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New Here ,
Jan 18, 2020 Jan 18, 2020

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I just installed a new PC that runs Windows 10. My old computer also used 10. My photoshop 6 ran fine on my old computer and I reloaded my Photoshop 6 disc to the new computer without problem. However, it will not run. I tried to run it as administrator as suggested, but it still won't run.

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New Here ,
Jan 24, 2021 Jan 24, 2021

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LOLs... I updated my hardware and installed the latest Win 10.  Now my old Photoshop 6.0 from about 1998 won't load.  Same error as others previously stated.  I use PS about 3 times a year, so I'm not interested in buying it again, or paying for a subscription.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 24, 2021 Jan 24, 2021

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Suggest you consider spending money, or get hold of an old computer - perhaps from someone's loft. I assume you read all the responses already and tried the things that worked for some people. 

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New Here ,
Jan 24, 2021 Jan 24, 2021

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Yep.  I have an old laptop I use occasionally.  I'll install PS 6.0 and use it there, with a USB mouse for better control .  It will serve my needs adequatelty. Not real convenient, but adequately. 

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New Here ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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Although I did break down and got a subscription for the new Photoshop, and am enjoying the 20-year upgrade in technology (some of this stuff is magic), Photoshop 6 can be made to work on Windows 10 by using compatibility mode.  The only functionality that appears to be lost is the ability to drag and drop photos into the program.  I found you have to use the File, Open function to get them in, or copy and paste onto a new (Ctrl+N) file.

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New Here ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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Thanks for the reply. I tried opening with right-click compatibility mode,
no success. I also tried applying the Windows 10 "Compatibility"
troubleshooting method. Still didn't work.

All I use PS 6 for is light photo editing. It's WAY more powerful than
anything I do.

Not interested in an upgrade of any kind.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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In that case, use Gimp.  It's free.

Or use something other than outdated PS6 which is not supported by any modern operating systems.

 

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

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LEGEND ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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How well is your model T ford running on unleaded gas and pot hole filled roads system? Have you complained to Henry he is dead also.

JJMack

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New Here ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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I know what you are saying, and if I didn't want to do a few more "advanced" things with my photo editing, I would have stuck with Photoshop 6, so I would ignore those trying to get you to upgrade too.

 

You might have tried this, but just in case..... I found the best case compatibility mode that works is Windows 98/Windows ME.  Nothing later, XP, 7, 8, etc., worked.

 

Best of luck!

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LEGEND ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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There is a lot of other free and low cost software that can  do what a casual user of Photoshop 6 do with Photoshop.  They do not need to upgrade.  With all the bugs that Adobe releases  I would not even recommend that they should subscribe.  An occasional user of Photoshop does not need Adobe Photoshop its more then they need they don't need all the features Photoshop has or know how to use them.  Photoshop version 6 is not well suited for today's systems.  They are wasting too must time try to revive a dead horse. They just need a free young pony.

JJMack

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New Here ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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Thanks! I'd been thinking the same. Got some suggestions?

John

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New Here ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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I just reinstalled, using compatibility for 98/Windows ME on everything
from starting the initial install to launching the desktop PS icon. I had
tried compatibility for XP before.

Using "98/Windows ME" compatibility WORKS!

I did a simple image edit as a test, no problem!

Time will tell!

Thanks for the help,
John

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New Here ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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Xclnt!  Photoshop 6 lives on, forever!!  Ha!!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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"Photoshop 6 lives on, forever!!"

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LOL!  Or until the next Windows update sees fit to kill it.  Ha!! 🙂

 

For everyone else here who who graduated from the 90's, there are plenty of graphics editors available online for low to no money.  Do a Google search.

 

Goodbye & good luck!

 

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

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New Here ,
May 28, 2021 May 28, 2021

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The same thing just happened to me. I've been using Photoshop 6 with Wondows 10 for at least 5 years, and on this computer for about a year. I used it this morning to edit some photos. Tried to reopen it this afternoon and it simply won't work, same unrecoverable error message other people have noted here. Did anybody ever recover from this error? I've been considering Elements for years, but would rather avoid the learning curve. Yeah, I'm old. 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 28, 2021 May 28, 2021

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I've been using Photoshop 6 with Wondows 10

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@Rachel5DC6,

PS6 from 2000 or CS6 from 2012?  There's a huge difference between them.

 

If it's the latter, try unistalling and reinstalling CS6 from your installation disk.

 

 

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

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New Here ,
May 28, 2021 May 28, 2021

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It's the former, PS6 fprm 2000. I suppose I could reinstall that from the disk though. Will try before giving up. Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 28, 2021 May 28, 2021

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I'll light a candle and burn some incense but I think the likelihood this will keep working on latest Win10 is slim to none.  And slim just left town.  🙂

 

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Good luck!

 

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

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May 29, 2021 May 29, 2021

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Run it in Windows 98 compatability mode on windows 10 computer, It works just fine for PS 6.0 from 2000

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Windows 98 compatability mode how to?

How do you run programs in Windows 98 compatibility mode?

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