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Sep 19, 2022 11:58:03   #
Indiana Loc: Huntington, Indiana
 
Well, I am operating my Lightroom 6.12 on my trusty Windows 7 system...but I need to upgrade. My concern is for the upgrade not to create problems for LR, or for that matter, other older programs. So, any advise on what to get or what not to get. Thanks

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Sep 19, 2022 12:54:07   #
R.G. Loc: Scotland
 
I have run Lr 6.14 on W10 and am currently running it on W11 with no problems. It will help if you have sufficient RAM (16GB min).

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Sep 19, 2022 14:19:12   #
Just Fred Loc: Darwin's Waiting Room
 
I'm more surprised that your Lightroom is still running under Windows 7, which hasn't been supported for seven years now (unless you bought extended support). What you'll need to determine is if your computer is capable of being upgraded or not. Unless you're thinking of replacing it with newer hardware. It's just a fact of life that computer software and hardware continue to "evolve" (I'm purposely avoiding using the term "improve"). Sometimes they leapfrog each other, but they always seem to reach an equilibrium. Until they don't.

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Sep 19, 2022 17:53:08   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
If your LR software reports v6.12 rather than v6.14, this indicates you already have a problem. The software's final update was to v6.14, something you're missing, and a possible indicator you don't have the proper software installation files needed to re-install (recover) the software on a new computer / upgraded Windows computer. You should resolve this issue before moving forward, if you want to maintain LR v6 rather than moving to the subscription model.

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Sep 19, 2022 18:01:45   #
BebuLamar
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
If your LR software reports v6.12 rather than v6.14, this indicates you already have a problem. The software's final update was to v6.14, something you're missing, and a possible indicator you don't have the proper software installation files needed to re-install (recover) the software on a new computer / upgraded Windows computer. You should resolve this issue before moving forward, if you want to maintain LR v6 rather than moving to the subscription model.


If he has to reinstall pretty much it won't work because I don't think you can activate such an old software any more. However, you could upgrade the OS from Win7 to Win10 (I don't know about Win11) and keep the apps intact. Still I am not sure if it works.

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Sep 19, 2022 18:09:22   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
BebuLamar wrote:
If he has to reinstall pretty much it won't work because I don't think you can activate such an old software any more. However, you could upgrade the OS from Win7 to Win10 (I don't know about Win11) and keep the apps intact. Still I am not sure if it works.


You can activate the software by having the serial number in your Adobe profile as historically purchased software and having a 'simple' password for your email address. I mean simple as an 8-character password as the ancient LR6 software doesn't seem to pass a longer value to the 2022 Adobe.com site. I'm not going to uninstall my LR6 software to confirm the specifics, but you could install and activate LR6 software as recently as April 2021 when I needed to recover my Win10 OS on my Dell laptop, rebuilding / reinstalling all my application software just a few months ago.

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Sep 19, 2022 21:51:45   #
Indiana Loc: Huntington, Indiana
 
LR is 6.14 rather than the 6.12 I reported...or as the young people say "I bad"

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Sep 19, 2022 21:57:21   #
Indiana Loc: Huntington, Indiana
 
Thanks to all who responded...this helps. I will get assurances from my local computer repair/upgrade store that all will be well with an upgrade to W10 that is reported to works with my LR6.14, or a higher upgrade if assurances are there. Thanks again for your help. John

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Sep 19, 2022 21:57:48   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Indiana wrote:
LR is 6.14 rather than the 6.12 I reported...or as the young people say "I bad"


That's a positive development. Now, do you have the install file that got you to v6.14?

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Sep 19, 2022 23:39:23   #
bsprague Loc: Lacey, WA, USA
 
It is probably dumb of me to suggest it, but with so much added to Lightroom since 6.14, you should consider a gift to yourself.

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Sep 20, 2022 03:10:43   #
Laramie Loc: Tempe
 
I'm pretty sure it's too late to "upgrade" from Win7 to Winanything, which implies a clean install followed by installing everything you use now.

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Sep 20, 2022 08:24:21   #
AzPicLady Loc: Behind the camera!
 
I recently updated my Win 8 to 10 and reinstalled my LR 6.14. It was seamless (except that Adobe says I have it on too many machines!)

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Sep 20, 2022 08:26:53   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
AzPicLady wrote:
I recently updated my Win 8 to 10 and reinstalled my LR 6.14. It was seamless (except that Adobe says I have it on too many machines!)


A technical support chat via Adobe.com can easily resolve that issue.

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Sep 20, 2022 08:54:44   #
fetzler Loc: North West PA
 
Indiana wrote:
Well, I am operating my Lightroom 6.12 on my trusty Windows 7 system...but I need to upgrade. My concern is for the upgrade not to create problems for LR, or for that matter, other older programs. So, any advise on what to get or what not to get. Thanks


Generally, speaking Windows is very good with backward compatibility. I have a few 20 year old programs running on Windows 10 and 11. Compatibility mode is helpful if necessary.

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Sep 20, 2022 10:54:12   #
Opsafari Loc: Roodepoort South Africa
 
I was in the same boat, using PS and not Lightroom. Was running Win7 Pro and when I upgraded to Win10 I had the world of problems! My desktop was old, yes, top of the range Win7 but I had to get a new motherboard and new chip, for the C drive I went SSD. Basic a new machine excluding the power source and other disk drives. Still using my laptops for field work, one is WinXP because I have to use the firewire port on it for sound recording, and a smaller laptop with Win7Pro to down load my images from my camera in the field. As a pensioner, money is tight and our currency is not great against the US$ (US$ more or less 4x our currency) Old timers got it tough!

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