Some people say that it isn't necessary to uninstall a standalone installation of Lightroom and then install from the CC application manager. But I did. That way, the application manager is keeping track of Lightroom as well as Photoshop, and advising me when updates are available. The uninstall/reinstall had no impact whatsoever on my work. After I installed from the application manager there was a new Lightroom icon on my desktop. I double-clicked the icon, and it opened the same catalog I had been using and I was able to continue with my work right where I had left off. If you haven't installed Lightroom from the creative cloud application manager then it will be shown as not installed. The standalone installation is licensed differently, and is not managed by the CC application manager.
did you just install from the CC app menu, and it found and deleted the old, non CC menu, or
did you use the Adobe LR install/uninstall app from the downloaded install? i see there is a checkbox option to keep preferences.
good to know that you switched successfully.
Since Adobe migrated LR to a "real" CC application, it would have been nice to receive some official instructions from Adobe
for the current users. but oh well.
I use Windows. I went through the standard Windows uninstall process from the Control Panel, and did a standard uninstall. Then I installed from the CC application manager. The new installation utilized all my previous settings and my catalog that I had been using. I didn't see any change in the program or its operation. And all the work I had performed previously was still in place.
Frederick, Creative Cloud is showing Lightroom 5 available to "Install" because there is a newer version that LR 5.7, the latest version is LR 5.7.1.
You need to click on the install button and proceed to update to the latest version.
well, the LR 5 icon was in the "find new apps" lower section of the menu. if it were installed and available for just an update,
then it would have been at the top section of the menu with the icon " update available", I think. but you are correct the new installed version
is 5.7.1 , which I guess was a new app for me. Previously, I launched LR and under the help menu, I checked for updates and it said none available,
the the CC menu is now the real Lightroom. I did also notice the application name Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 and not "Adobe Lightroom CC" as the other CC apps are named.
oh, also I did not uninstall the old version of 5.7. I just installed the new one from the CC menu and everything is working just fine as version 5.7.1
thanks for all the replies
The name of the Lightroom program is simply another factor in the confusion over Lightroom. There is no Lightroom CC. Lightroom is marketed through the creative cloud along with Photoshop and other Adobe applications, but it still has the same program name. Lightroom from the creative cloud is Lightroom 5 right now. Presumably, Lightroom 6 release is imminent.
Updates will replace and overwrite an earlier version when you run the install package.
When you upgrade from one version e.g. LR 4 to LR 5 it will not overwrite the earlier version.
I believe Adobe Lightroom team is concentrating on launching the new version LR 6 so some of the glitches in the present version are not being attended to.
The CC Desktop app is a little "eccentric" about what it thinks is installed and not installed.
It appears to not scan the hard drive nor check available registry/configuration data.
Sometimes restarting the CC Desktop app "fixes" the problem, but often not.
Installing LR from the CC Desktop app seems to be the only way to get CC Desktop to think it is installed.
I manually installed a LR update by hand and CC Desktop stopped seeing LR as installed.
I used CC Desktop to install the 5.7.1 update and LR was seen as installed again.
I don't quite understand why you would expect to be able to do a manual install and have the CC application manager recognize it. The program is exactly the same, but the two versions are licensed completely differently.
The licensing info is stored locally, thus is available to the CC Desktop app.
Plus, the CC licensed version can be manually installed.