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I have recently purchased Photoshop CS6 for my girlfriend, but when we tried installing it I got a message that it requires Mac OS X 10.6.0 or higher. She has 10.5.8 on her computer and when I look for updates it doesn't find any.

I found out that I would need to purchase Mac OS X 10.6.0 to get that version which neither me nor my girlfriend have the money for.

I was wondering if there was a way to trick Photoshop to think that the Mac is 10.6.0 or update to 10.6.0 version for free – or any other way to get Photoshop working on her computer.

I don't even know if I can return the Photoshop software I bought.

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The Snow Leopard update is $29, so if you bought Photoshop CS6 for a couple of hundred dollars, that shouldn't be the problem, right? –  slhck May 23 '12 at 7:26
just because i could afford to buy photoshop as a gift doesnt mean i have any money left. Im unemployed –  Xitcod13 May 23 '12 at 20:07

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there is a way first u need utorrent or another torrent downloader. then got to a torrent site, eg. the pirate bay, and search for mac os x 10.6 or snow leopard.

there is a few videos on YouTube about this i advise you to have a look at these

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I suggest you return it or upgrade.

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I don't know if this is every country or not, but in Canada and the USA, retailers are not allowed to return opened software for fear of possible piracy. Having said that, I know that Adobe itself sometimes accept returns, but it's a long process –  Canadian Luke May 23 '12 at 7:16
Then buyer beware - I'm pretty sure the requirements will be on the side of the box and readable before the cellophane was removed. –  EightBitTony May 23 '12 at 8:14

I'm having the same problem, but won't be upgrading my OSX since I'm buying a new Macbook Pro when the 2012 update happens in a few weeks anyway. So it'd be a waste of money.

What's annoyed about it is that I was only trying to download the trail to see what CS6 was like before I purchased the Creative Cloud with my new Macbook. Now after deleting CS5 I have to wait several weeks before I can use Photoshop at all.

Unfortunately this is the way of software. In order to keep pushing the boundaries of what's possible on computers companies like Adobe have to take advantage of both hardware and OS improvements, which inevitably locks out users of older computers and OS's using new software. It's the bad side of technological evolution.

The only thing I can suggest to you is that you keep your copy of Photoshop you've brought and wait until you can afford to purchase Snow Leopard. Photoshop is industry standard software so you won't be disappointed when you do finally get to use it. There is no other way.

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