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Error When Trying to Install CS4 to Windows 11 [CS4 IS DEAD]

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Aug 28, 2023 Aug 28, 2023

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I have an HP Z2 SFF G5 desktop running Windows 11 and I have no issues installing and using CS4. I also have an HP ProBook 440 G9 laptop with Windows 11 and I get the following error: "The installer database is corrupt. Please contact Adobe Customer Service."

 

I understand that CS4 is a very old program but is there anything that I can try to get it to work on the laptop? I'm assuming that there is something about the laptop's hardware that the program doesn't like. Thank you in advance for the help.

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Community Expert , Aug 28, 2023 Aug 28, 2023

Nope.  Toss your installation disks in the recycle bin and move on.  CS4 is officially dead. 

 

The activation servers are gone.  Even if you manage to get the 15 year old installers to work on Windows 11, you can't activate the software beyond its 30 day trial.  When the trial ends, so does your access to CS4.  Sorry.

 

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Photoshop Elements or Premiere Elements (approx $100, no subscription needed).
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Nope.  Toss your installation disks in the recycle bin and move on.  CS4 is officially dead. 

 

The activation servers are gone.  Even if you manage to get the 15 year old installers to work on Windows 11, you can't activate the software beyond its 30 day trial.  When the trial ends, so does your access to CS4.  Sorry.

 

MODERN OPTIONS:
Photoshop Elements or Premiere Elements (approx $100, no subscription needed).
https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-elements.html

Creative Cloud Photography Plan (approx $10/month for 12 months). Includes the following:

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

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if you make enough of an effort you can get 30 days usage, nothing more without major effort.

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