Will Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Run With Windows 8?

By Aaron Parson

Windows 8 is backwards-compatible with programs that run on Windows 7.
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Despite Adobe's move to using a subscription service with Adobe Creative Cloud, companies that already have perpetual licenses for an existing version of Creative Suite products can continue using that software. Even though Adobe designed CS5 prior to Windows 8, Premiere Pro CS5 will continue to work on the newer operating system, as long as your computer has a 64-bit processor and version of Windows.

Operating System Compatibility

Adobe's official system requirement information lists only Windows 7 and Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 as compatible with Premiere Pro CS5 and CS5.5. The Desktop mode in Windows 8, however, works very similarly to Windows 7 and supports the same software. Adobe has also specifically tested various older Creative Suite products -- even including Photoshop all the way back to CS3 -- using Windows 8 with the 8.1 update and encountered no major issues.

64-Bit Requirement

Starting with CS5, Adobe Premiere Pro requires a 64-bit version of Windows which in turn requires a 64-bit processor. This limitation does not apply to all Creative Suite 5 products -- only Premiere Pro and After Effects. To check whether you have a 64-bit version of Windows 8, press "Windows-X," click "System" and check the line reading "System type."