Revert Back to Lightroom 6.1.1 / CC 2015.1.1

Over the last few days there have been many posts (like this one by my friend Brian Matiash) discussing why you should not upgrade to the new version of Lightroom (6.2 or CC 2015.2). Here’s a quick overview why not:

  1. Bugs (lots of them)
  2. A new, dumbed down, Import Screen
  3. Crashing
  4. Weird color stuff going on

The last one was something I experienced. I’d open a photo, for a second it would flash nice and bright and beautiful, and a second later I would see it ‘snap’ into something else, often very washed out, dull, or just lacking color and contrast and detail. I couldn’t fix it, no matter what I did in processing. I imagine it’s a Color Profile issue, even though I’m editing in Adobe RGB (which most monitors should handle).

Anyways, I decided it was best to return to an older version of Lightroom, one that I knew worked: 6.1.1 or CC 2015.1.1. If you’re like me, here’s how you can do it (they’ll work for either the Standalone Lightroom 6 or Lightroom CC 2015):
For those users who missed my suggestion yesterday to not update to Lightroom 6.2 / CC 2015.2 or who decided to risk it, and  have been experiencing crashes, here are my suggestions:

  1. Uninstall Lightroom 6.2.
    • On a Windows computer, you can use “Add/Remove Programs”.
    • On a Mac, go to Applications -> Adobe Lightroom, and run the Uninstall file.
  2. Download Lightroom 6.0 from Adobe.
    • First grab the the “Lightroom_6_LS_11 file” from the “Application Installers” section.
    • Install Lightroom 6 by running the file you just downloaded.
    • If it requires your Adobe ID, sign-in.
    • If prompted when the installation is complete, choose “Close” instead of “Open Now”.
  3. Download and install the Lightroom 6.1.1 patch:
    • It’s under the “Updates” section on the link above, or go directly there (Windows or Mac).
    • Run the “setup.exe” (Windows) or “setup.dmg” (Mac) files to update to LR 6.1.1
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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.