Adobe deletes Lightroom 6 if you update it, but here’s how to bring it back

Oct 26, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Oct 26, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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If you still haven’t switched to Adobe’s subscription plan and still use Lightroom 6, be careful with the updates. The recent reports from users say that Adobe Download Manager has deleted Lightroom 6 from their computer and replaced it with Lightroom CC. You can prevent this by changing some of the settings instead of using the default ones.

If this has already happened to you, don’t panic. You can still get Lightroom 6 back if you don’t want to switch to the subscription software, and Adobe has shared the steps you need to take.

As PetaPixel reports, there have been reports about this problem during the past couple of days. One of the photographers complained about this issue at Photographic Society of New Zealand Facebook page:

“Anybody using Lightroom 6 standalone version beware if the Adobe Download manager indicated that you have updates. I ran the update last night and the update decided to uninstall my Lightroom 6 and install Lightroom CC. If you then try to log into Lightroom it now demands a Subscription or a 7-day trial, thus preventing you from getting your images.”

So basically, Adobe “tricked” the users into at least trying the CC version, but it left them without the standalone software. Adobe has confirmed this issue and wrote a blog post about it on Lightroom Journal today. They admit that they’ve made a mistake, but point out they’ve resolved the problem. They offer the solution to bringing the Lightroom 6 back:

“Now once you click on the “Update” button next to Lightroom Classic CC, you will see under the Advanced Options, the “Remove old versions” is unchecked by default.  As a result, you can try out Lightroom Classic CC for the trial period and still keep Lightroom 6 running in tandem on your desktop.”

If you don’t want your Lightroom 6 to disappear during the CC trial, make sure that “Remove old versions” is unchecked:

As I said, there are users who have already had Lightroom CC replace Lightroom 6 on their computer. If you want to get it back, Adobe offers a solution for it as well:

To prevent unpleasant surprises in the future, make sure to check which settings are stored by default when you update the apps. You can check them on this link.

As Adobe writes, they have made a change to the “Remove old versions” option. From now on, it won’t be checked by default for users upgrading to Lightroom Classic CC. But if you’ve already made the mistake, follow the steps above and you should have your Lightroom 6 back on your computer.

[via PetaPixel]

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15 responses to “Adobe deletes Lightroom 6 if you update it, but here’s how to bring it back”

  1. Gregoire Labadens Avatar
    Gregoire Labadens

    7.0.1 deployment incoming to correct that

  2. Rafeeq Manalody Avatar
    Rafeeq Manalody

    Shaiju Ep

  3. Hert Niks Avatar
    Hert Niks

    IDK I use CC so who cares about old 6?

    1. Nico Kobel Avatar
      Nico Kobel

      money. money cares about the “old” cs 6…

    2. Trenton Tam Avatar
      Trenton Tam

      those who still use the standalone and don’t want to pay $10 a month. What’s stopping Adobe from then charging $20 or $50 a month. It can be just $10 a month for now and maybe they decided that it’s just not bringing in enough revenue so they make it $50 a month

    3. Trenton Tam Avatar
      Trenton Tam

      and then you’re a their mercy

    4. Hert Niks Avatar
      Hert Niks

      Oh.. I had no idea there was a stand alone version still available. Id pay 10 a month (even though it is €12 for me) any time over paying 300 or however much it costs.

    5. Trenton Tam Avatar
      Trenton Tam

      yep and there’s also a LR 6 upgrade version. I had an oem version 5.5 that came with my videocard so I didn’t have to pay the full price for a full version…only the upgraded version

  4. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    I’ve got the stand alone programme…is mine in danger?

    1. Trenton Tam Avatar
      Trenton Tam

      only if you use the Adobe Cloud app to update it

  5. Noah Tahl Avatar
    Noah Tahl

    Nothing to see here. Just go back to your simple lives. Of course Adobe is totally trustworthy and will continue the stand alone version. No reason to start looking at competing products that don’t require a subscription.

  6. DUCK! Avatar
    DUCK!

    This is the package that used to be the industry standard for photography, now rapidly becoming the industry standard for corporate greed.

    Personally, I like Iridient Developer, but there are other more comprehensive packages emerging that might well be calling the shots soon…

  7. Tatsujin Photography & Design Avatar
    Tatsujin Photography & Design

    Yeah… I caught this sneaky ?

  8. Karen Padilla Avatar
    Karen Padilla

    I didn’t realize the update to Lightroom CC was anything other than a regular update. Three hours later all my catalogs were gone and my photos were in some cloud program. i couldn’t process any new photos so I was forced to install Lightroom Classic CC which still didn’t bring my other catalogs in and in trying to import new photos, i had to import the whole damn card. i am not happy right now and last night they had another update. i have no idea what it was because after an hour, I went to bed. Looking for another program.?

    1. Trenton Tam Avatar
      Trenton Tam

      yeah I may be looking at a freeware program that can do similar things like Lightroom since I don’t like paying a monthly subscription service because where does it end?? It could be $10 a month now but what’s stopping them from charging more and you’re at their mercy. You have no say in not paying it other than to look elsewhere