Is photoshop 7 compatible with Windows 10?

Explorer ,
Apr 04, 2016 Apr 04, 2016

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I have Photoshop 7 running under Windows XP SP3 and it works fine, so I don't need to have more recent versions.  I have a new PC running Windows 10, so can PS 7 run under it? probably not, so I may need to run it in a virtual machine running Windows XP.  I understand that perhaps it would be better to run CS2 which may be available to download free if I can provide the product key for PS 7.  Please advise.

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 04, 2016 Apr 04, 2016
Photoshop 7 works here on windows 10 x64 without using any compatibility modes, actually a lot better than photoshop cs2 does. The only major catch is you need to have 1 TB or less free space on your hard drive or photoshop 7 won't work. Photoshop versions before photoshop cs couldn't see large hard drives with over 1 TB of free space.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 04, 2016 Apr 04, 2016

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CS2 is likely too old to run with Win10

An idea that MAY work to install and/or run old programs in Windows 10... works for some, not for others

-http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/15523-compatibility-mode-settings-apps-change-windows-10-a.html

-or Run as Administrator http://forums.adobe.com/thread/969395 to assign FULL permissions may help... says Encore, but sometimes required for ALL Adobe programs (this is NOT the same as using an Administrator account)

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Explorer ,
Apr 04, 2016 Apr 04, 2016

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Hi John,

Photoshop 7 is what I have and you didn't say if it will run under Windows

10. If it doesn't, what options do I have, without having to buy new

software?

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Apr 04, 2016 Apr 04, 2016

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Photoshop 7 works here on windows 10 x64 without using any compatibility modes, actually a lot better than photoshop cs2 does.

 

The only major catch is you need to have 1 TB or less free space on your hard drive or photoshop 7 won't work.

Photoshop versions before photoshop cs couldn't see large hard drives with over 1 TB of free space.

 

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Explorer ,
Apr 05, 2016 Apr 05, 2016

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Hi,

Thanks for your helpful reply, I will give it a try and as I only have SSD drives, non are up to a Tbyte so I should be OK. I'll let you know how I get on.

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Explorer ,
Apr 09, 2016 Apr 09, 2016

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Hi R_Kelly

You are 100% right. PS 7.0 will run under Windows 10 Home, and it now does this on my PC.

I did have a problem because my PS 7.0 is an upgrade from PS 5.0 and I have lost the original PS 5.0 disc, so I copied the entire PS 7.0 folder on the old PC that I am retiring, into the Adobe folder on my new PC and then ran the installation of PS 7.0 which worked fine, so thanks a millionR_Kelly.  PS 7.0 may be very old like me, but it works fine.

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Explorer ,
Jul 05, 2016 Jul 05, 2016

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Hi,

You are right that Photoshop 7 does work with Windows 10, I have installed it and used it, so thanks for that, however it cannot see any drives other than c:\ so I cannot retrieve my images that are all on my data drive d:\.  I could transfer them to c: but that would defeat the object of having all data on a separate physical drive to keep the system software on another.  Do you know if Photoshop 7 could be tweaked to allow it to see other drives?  Of course I could create a temporary folder on c: and transfer what I need from d: to c: but that's a bit awkward.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 05, 2016 Jul 05, 2016

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Photoshop 7 can't see a drive if it has more than 1 TB of free space.

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Explorer ,
Jul 06, 2016 Jul 06, 2016

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Hi R_Kelly,

Non of my drives are as big as 1 TB yet PS 7.0 cannot see them running under Windows 10 Home, so maybe there's a setting that allows it to see other drives? eg PS 7.0 is installed in c:\ and my data drive is d:\ which it cannot see for some reason.  Do you have any suggestions?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 06, 2016 Jul 06, 2016

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Is the drive an ssd or .....?

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Explorer ,
Jul 06, 2016 Jul 06, 2016

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Hi R_Kelly,

All my drives are SSD:  c:\ for system and programmes, d:\ for data, e:\ for games

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 06, 2016 Jul 06, 2016

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Have you applied the 7.0.1 update to photoshop 7?

If not, it might be worth a try.

Adobe - Photoshop : For Windows : Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1 update

If in photoshop 7 you go to Edit>Preferences>Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks, do you see any other drives other than

your boot drive ( C  Drive) listed?  

You might also try running photoshop 7 as an administrator and see if then ps 7 sees the other drives.

Right click on the ps 7 shortcut and select Run As Administrator.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 06, 2016 Jul 06, 2016

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Also, are the ssd drives formatted using NTFS?

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Explorer ,
Jul 07, 2016 Jul 07, 2016

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Hi R_Kelly,

Yes all my drives are NTFS.  To give you more data I have captured a screenshot of system/computer management/storage devicesComputer management drive data.PNG

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 07, 2016 Jul 07, 2016

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None of the below makes any difference from post 14?

Have you applied the 7.0.1 update to photoshop 7?

If not, it might be worth a try.

Adobe - Photoshop : For Windows : Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1 update

If in photoshop 7 you go to Edit>Preferences>Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks, do you see any other drives other than

your boot drive ( C  Drive) listed?  

You might also try running photoshop 7 as an administrator and see if then ps 7 sees the other drives.

Right click on the ps 7 shortcut and select Run As Administrator.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 04, 2016 Apr 04, 2016

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Hi DavidDundas,

as John said, you could try using the Compatibility Mode‌. Other than that, there is no other solution really.
Photoshop 7 is just too old to run on new-ish OS like Windows 10

Kind Regards,
Maurice

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Engaged ,
Apr 04, 2016 Apr 04, 2016

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Ps7 is really old and Win10 has been a disaster for me, it used constantly hang and crash until I disable the windows update service, anyway.....sorry. I suspect it wont work, why haven't you tried to install Ps7 on the win10 system, you have the software and win10 so why ask in a forum?

Edit: missed the above posts while typing.

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Jul 05, 2016 Jul 05, 2016

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My copy of 7.0 is an upgrade, and I don't have any pre-CC versions installed. Could I install 7.0 using my old serial number, or would I have to first install the latest non-upgrade version I have (4.0)? Or did they use disk keys back then? (It's been so long . . .)

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this works i split my drive and photoshop loaded and is working 

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