Will Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Run With Windows 8?
By Aaron Parson
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.
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."
Aaron Parson has been writing about electronics, software and games since 2006, contributing to several technology websites and working with NewsHour Productions. Parson holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.