Should I uninstall my old product after upgrading?

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PSE9 is incredibly slow and misbehaves in various ways after updating from PSE6.Should I now uninstall PSE6?
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Chris Edmunds

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Brett N, Official Rep

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This is the perennial question: After upgrading, should I remove the old version?

Answer?: There isn't one, it's a personal choice. The only real advantage to removal is you free up some hard drive space. The different versions of Adobe software (with a few exceptions, notably Acrobat) do not step on each others toes. I have at least 3 versions of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Lightroom installed at once. Uninstalling a previous version will rarely have any positive effects on the new version.

I must add this caveat, though, as PSE6 for Mac is a special case. There is a bug in the uninstaller that causes it to remove an extra folder. This particular folder is a shared resource for all versions of Elements. All other versions leave this folder alone if there is another version of Elements present. So I warn you, if you uninstall PSE6, you will have to reinstall PSE9. More info is here: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/893/cpsid_89...
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Chris Edmunds

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many thanks. I'll leave it alone
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Rodney Ruffin

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Does deleting old versions that have been upgraded harm the more recent versions of Photoshop? This question goes for Lightroom also.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can I delete the old PS programs that I do not use since I have upgraded over the years?.