Sep 30, 2005

Perform a silent installation of Photoshop (CS2 on Windows XP)

Source: Photoshop Support Knowledgebase

What’s covered:
Run a silent mode installation
Verify a silent mode installation
Disable Adobe Updater
Suppress the Registration dialog box

A standard Adobe Photoshop CS2 installation allows a single installation of Photoshop CS2 and requires you to interact with the installation process (that is, enter Serial number and accept the License Agreement). To perform a standard Photoshop CS2 installation, insert the Photoshop CS2 CD into the CD-ROM drive and start the installer.

A silent installation allows you to install Photoshop CS2 on a system without having to interact directly with the installer application. Use silent installations ideally in a network environment where the installation software resides on a central server location and individual systems can install the application using a multiple-seat site license (specifically using the site license serial number).

Use a silent mode installation in the following situations:

– To save time as part of a software deployment by an IS department (allowing quick and easy configuration to many computer systems without the need for interaction).

– In a network environment where the installation software resides on a central server and individual systems can install the application using a multiple-seat site license.

Note: Although you can use the silent mode installation with the individual license version of Photoshop CS2, the activation process is still required (and will need interaction) since it is not included in the silent installation procedure. See document 331419 , “Troubleshoot activation problems (Acrobat 7.0, Adobe Creative Suite 2 on Windows)” for more information about activation.

Run a silent mode installation

To install Photoshop CS2 in silent mode:

1. Copy the Adobe Photoshop CS2 folder from the Photoshop CS2 CD to the location from which you intend to install the product (for example , a local disk or server).

2. Open the Abcpy.ini file in the Adobe Photoshop CS2 folder and fill in the following fields with your license information :





For example:

USERNAME = John Smith

COMPANYNAME = Adobe Systems

SERIALNUMBER = 0000-0000-0000-0000-0000-0000

INSTALLDIR= c:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2

Note: If you leave the INSTALLDIR= entry blank, then the silent installation will install files and folders to the default location.

3. Save the Abcpy.ini file to the same folder from which you opened it. You can now install from this location on any Windows XP system using the MSI (Microsoft Installer).

4. Choose Start > Run and type the following in the Open field:

msiexec /i “[ path ]\Adobe Photoshop CS2.msi” /qn

The path is the location of the Adobe Photoshop CS2 folder in step 1.

Verify a silent mode installation

To verify the installation during the installation process:

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open the Task Manager.

2. Click the Processes tab. Observe that the msiexec task is running and that CPU usage for the task is active.

To verify the installation after the installation process finishes:

Verify that the following folders have been added:

– Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Bridge

– Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2

– Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Help Center

At the end of the silent installation, the Adobe Updater and the Adobe Registration dialog boxes appear and require user input. The Adobe Updater checks for updates available for Photoshop, Help, and Adobe Bridge. These updates are also available on the Adobe website at . The Registration dialog allows you to register Photoshop. These dialog boxes can also be suppressed.

Disable Adobe Updater

To disable Adobe Updater:

1. Copy the following 3 lines and paste them into a Notepad document:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



2. Save the document as “DisableAUM_Updates.reg.”

3. Close and then double-click this file, and the Windows registry will import this information automatically.

Note: If you have additional Adobe CS2 applications these steps will disable the Adobe Updater for all Adobe applications. It cannot be disabled per application.

Suppress the Registration dialog box

To suppress the Registration dialog box:

1. Choose Start > Run, and then type regedit in the Open field and click OK.

2. Navigate to and select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Adobe PhotoshopCS2 – { [GUID] } , where [GUID] is the 39-digit registration number.

3. Add 4 keys to the right of the Registry Editor:

a. Choose Edit > New > DWORDValue.

b. Name the new value EPIC_REGS_TYPE.

c. Double-click the new value and enter 00000004 as value data.

d. Repeat steps a to c to add the remaining 3 keys:

– “EPIC_REGS_STATE”=dword00000002

– “EPIC_REGS_LANG”=dword00000000

– “EPIC_REGS_COUNT”=dword00000000

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