Upgrading Lightroom 4 to Lightroom 5

This is a very quick guide to upgrade your Lightroom 4 to Lightroom 5, if you’re considering moving up to the latest and greatest version of Lightroom.  If you are afraid about upgrading, this guide or steps might help you to go through the process. Watch the video below and learn how to install lightroom:

Step 1. Back up and save all your existing catalogs

Before you upgrade, it is always a good idea to make a complete backup process of the entire system before undertaking any major software change.

Along with making a reliable backup, I need you to take this opportunity to save all your metadata down to the file level too before upgrading.  In case that there is a disaster, and all of your data has been saved down, then recovery is easy. But if your current metadata has not been saved down to the file level and disaster strikes, then life gets miserable.

LR21Step 2. Download and Install Lightroom 5 Application

Download the Lightroom 5 Upgrade installer package, and after downloading, it’s time to allow the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 installer. During the installing process, you must agree the legalese of the Adobe’s End User Licensing Agreement, and you may need to give the installer permission to add new information to your hard drive. If the installer ask for guidance be sure that you install the Lightroom 5 application onto your internal hard drive.

Step 3. Upgrade your old version Lightroom to the new version Lightroom 5

Once your new software has been successfully installed, you see the Lightroom 5 icon on your desktop. You must ignore the icon for now because clicking it does not guarantee that the right Catalog gets upgraded. I toughly suggest tracking down your Lightroom Catalog at the operating system level and using the right click > open with> adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 method instead.

Your Lightroom 5 will begin working on a copy of your existing Lightroom Catalog once you cite the upgrade process.  If you’re using the right click trick on your existing Catalog, then the program will convert a copy for use with the new Lightroom 5 Catalog format. And if you’ll going to skip this step, then you might upgrade the wrong Catalog or worse scenario might end up creating a blank Lightroom 5 database. Once the Catalog upgrade process is complete you can go back and manually delete your older Lightroom.

Step 4.  Make sure that all images are visible and available

Write down the total number of photographs in your upgraded catalog, then close LR5 and open LR4. You must look the total number of images in LR4 and make sure the numbers are match. Open again the LR5 and then go through some random images and open up 100% views to make sure that the images are all there.

Step 5. Back up everything again

If the upgrade process worked properly then you should have all of your old information plus the exciting new tools that Lightroom 5 brings to the game. Take this opportunity to make another complete system backup at this point so that they are ready if disaster strikes.

It generally takes about an hour to move from an older version up to the latest version. And the new tools that Lightroom 5 offers are totally worth effort.