have “photoshop CC” and “photoshop CC (2014) on my HD? same with all the other apps i’m using, dreamweaver, illustrator, indesign. can i delete one or the other of each?

  12. #18 by Damion on August 27, 2014 - 8:29 am

    I still don’t know why I need, or anyone would need CC anything? What am I missing?
    I have CS6, can I avoid using CC all together?

    • #19 by Ian Johnson on July 16, 2015 - 7:11 pm

      Definitely in your situation DO NOT INSTALL CC. Be more vigilant than I when Adobe offers an application for installation. Once in there seems to be no obvious way out.

      When you know there is an advantage then, naturally, go with it.

  13. #20 by Kumar on September 26, 2014 - 12:41 pm

    Hi, What will be the license terms, in my case? I had CS5.5 and upgraded to CS6 and installed the CS6 in a machine, now my client sent a file in CS5.5, can I install my older CS 5.5 with upgraded CS6 in same machine? What is the license compliance in this situation, is Adobe consider two separate installations or single installation (one license)? Please update me on licensing terms.

  14. #21 by Asad on February 10, 2015 - 9:01 pm

    life savor, just gonna try installing the cc

  15. #22 by joeynobody on March 5, 2015 - 11:53 pm

    I have both versions of InDesign cc and cs6 on my windows 7 pc. when I double click my old cs6 files it launches cc and I can’t ‘Choose default program…’ to tell the machine not to launch cc. I’ve even pasted the path to cs6 into the ‘Open with’ dialog but to no avail. Pretty irritating that I can’t choose which app I want to use. Adobe’s little software install has taken over my machine and left me with no choice as to what version of the app I want to use. BTW every other app in the CC suite has not been a problem only InDesign. I can drag documents into the any app I want but the double click always goes to CC… lame.

    • #23 by BW on March 31, 2015 - 1:45 am

      this is not Adobe’s fault, but a function of the computer’s system. It assumes you will always want to use the latest version of installed software. I suggest you put a shortcut for CS6 on your desktop or start menu, and get used to using it.

      Due to the way I installed – and un-installed – various versions of the creative suites, I cant get my similar PC to open the relevant CC apps when I want them. Probably also at least partly a system issue.

  16. #24 by haly on March 15, 2015 - 1:21 am

    hi, I create the rich media in flash cc and i need to publish it flash cs6. but it is not working as well as cc version in cs6.
    and i think it corrupt my file, do you know whats the problem with creating rich media in flash cc and publishing in flash cs6?


  17. #25 by maryg_aard on June 19, 2015 - 1:16 am

    The reason this is all so unclear is that Adobe wants it to be unclear. My guess is that the Creative Suite InDesign 6 is essentially the same as InDesign CC 2015 but they have other reasons for steering us to something “newer.” If anyone at Adobe reads this, please answer this: I and many of us need to know whether, if a client works in InDesign 6 and we have CC 2015, do we have to save to .idml files for them, or can they read our files? Just InDesign, not anything else. I am not in a position to tell a client to upgrade when they don’t want to.

    • #26 by Vikrant on July 1, 2015 - 10:49 am

      The 2015 versions of the Creative Cloud apps are different from the CS6 versions. Different as in new features, improved performance, and lots more. There have been aleast 3 major releases since CS6, and numerous feature updates have been added since CS6. To quickly catch up on what’s new, see:
      – 2015 :
      – 2014:
      – 2014/Jan :

      If you have a client on InDesign CS6, you’ll need to downsave (using IDML). Needless to say, if you used any features that were introduced after CS6, your client won’t be able to use those properly. Your Creative Cloud membership includes access to CS6 apps as well.

      It ultimately depends on what your client wants. For example, if they just need to see the files, or send them to a printer etc, CC 2015 works just fine. You can use PDFs. Also clients can view files in the browser( File uplaoded to Creative Cloud OR the new Publish Online feature)

      If they need to be able to edit the file, then downsaving is required. If this particular client needs access to source files, I’d suggest that you use CS6 for their projects. For the rest of your clients, use the latest CC 2015 versions, and use all the new features and productivity enhancements.

      Hope this helps.

  18. #27 by hemensitemolsun on July 27, 2015 - 6:49 pm

    life savor, just gonna try installing the cc

  19. #28 by pyo on November 18, 2015 - 3:47 pm

    I’ve been using CS6 package and I used trial CC version for 30 days.
    and then I asked to our company division that I need to reinstall CS6 again.

    and they deleted all things completely and tried to reinstall the CS6.
    but they couldn’t.

    they said CC is more higher version than CS6.. so that’s why CS6 failed to initialization.
    is it right???

    Is there any tip that can install CS6 again??
    or do i need to reinstall OS and reinstall CS6 again???
    Plz help me….@_@

  20. #32 by pyo on November 18, 2015 - 4:03 pm

    yep they already did it by using Cleaner tool.. but still can see the alert that can not initialization when it set-up about CS6

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