How to install Photoshop 7 on Windows 10 64bit

New Here ,
Nov 28, 2015 Nov 28, 2015

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I have my old standby Photoshop 7.0 32 bit and have used it as far as Win 8.1 64 bit, but the Setup.exe file will not execute on Windows 10 64bit, any suggestions?
I've tried compatibility mode starting at Win XP SP2 and up and no luck.  The ironic part is I had to exchange this computer that I purchased 3 weeks ago.  I had no problem installing it on the previous one (win 10) by using task manager to kill the process (which the icon never even shows up in the status bar) and choosing to run it in compatibility mode ... and it worked)  HELP, I have CS3 but for what I do now (retired) it's too robust and much more complicated then what I know like the back of my hand.

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New Here , Sep 12, 2016 Sep 12, 2016
Hi - The only way it worked for me was as follows...I) Create a Photoshop folder on your hard drive i.e. Drive C - Adobe - Photoshop 72) Copy all files from your CD to this folder - drag & drop3) Start Windows 10 in 'safe mode'4) Open the new folder and click on the .exe filePhotoshop 7 should now load without a hitch - then restart normally and run the programme.

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Valorous Hero ,
Nov 28, 2015 Nov 28, 2015

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Hi Zshoppe,

We have not officially tested such an old version of Photoshop with windows 10.

It might or might not work. As you mentioned you were able to run it earlier so I would suggest you to create a new Admin account and then try to install it there.

Regards

Sarika

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New Here ,
Jan 12, 2016 Jan 12, 2016

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I had the same problem where the installer wouldn't do anything, it appears the installer exe requires to use resources held by other processes. For me it was Skype and Logitech wireless mouse software.

To work out what is "blocking" the installer:

  1. start  task manager, you'll see setup.exe running as a background process but consuming no CPU cycles.
  2. click on the "Details" tab in task manager
  3. scroll down to setup.exe, right click on it and select "Analyse wait chain"
  4. close the program / end the process which setup is waiting on

You may have to repeat steps 3 & 4 if there are multiple contentions. For me once I killed Skype & Logitech processes the installer popped up instantly. Also I ran setup.exe as administrator

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New Here ,
Sep 11, 2016 Sep 11, 2016

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thnx man worked for me!

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New Here ,
Nov 07, 2017 Nov 07, 2017

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thank you that seems to have solved the issue

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New Here ,
Feb 24, 2018 Feb 24, 2018

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Killing the background task that was preventing the installer from running also worked perfectly when installing PS6 on a Windows10 machine!  That was a much, much easier fix than many of the others I read about.

Kudos

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New Here ,
Oct 15, 2018 Oct 15, 2018

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@idleMartin, Logitech Gaming Software was holding up my 32-bit installer process, i exited via taskbar tray and it went through in a snap, TY so much!

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New Here ,
Dec 30, 2018 Dec 30, 2018

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Excellent fix!!! Many thanks for the help. My Photoshop7 installed perfectly after shutting down a background process I had never even heard of before.

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New Here ,
Jan 31, 2019 Jan 31, 2019

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IdleMartin for the win on best answer. Someone else mentioned their logitech software was blocking the installer from starting, same here. As soon as I followed IdleMartin's instructions it loaded right away. Thank you!

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New Here ,
Jul 10, 2019 Jul 10, 2019

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IdleMartin deserves 5 stars for his correct answer. I just got a new laptop with Windows 10 on it. I had Photoshop 7 on my old laptop running Windows 7. Have the setup.exe and install files on a cd but couldn't get setup.exe to run. I tried everything. Going into the details tab and right clicking on setup.exe and then "Analyse wait chain" and selecting the app that was holding it up did the trick. Photoshop 7 loaded right up and installed!! I can't thank you enough, IdleMartin!!!! You saved me hours of headaches!!

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New Here ,
Oct 17, 2019 Oct 17, 2019

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hello. where I can see the task manager? I am new in this matter of installing in CPU.

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New Here ,
Oct 17, 2019 Oct 17, 2019

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I see it but its not working on my CPU. 😞

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New Here ,
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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Thnx man. It worked like a charm...

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New Here ,
Apr 22, 2020 Apr 22, 2020

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Its working , Thanks.

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New Here ,
Aug 14, 2020 Aug 14, 2020

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Thanks, it works for me.

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New Here ,
Nov 02, 2020 Nov 02, 2020

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Awesome. Thanks so much. Work for me!!!

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New Here ,
Jan 14, 2021 Jan 14, 2021

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I had no problems previously but I did a clean Windows 10 Pro (version 20H2) install and then Photoshop wouldn't load. This solution worked for me.  Many thanks.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 27, 2021 Jan 27, 2021

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YES, IdleMartin...YES, YES, YES!  It worked!  This issue has vexed me for weeks, and your method WORKED!  THANK YOU!  I HATE having to call our IT guy to hand-hold me through these issues, so it was especially satisfying to be able to tell my husband "I fixed it all by my baby self!" (::with IdleMartin's help:: said under my breath).  Thank you! Photoshop 7 running again! 

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New Here ,
Sep 12, 2016 Sep 12, 2016

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Hi - The only way it worked for me was as follows...

I) Create a Photoshop folder on your hard drive i.e. Drive C - Adobe - Photoshop 7

2) Copy all files from your CD to this folder - drag & drop

3) Start Windows 10 in 'safe mode'

4) Open the new folder and click on the .exe file

Photoshop 7 should now load without a hitch - then restart normally and run the programme.

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New Here ,
Sep 12, 2018 Sep 12, 2018

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Looks like Adobe still HASN'T fixed this issue by providing download files:

Download Photoshop Elements | 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, and 7:

https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/download-earlier-version-photoshop-elements.html

I found this NON-ADOBE video to be helpful:

How to download and install Adobe photoshop 7.0 with key|100%working - YouTube

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Jan 27, 2021 Jan 27, 2021

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Sorry, accidentally replied to a 3 year old post with illegal links- long ago blocked. 

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