Sunday, 13 February 2011

Adobe CS3 on Windows 7 64bit

I have just upgraded my desktop machine from Vista 64 bit to Windows 7 64 bit - a long time overdue i hear you say but it is now done.

Anyway, I had a few issues geting Adobe Creative Suite 3 to play nicely under Windows 7 64 bit so i thought i'd post the solution here to save others having to tear their hair out.  The problem is that when you try and open any of the CS3 programs, they either take forever or don't open properly if at all.  I tried the usual 'Run as Administrator' and 'Run in compatability mode for Windows XP SP2' tricks but it made no difference - CS3 still wouldn't play.

Well a bit of digging around found the ever so simple solution.  Forget compatibility mode or 'Run as Administrator'; you don't need those.

What you do need is this file from the Adobe website.  It is a patch for the Adobe Acrobat 8 Licensing Service and once installed, will allow CS3 to run properly.  It says on the Adobe site that it is for Vista only, but it installed just fine and fixed my problem on Windows 7 64 bit.

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