Apr 16, 2007

Adobe TechNote: Manually Remove Photoshop CS3 public beta (Windows XP)

Source: Adobe Support Document TechNote: kb401492

This document covers removing Photoshop CS3 public beta on Windows XP. For instructions explaining how to remove Photoshop CS3 public beta manually on Windows Vista, see document kb401501, “Manually remove Photoshop CS3 public beta (Windows Vista).”


Adobe recommends that you use the Adobe Photoshop CS3 public beta uninstaller in the Add Or Remove Programs utility in Windows to remove Photoshop CS3 public beta from the computer. Occasionally, however, damaged files or a partial installation may prevent the Photoshop CS3 public beta uninstaller from working correctly or may cause the uninstaller to leave files or empty application folders on the system after the removal is performed. You may also notice Photoshop CS3 public beta missing from the Add Or Remove Programs list or find that the installer only displays the Repair and Remove options when you try to install Photoshop CS3 public beta.

Manually removing Photoshop CS3 public beta ensures that all files and folders are removed. Please note that these instructions are for removing Photoshop CS3 public beta. If you have other/previous versions of Adobe applications installed, then be sure to remove only the files below that relate to Photoshop CS3 public beta. These steps also remove any extra content (for example, Goodies or Functional Content) that you may have installed with Photoshop CS3 public beta.

Note: Your system may not contain all of the files and folders listed in this document. If you do not find a listed file or folder on your system, then you should proceed to the next file or folder on the list.

Before you begin

Some of these procedures require you to locate hidden files and hidden folders. Some procedures require you to locate files by their full file names, which include extensions (for example, example_filename.ini). By default, Windows Explorer doesn’t show hidden files, hidden folders, or file name extensions that it recognizes.

To show hidden files, hidden folders, and all file name extensions in Windows Explorer:

  1. In Windows Explorer, choose Tools > Folder Options.
  2. Click the View tab in the Folder Options dialog box.
  3. In Advanced Settings, select Show Hidden Files And Folders.
  4. Deselect Hide Extensions For Known File Types.
  5. Click OK.


Before you remove any CS3 application, you must deactivate it: In Photoshop CS3, Choose Help > Deactivate and follow the on-screen instructions.

Remove Photoshop CS3 public beta using the uninstaller

The uninstaller is designed to remove everything installed by Photoshop CS3 public beta. When you start Photoshop CS3 public beta for the first time, or when you modify the preferences, new folders and files may be created. To ensure the complete removal of all additional folders and files, proceed to “Remove remaining folders and files for Photoshop CS3 public beta” below after you use the uninstaller.

To use the uninstaller:

  1. Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add Or Remove Programs.
  2. Select Adobe Photoshop CS3 and click Uninstall. Follow the on-screen instructions to remove the Photoshop CS3 public beta component.

Remove remaining folders and files for Photoshop CS3 public beta

Back up any personal files you want to save from the following directories, and then remove the listed folders and files:

Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Adobe Photoshop CS3
Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Adobe Photoshop CS3 Settings
Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe [any files and folders with CS3 in the name]
Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\FLEXnet [any files that begin with "adobe"] This may affect your other installed Adobe applications.

  • Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe Anchor Service
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe Asset Services CS3
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe PCD
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe Version Cue CS3
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Bridge CS3 Extensions
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\caps
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Installers\8d0dc9390f2c596455e1446b5918a40
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Launch\photoshop\10.0
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Startup Scripts CS3
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\StartupScripts
  • Program Files\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher

Remove remaining registry entries for Photoshop CS3 public beta

Remove the application registry keys from the registry, if they are available.

Note: You must be logged into the computer as an Administrator to modify your registry.

Disclaimer: This procedure involves editing the Windows registry. Adobe doesn’t support editing the registry, which contains critical system and application information. For information on the Windows Registry Editor, see the documentation for Windows or contact Microsoft Technical Support. You may not have all of these files.

Important: Make a backup copy of the registry before you edit it:

  1. Choose Start > Run, and type regedit in the Open text box; click OK.
  2. Navigate to one of the registry keys listed below and select it in the left panel; it will appear in the registry editor as a folder.
  3. Choose Edit > Delete. Click Yes in the Confirm Key Delete dialog box.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 as needed for any remaining registry entries.

