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Adobe Photoshop CS2 always requires activation for Windows Vista

Problem Description:

Either after you upgrade to Windows Vista, or if you install Adobe Photoshop CS2 on a Windows Vista computer. You are always prompted to reactivate your copy of Adobe Photoshop CS2.

Cause of the Problem:

Adobe's activiation proceedure uses older methods that require administrative priviledges. It appears to do some sort of hardware validation to see if it is installed on a different computer.

However since Windows Vista provides a seperation layer, photoshop is unable to make that verification and assumes you have installed it on a new computer.

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Adobe does not have any patches for Photoshop CS2 to work around the issue, and wants end users to upgrade to the latest copy.

Instead of doing this you can simply right click on your Adobe Photoshop CS2 icon and select properties.

  1. Once open, click on the compatibility tab.
  2. Place a check mark in the "Run this program in compatibility mode"
  3. Select the "Windows XP (Service Pack 2)" option
  4. Go to the Priviledge Level section and place a check box in the "Run this program as an Administrator"
  5. Press ok to confirm your settings.

Now the next time you run Adobe Photoshop CS2 it should work correctly. If it does ask for activation, it should be the last time.

Related Programs and Devices:
Windows Vista , Windows XP , Adobe Photoshop CS2

Last Updated: 01/12/2009 04:24 AM

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