Adobe Creative Suite 2 and Windows 7 (64bit)

Ever since the Windows 7 RC came out I’ve been testing it at work, and to my great surprise most of the software I run on a daily basis just works. Netbeans, Tortoise, WAMP, they all work as expected. I had not, however, even dared to try Adobe Creative Suite 2 as I’ve heard people complaining about lousy compatibility even under Vista. It all changed today!

I’ve spent the last month with Photoshop/Illustrator only available on my tiny Macbook Air, and I grew tired of it eventually. Since I felt really lucky today I decided to go be an idiot and try to get CS2 up and running in Windows 7 :-)

During the setup my first problem occured – invalid path name. I’m running Windows 7 64bit and it automatically puts 32bit applications in the Programfiles (x86) folder. The CS2 setup wasn’t too happy about it so I changed it to the regular path, C:\Programfiles. CS2 installed as expected – awesome I thought!

I expected Photoshop to keep nagging me about registration over and over again until I ran it as administrator, similar to the problem under Vista. But nay, Photoshop gave me a short error about “user name, organization, or serial number is missing or invalid” meaning it had to terminate without me painting a single pixel. After some research I found that this was a problem that would occur under 64bit versions of Windows XP as well – and the solution for Windows XP 64bit users worked for me!

According to Adobe, you have to get your Creative Suite installation into that x86 directory, and here’s how to do it:

Uninstall Creative Suite completely, when installing again use C:\Progra~2\Adobe as your installation path instead of the one suggested. If your “Next” button is disabled after pasting it, try clicking “Browse” then “Cancel” and it should be reenabled.

I’d also like to point out that I ran my setup as Administrator (browsed to the DVD drive then right clicked setup.exe and chose (“Run as Administrator”) the second time just to be sure.

It worked out quite well actually, hooray!

118 thoughts on “Adobe Creative Suite 2 and Windows 7 (64bit)”

  1. Awesome! – so far so good – I really appreciate this info which worked once I found the”~” on my keyboard ha-ha! Adobe should be ashamed – they are uninterested in “domestic” users like myself who can only afford a CS once every 3 years or so – at my reckoning the amount I have used the software equates to around $20 per hour – so YES, I did need to get it running in Win7 64bit. THANKS SO MUCH!

  2. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I would like to pay the part and you who did not need to buy CS4 and did not need to pay money to fucking Adobe.

    I am sorry. Since I am a Japanese, I cannot speak English.
    本当に有難う!!!!!

  3. Hi,

    This is a wild shot, but nobody seems to be able to help me, and I’m desperate, so now I’ll try you.

    For 18 months I’ve been using Adobe Creative Suite 2 together with Windows 7/64 bit, and it works perfectly, thanks to you! (Thank you so very much!)
    Recently I’ve invested in a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, but unfortuantely Photoshops raw converter cannot read the raw-files, so I’ve tried to download and install Adobes Camera Raw 3.7, wich I’ve been told will work fine with my camera.

    On http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3587 I’m told to place the plug-in here:
    Program Files/Common Files/Adobe/Plug-Ins/CS2/File Formats

    However this doesn’t exist on my computer, so I’ve tried 20 other locations – for instance:
    … (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS2/Plug-ins/File Formats

    But nothing works!

    Have you got any idea, where to place the Camera Raw plug-in?

  4. i have read with interstes all of the mistakes i made trying to install CS2 on to my new windows 7 machine (lenovo)., the funny thing is that 6 months before it did it without a hitch on my lapotop m9also lenovo). anyway, i made the usual mistake of trying to install it to an “Adobe” folder. the problem was and is the damn thing wont uninstall. i used Revo Unistaller which seemed to remove some items and i mannually delted all fo the files and folder i can find. when i now try to re-install CS2 withthe fixes outlined, the disks/septup still says i have CS2 components installed outside the suite and whty wpnt let me install anything. do i hve to go int the registry? not something i am happy about. is ther a cleaner for CS2 out there? the only one i found was for CS3 and above

  5. Here’s another suggestion to solve the problem if you don’t want to install CS2 to the directory provided above. I have a very small 100GB main hard drive (SSD) and space is a premium, so I have 500GB drive in the drive bay where I want to install memory hog programs like CS2. So, I installed the software to my E:/Adobe directory. When CS2 wanted to “Activate” the program it wants to find Photoshop in the directory above. You only need the license files there once to activate. Once you Activate you don’t need them anymore in that directory. So, install to the drive/path you want. Copy the entire Photoshop Folder to C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\
    Then run the activation. Worked perfect. Then delete the Photoshop director from this directory and you’re good to go. Once you activate Photoshop, all of the other apps automatically activate as well.

  6. Greetings! I just wanted to thank you for saving the day.

    Your article still has a lasting impact even in 2012!

  7. Merci beaucoup !!!
    Pour ceux qui ne comprennent pas l’anglais, il suffit de remplacer le chemin du dossier d’installation proposé par :
    C:/Program~2/Adobe

    Et tout est impecc’ !
    Merci !

  8. Thank you for this tip. My old hard drive with Windows XP finally gave up last month, so a new onw with Windows 7 was required. Had no trouble loading CS2 onto it with your advice.

    The only issue I have is it won’t get the CS2 updates from the web, as adobeupdater.exe doesn’t seem to work. Anyone get this to work? It’s more a nice to have than essential, to be fair.

  9. Tack….har slitit och svurit nu när jag bytte dator…..tack vare ditt tips fungerade det :-) :-) TACK

  10. Thank you SO much for posting this! Worked on our new HP Windows 7 system, using your file name, without even a blip! God bless you for your time.

  11. Je bent geweldig!!
    Onze Adobe Creative Suite 2 werkt nu wel onder Windows 8.
    64 bit versie.

    Thanks a lot, our Adobe Creative Suite 2 works now fine under Windows 8 64 bit version.

  12. I had to rebuild my Win 7 pc, and Adobe no longer has an authentication method for CS2. The information on this page was invaluable for the re-install – could not have done it without this info.

    Adobe – your endless greed sucks beyond belief, but the community is great.

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