Remove the following registry entries:

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\04AB644DF5F1BE447A49A01CF408C997
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\38E97B37B094D0640B6DC2B737893052
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\3CA4644AE58D9464788407161960D36F
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\4A9A7FBC4D0C0AB498199C7B9DA02589
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\53E8CF8D793D61C478EA41A12625124E
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\5546FC0F8DDE6C149AA62283476E06CC
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\5AB7963F8D8C5294CAAC4F687CB6DA33
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\68DDD261780C95E47B8AC0D1F888A4A9
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\85EFC63F0C7457D499B50E715236AF38
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\9B353DEA7D6EF6040B70C2555C62E53B
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\A01125EC3777F444E9D5A4544E97D26B
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\B3CCF5624184B2B4986D12D7BFA88D68
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\C7F1F23FD2239B646BA9C5E3CD887BC4
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\CC95ABAFB743B8742B7A73FB8058ACBC
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\D0182037FCA793342BB77510C6AADDDC
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Features\F55C81FBF19771C4BA573E79EE101CB4
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\04AB644DF5F1BE447A49A01CF408C997
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\38E97B37B094D0640B6DC2B737893052
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\3CA4644AE58D9464788407161960D36F
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\4A9A7FBC4D0C0AB498199C7B9DA02589
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\C7F1F23FD2239B646BA9C5E3CD887BC4
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\CC95ABAFB743B8742B7A73FB8058ACBC
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Photoshop\10.0
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Adobe Bridge\CS3\Installer
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Photoshop\10.0
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\04AB644DF5F1BE447A49A01CF408C997
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\38E97B37B094D0640B6DC2B737893052
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\3CA4644AE58D9464788407161960D36F
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\4A9A7FBC4D0C0AB498199C7B9DA02589
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\53E8CF8D793D61C478EA41A12625124E
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\5546FC0F8DDE6C149AA62283476E06CC
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\5AB7963F8D8C5294CAAC4F687CB6DA33
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\68DDD261780C95E47B8AC0D1F888A4A9
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\85EFC63F0C7457D499B50E715236AF38
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\9B353DEA7D6EF6040B70C2555C62E53B
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\A01125EC3777F444E9D5A4544E97D26B
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\B3CCF5624184B2B4986D12D7BFA88D68
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\C7F1F23FD2239B646BA9C5E3CD887BC4
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\CC95ABAFB743B8742B7A73FB8058ACBC
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\D0182037FCA793342BB77510C6AADDDC
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Features\F55C81FBF19771C4BA573E79EE101CB4
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Products\04AB644DF5F1BE447A49A01CF408C997
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Products\38E97B37B094D0640B6DC2B737893052
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Products\3CA4644AE58D9464788407161960D36F
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Products\4A9A7FBC4D0C0AB498199C7B9DA02589
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Products\C7F1F23FD2239B646BA9C5E3CD887BC4
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Installer\Products\CC95ABAFB743B8742B7A73FB8058ACBC
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\C7F1F23FD2239B646BA9C5E3CD887BC4\
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\9B353DEA7D6EF6040B70C2555C62E53B\
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\CC95ABAFB743B8742B7A73FB8058ACBC\
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\
  • Adobe_8d0dc9390f2c596455e1446b5918a40
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{AED353B9-E6D7-406F-B007-2C55C5265EB3}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{CBF7A9A4-C0D4-4BA0-8991-C9B7D90A5298}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F32F1F7C-322D-46B9-B69A-5C3EDC88B74C}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{FABA59CC-347B-478B-B2A7-37BF0885CACB}

Complete the removal

Empty your Recycle Bin and restart your computer.

To re-hide hidden files, hidden folders, and all file name extensions in Windows Explorer:

  1. In Windows Explorer, choose Tools > Folder Options.
  2. Click the View tab in the Folder Options dialog box.
  3. In Advanced Settings, select Do Not Show Hidden Files And Folders.
  4. Select Hide Extensions For Known File Types.
  5. Click OK.

Additional Information

TechNote kb401501 “Manually remove Photoshop CS3 public beta (Windows Vista)”
TechNote kb401502 “Manually remove Photoshop CS3 public beta (Mac OS X)”

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