Running Photoshop On External Drive

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March 23, 2006 at 09:27:55
Specs: Windows XP Pro, Pentium 4 3.2ghz

Hi. i've recently got Photoshop CS2 but want to install it to an external drive, but be able to take the drive to other computers and just run it directly off of the external drive, however there are registry settings required on the main hard drive. When i try to run photoshop on another machine, it says the activation details/user name etc... are wrong or cannot be found because of this.

Is there a way i can actually run it from the external source without installing the registry fix onto every machine. I only want it to run from the external source.


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#1
March 23, 2006 at 13:00:44

Sorry, no way to do that.


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#2
March 23, 2006 at 13:09:18

Would it work if the external drive were to have its own seperate installation of windows, and then if i boot windows from it, install it to it, thus using the registry on that disk. Would that not work?

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#3
March 23, 2006 at 16:16:34

Yes, that would work but again on the PC that it was attached to when you installed it.

What you are trying to do, in reality, is use one copy of a copyrighted application on more than one PC which is against it's license agreement.

Take a moment to read through it so that you will better understand what rights it grants you.

Would it not be easier to move the file/s that you want to view within the application to the machine that has the license to use it? USB Flash drive maybe or shared drives over a LAN.

Bryan


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#4
March 23, 2006 at 16:21:27

Not sure about photoshop, but I have Adobe Premiere which allows me to install it on more than 1 PC. As explained to me (by Adobe themselves), I can install the software on any and all of my own personal computers. There is the license agreement that you can only run it on one PC at a time (whoch obviously is on your honor).

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#5
March 23, 2006 at 18:20:58

Bryco's suggestion to somehow get the files to your system to work on, is the only practical solution.


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#6
March 24, 2006 at 07:04:56

"Would it work if the external drive were to have its own seperate installation of windows, and then if i boot windows from it, install it to it, thus using the registry on that disk. Would that not work?"

The problem with that solution is that the hardware would change from machine to machine that you tried to connect to. And some machines still have problems booting from external drives. Even if you could boot from it you would have to at least do a repair installation of XP on that drive every time you tried to boot it on another machine - unless the machines were pysically the same.

One option would be to find a freeware application that does not require licensing and does not rely upon any registry entries. It would have a much smaller feature set, but may have the ability to do the work you need.

Michael J


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#7
March 24, 2006 at 10:25:41

i only intend on using it on one computer at a time, not multiple machines simultaneously.
Michael J, i don't mean with the external drive, to boot into it every single time, but simple to boot into it the first time, just to install the application, but from then on, just boot from the normal drive and run the program from the external. Would this not access the registry from the external drive?

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#8
March 24, 2006 at 11:50:06

" i don't mean with the external drive, to boot into it every single time, but simple to boot into it the first time, just to install the application, but from then on, just boot from the normal drive and run the program from the external. Would this not access the registry from the external drive?"

That's not how it works. The registry is tied to the OS. Once you load windows from the internal HD you are using that registry and not the one you created when installing the OS to the external HD.

Michael J


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#9
March 24, 2006 at 12:21:25

Damnit! Was hoping there would be a way. Ah well, i'll just live with other programs them. Alright, thanks for all your help people.

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#10
April 7, 2006 at 20:21:53

Use "THE GIMP". It's a open source photoshop like program. Very powerful (I use CS2) and free free FREE!

Google it.

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