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Windows 7: Is it possible to install Adobe CS4 and CS5 onto same machine?

13 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Is it possible to install Adobe CS4 and CS5 onto same machine?


I have had Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and Adobe After Effects CS4 in the past, but recently upgraded last year both to CS5. I have no problem running AE CS5, but PP CS5 is giving me problems when trying to add transitions. Something about it can't add until I remove some parts of the footage from the A-B roll for I had no handles, which means removing some delicate footage. It will either add at the beginning or the end, but not in between like I need it too. I don't like the new way, so I removed both of them. Really, I had no choice since I had to do a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

What I want to know is, can I install both CS4 and CS5 onto the same machine? I know it want take trying to install onto the same drive, I believe; but can it be done by installing CS5 onto the main master hard drive and the CS4 onto a secondary slave hard drive (or vice versa)?

I just want to compare the two to find out why they are so different. Also, my Red Giant Suites, NewBlue FX and Pixelan SpiceMaster Pro, etc. plug-ins don't show up in PP CS5, but they work fine in PP CS4.

As far as the plug-ins, would they be installed into the Common folder rather than the application plug-ins folder?

Thank you

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13 Apr 2012   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Hello and welcome to the forums arty :

Yes, they should work fine beside eachother. I have all sorts installed: PS CS6 beta, PS CS5, AI CS5 and PP CS4. You'll have a mess of file extensions and programs installed though, but these are easy enough to correct (uninstall bridge CS4, set the associations through control panel etc). I don't know what will happen to the plugins, I don't really use many, but it works fine for me. I don't know how it works, just that it does. Make a restore point prior to the installations, just in case something doesn't go as planned - it'll save you the hassle of doing a clean install again.

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13 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

The plug-in issue should be solvable.

Install the Plug-ins to version specific locations, outside the adobe folder tree, and add this address to the programs individually with the plug-ins manager (additional plug-ins folder)
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13 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Ok, thank you two. I was thinking that you could, but didn't want to run into any problems. I understand where to install the plug-ins, and will add the address to their appropriate plug-ins folder. Since this is my first 64-bit computer, I might have installed both x86 and x64 when I installed the software. I don't know, maybe I added them to the wrong location.

One more question:

Before I go ahead with the installation, what are the benefits of multi-partitioning?

I'm only into a week of this new Windows 7 install, but is it possible to start over from scratch with another clean install and add partitions? If this is a better decision, what would be a good size to create for the partitions and how many would I create? My master drive is 500GB, so it's not like I'm cramped for space. Since I know Premeire Pro uses scratch disks, this may be better. I've never had more than one partition onto my main hard drive, but from reading other sites, this would be the better way to I'll take into consideration this option.

If this is the better solution, is it hard to install the two different suites onto the separate partitions? I suppose that the installer would find the path rather than me look for it.

I've only had one meltdown of an operating system going bad and was able to recover all (or most) of my data using EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional 5.5.1. It was a time consuming effort, but well worth the wait.
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13 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

If it's any help to you I've dual-booted Windows 7 on one of my computers as I specifically wanted to use Adobe CS4 and CS5.

It works well with no conflicts between to two versions of Adobe CS Design Premium.

You say you have a 500 Gb hard drive. Unless you want to do otherwise Windows will create a 100 Mb system reserved partition to hold the boot files and I would suggest in the region of two 150 Gb partitions for your needs.
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13 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

So, would it be better to resize the existing partition on my master hard drive or just do a clean install of Windows 7?

I did a little research and found this tutorial Creating a New Hard Drive Partition using Windows 7

"Windows 7 has a built-in utility to create, resize, or delete hard drive partitions. No third party software utilities are required. You are able to expand or condense partitions after creating them using the inherent function rather than blowing cash on a third party utility that is simply going to perform the actions"
After reading that guideline, I should be able to re-partition my hard drive using the Windows 7 Disk Management tool. I have already defragged the drive and ran the Disk Management tool. Just waiting on input from the community before proceeding.

I've added links rather than image brackets as they are too large:
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14 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Yes, the setup you have will be fine.

However, Window's disk management is restrictive in terms of volume sizes and shrinking the same partition more than once.

If you need more control over the disk size you can use Partition Wizard, as this tutorial explains.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Whatever you do, do not try and create more than four primary volumes on the same drive. If you do that, Windows will convert the drive to a dynamic drive, which is something you don't want to be doing. If you need more than four volumes on the same drive, you can create logical partitions as part of an extended primary partition.

You may find this useful too.

Clean Install Windows 7
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