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CS3 troubleshoot [CS3 IS DEAD]

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Apr 15, 2022 Apr 15, 2022

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I recently bought a new computer (dell Vostro 7510)  

I  installed an old cd version of adobe suite (cs3) with external cd/dvd hardware.

the photoshop and other adobe icons show up in my start menu.  When i click on the photoshop icon, the loading window for photoshop cs3 opens up, but photoshop never actually loads.  The loading circle pops up, but the computer doesnt load up the program.  Can anyone help?

 

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Apr 15, 2022 Apr 15, 2022

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CS3 from 2007 is dead.  The activation servers for it are gone.  Thus it's impossible to activate your old software for use.  Creative Suite is discontinued & unsupported now.   

 

You need new software that's compatible with your new computer.

 

MODERN OPTIONS:
Photoshop Elements (no subscription needed).
https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-elements.html

Creative Cloud Photography Plan (approx $10/month for 12 months). Includes the following:
- Photoshop CC and Photoshop on iPad
- Lightroom on desktop, mobile and the web
- Lightroom Classic
- Portfolio website + hosting
- Spark with premium features
- Bridge
- 20 GB cloud storage (upgradable to 1 TB).
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html

Creative Cloud All Apps (51 + apps & services) or Single App Plans
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/plans.html

 

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Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Two ideas that MAY work to install and/or run old programs in Windows 10 (and MAYBE Windows 11 ?)
-RIGHT click the program icon or EXE and select a compatibility mode in the pop up option window
-and/or select Run as Administrator to assign FULL Windows permissions
-also https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/create-local-administrator-account-windows.html

 

HOWEVER... you won't be able to activate that old program

The CS2-CS3-CS4 activation servers have been removed from service
-https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-suite.html?promoid=19SCDRQK
-So even if you have a disc or saved download, CS2-CS3-CS4 are completely dead
-Adobe also no longer supplies the special non-activation version of CS2-CS3-CS4

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