Apr 29, 2007

Troubleshoot installation problems in Adobe Photoshop CS3 on Windows XP

Source: Adobe Support TechNote 400992

This document can help you to resolve system errors that occur while you install Adobe Photoshop CS3 on Windows XP. System errors can manifest in many different ways, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • A blank or flickering dialog box
  • A frozen cursor or screen
  • A blue screen
  • An unexpected restart
  • An error such as the following:

“This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. If the problem persists, contact the program vendor.”
“MS Setup Toolkit API Error, Bad Arg 3:AddSectionFiles to CopyList.”
“Not enough disk space on target drive while decompressing to [pathname].”
“Setup is unable to initialize the setup program. There may be a scripting error.”
“Setup is unable to load the installation script file.”
“Unable to create a directory under C:\Windows\System. Please check write-access to the directory.”
“X:\ unavailable.” (where “X” is the drive letter for your CD-ROM drive)
“Device not ready.”
“Error reading CD-ROM.”
“Error reading device X:\” (where “X” is the drive letter for your CD-ROM drive.)

Different factors can interfere with installation of Adobe Photoshop CS3, including conflicts among device drivers, software, and hardware, and corrupt elements in specific files. System variables can also interfere with installation. Make sure that your computer meets the system requirements for Adobe Photoshop CS3.

Following the tasks in this document can help resolve these issues, and can help you identify the source of installation problems.

The troubleshooting section begins with solutions for the most common problems and progresses to solutions for less common problems (hardware conflicts, for example). You should work through the solutions in the order presented to eliminate possible sources of the problem. Keep track of the tasks you perform and the results of each task, including errors or problematic behavior. Adobe Technical Support can use this information to better assist you, should you need to call.

If none of the suggested solutions resolve the problem, the Advanced troubleshooting section provides tips and references for further troubleshooting.

Note: The procedures in this document are based on the default interface of Windows XP. If the interface is customized, some procedures may vary. For example, a commonly encountered difference is the navigation to Control Panel from the Start menu: You may navigate Start > Settings > Control Panel instead of Start > Control Panel. Additionally, the procedures in this document assume you are using the Classic View of the Control Panel: To view the Control Panel in the Classic View, click Switch To Classic View on the Control Panel navigation bar on the left side of the window.

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