Photoshop 5.5 won't install on XP Home

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November 30, 2010 at 19:04:50
Specs: Windows XP Home
I just purchased Photoshop 5.5 (full version/academic) and my every attempt to install it has been thwarted. I attempted to install it by clicking the exe file, but nothing happened. I copied the install disc to my HD (hidden files & all). Still nothing. I tried to install my 7.0 upgrade (with the intent of providing the 5.5 disc when prompted). Nope. No copy of Photoshop will install. No error messages, just non-responsive.

I am running XP Home w/ SP 3

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December 1, 2010 at 12:52:33
I just brought my computer out of standby and the install shield popped up! My excitement was short-lived as it was stuck at 0% and not responding. Somehow, copying the install disc for PS 5.5 onto my computer did something. Still can't install it though.

It might be helpful to know that my old copy of Photoshop 5.0 stopped working a while back after an Adobe update. I am reasonably sure it was Acrobat Reader.

I don't know if any of this is relevant, but I thought it might help diagnose the problem.

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December 1, 2010 at 17:41:28
I'm interested to know how/why you purchased version 5.5. That version was around during the Windows 95 days. Adobe wont even support it as its so old. Is this a ligitimate copy you bought from someone or a copy? 7 is fairly new, is it a legitimate disc or a copy?

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December 1, 2010 at 17:58:17
I used to have PhotoShop 5 on my XP and one day it stopped working. On re-install the symptoms were much the same as yours, yet it is still working on my old W98SE. Makes me wonder if you are right - some update killed it.

What I did was download GIMP 2.6.10 (free) and after I got used to where everything was I ended up liking it more than PhotoShop. If you should go this way, avoid a program called GIMPShop which is GIMP hacked around to try and make it more like PhotoShop. GIMPShop was no more like PhotoShop than the proper GIMP and it was unreliable too. GIMP latest version is 2.6.11.

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December 8, 2010 at 17:00:50
Thank you both for taking the time to respond. Both copies of Photoshop are legitimate. Photoshop 5.5 was purchased to support an upgrade to 7 (yes, it is old...yes, there are newer versions...yes, I am unable/unwilling to shell out more for what I don't really need). I'm sure GIMP is decent, but it is not Photoshop.

Fortunately, I solved my own problem - by creating a new user account and sliding all my files over. Photoshop installed just fine in the new partition. It also resolved another niggling little annoyance as well (persistent no disc error).

So, thanks for playing.

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December 8, 2010 at 17:15:12
Glad you got it sorted and thanks for taking the trouble to pop back and let us know.

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