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So today I followed another Adobe staff member recommendation and it appears that all my CC apps have now been removed and I will have to spend many hours dowloading them again. What an incredible waste of time.
Yikes. See if this helps instead, for getting any of the CC tools and/or updates without using the Desktop app manager:
Thanks for your reply.
Because I need to use these apps every day I decided to try restoring them from backup (Time Machine OSX 10.7.5) before your message arrived. I did this because (a) there didn't seem to be anything in the CC updater that allowed me to reinstall and (b) reinstalling using the updater takes around 12 hours for each app. I don't have the fastest connection in the world, but it's not the slowest, either. Restoring worked fine, however I don't know if I am using the most recent version or not. I've checked through the app in Help>Updates and the application manager tells me that InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver are up to date. I can only wait until the next update arrives to see if I have to go through a whole new process of errors and having to change folder names etc, etc.
However, Illustrator is being difficult. The application manager tells me that there is a 151mb update available. I downloaded it from the link you provided but when I try to install the update failed, here is the error log message: "Adobe Illustrator CC Update (version 17.1.0). There was an error installing this update. Please quit and try again later. Error Code: U44M1U5".
I am at my wit's end here. It takes a really long time to download/install the apps using the installer and I can't go through the errors with Creative Cloud each time there is an update. Seems like I am going round in circles.