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"Duplicate" installed programs?
« on: September 13, 2013, 10:45:51 AM »
That may not be the right description/title for this but it's all I could come up with. :) I'm at a bit of a loose end at the moment recovering from a 'Trapeziomectomy' operation to the right thumb done on the 28th August - left one to be done next at some point. So... being at this 'loose end' (frustrated with not being able to use the right hand yet :() I've decided to go through stuff on the computer.

After upgrading to LR 5 I find that I still have a shortcut on the desktop to LR 4.4 as well as CS 5. Also noticed that I have other programs listed in the Programs list that I upgraded from; PS7 to CS3 to CS6 for example! All are still accessible as standalone programs!

I was always under the impression that an "upgrade" would overwrite the existing program information and therefore remove the older one. It would seem that isn't the case these days :? None of the upgrades have indicated the 'older' program should be uninstalled before - or even after - doing the "upgrade".

I now don't know if I should remove these older versions? Are the newer versions relying on the older ones being there? Will the new ones not work if the old ones are removed?

Anyone able to shine a light on this for me? Please :) I'm thinking they are using disk space that may not be needed by them and could be used for other things...
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Re: "Duplicate" installed programs?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 12:22:12 PM »
Frank,

Generally speaking an 'upgrade' will install the latest version onto the system, often overwriting existing files with newer versions that the newer software requires. In some cases an upgrade can leave files within the system directory and/or the program files directory that the newer version of the software no longer requires.

Adobe products normally remove all bar system/user preferences which get transferred or migrated into the newer software.

If you right click on the desktop icons and select properties, then once the window loads click open file location it will direct you to the launch directory of the application.

If you want to uninstall previously installed software, the easiest was in via the Control Panel and Add Remove Programs or Programs if your running Windows 7/8.

(Sorry if you knew all this anyhow)

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Re: "Duplicate" installed programs?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2013, 11:05:45 AM »
Thanks for the response Dave. I hadn't thought about following the desktop icon to location via the properties menu! Did so and each opens a different end destination in the Adobe folder. 4.4 shows as 1.89Gb and 5 as 3.91Gb. I'll check via the parent folder for Adobe.

That now leads me to believe that I can (should?) remove the 4.4 version via the, as you mention, the Control Panel route to free up disk space. Also Bridge CS3.

It also makes me think that were I had v4 and had the 'automatic' updates to 4.4 via the internet from Adobe, the v5 disk is not an 'upgrade' disk but a full program! Wondering if the 'due any time soon' - 17th September? - LR 5.2 will be a download update to LR 5... soon find out :)
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