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PS CS4 upgrade  install hangs while checking system profile

Nov 8, 2008 1:28 PM

System is a Core 2 Duo 6700 with 4GB, XP2 Pro SP3.

Installing PS CS4 upgrade over CS3.
Downloaded file unpacks OK, but when running Setup the Checking System Profile bar gets to about 90% the PS Setup window flashes up for barely a second, then the install hangs, ie no further progress with the Checking System Profile (left if for 20 mins or so).
I've downloaded and run a new CS4 upgrade file from Adobe store. No change.
I've added SP3 (was on SP2), no change.
Any one seen this or have any ideas?

Thanks!
 
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    Nov 8, 2008 1:35 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    I guess the first two obvious things are New Admin and Selective Startup.

    Go to Control Panel>User Account.
    Create a new account.
    Name it something like "test" and give it admin privileges.
    Go to Start>Run and type in MSConfig.
    Press OK.
    Click on the Services tab and check the box that says "Hide all Microsoft Services".
    Press Disable All.
    Put a check back into FlexNet Licensing Service.
    Click the Startup Tab.
    Press Disable All.
    Press OK.
    Restart when it asks.
    When it restarts log onto that new admin and try again.
    Let us know what happens.
     
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    Nov 8, 2008 1:35 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    Try disabling any antivirus software before installing.
     
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    Nov 8, 2008 2:48 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    Hmm...

    This is a bit of a long shot. After the screen flashes do this:

    Hit Alt+Spacebar
    Hit "M"
    Put the cursor in the center of the screen and hit the up arrow on your keyboard.

    Also, do you have a dual monitor setup?
     
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    Nov 8, 2008 2:52 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    >PS Setup window flashes up for barely a second, then the install hangs, ie no further progress with the Checking System Profile (left if for 20 mins or so).

    there were cases with cs3 where it hung for up to an hour then continued. i'd let it go while you go eat dinner and watch a movie.
     
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    Nov 8, 2008 7:18 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    I had a feeling you had dual screens. Restart your computer to get past the silly 1 setup at a time error.

    When it's back try these steps:
    a)right click your desktop and choose properties
    b)click the settings tab
    c)disable your secondary monitor
    d)click advanced
    e)choose the troubleshoot tab
    f)if you are able to move the slider bar, move it all the way to the left
    g)click OK on both windows
    h)restart when it asks

    Try to install once again once it has restarted. If it fails, download the Video card drivers from the manufactures website (Date on the driver should be October 15 or near it).

    The steps I'm suggesting are kind of random, but the issue your having has happened to a few folks already, and I have not yet seen a fix.
     
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    Nov 9, 2008 3:05 AM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    Mike, I had a very similar issue when installing PS CS4, except I did get an error message when the progress bar reached 90%. Maybe you do not get this message because yours is an upgrade install (mine was the full version)?

    Anyway, you might want to take a look at this thread that describes the problem and a link to a solution if yours turns out to be the same kind of problem:

    http://www.adobeforums.com:80/webx?50@@.59b6c696/1!login=true

    Best of luck,
    Martijn
     
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    Nov 9, 2008 4:22 AM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    If you never have had any of the Betas on your system, the stuff suggested on the Dreamweaver pages should have no relevance at all. Neither should Ender's suggestions regarding dual screens. Folks, give some credit to the people at Adobe, they don't make such obvious mistakes twice... ;-) in the specific case it seems that some directory or files from a legacy Adobe product are in a "locked" state and the installer will not get it released. If so, I recommend you check

    a) TypeSupport, PDFL and Fonts under C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe

    b) your Windows font directory.

    Rename the possibly offending folders or move them to a different location and remove every font that belongs to an Adobe product (Minion, Myriad, Adobe Garamond and a ton of others) If this does not resolve the matter, it's time to make use of your free support calls, which you are perfectly entitled to.

    Mylenium
     
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    Nov 9, 2008 11:31 AM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    @Mylenium

    If you don't know the exact answer then you don't know what is, and what is not relevant. Also, I know Adobe a little better than you think.

    So, that being said let me elaborate.

    Anytime you have a screen that quickly appears and disappears and is then followed by a hang it can be caused by an off screen dialog.

    EX: http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=kb403268&sl iceId=1

    Now, if you think its fonts, the best way to handle it is to remove all fonts except for what is listed in this doc:

    http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=326402&slice Id=1

    The reality is that no one yet knows the answer to this issue. The issue cropped up for DW CS4 Beta, but most of the solutions for that don't apply here.
     
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    Nov 9, 2008 11:10 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    @Ender

    I've been dragging through the installer mud for CS4 ever since a sunny summer day in 2007, so I clearly know some of that stuff... ;-) And sorry to say so, it's simply not the off-screen dialog problem in most of these cases (which a look at the installer logs would very likely confirm). We can discuss this further off-list, if you feel like it, so shoot me a mail to mylenium|-|at|-|mylenium.de. I sure would like to get to know some of the Photoshop-Aliens a bit better (as someone rooted in the video, compositing and 3D world) :-D

    @Mike

    Simply move them all out of the way or rename them and see what happens. The installer will create the folders again if needed and if e.g. you still need to run CS3, simply renaming/moving them back to their original state will still work (as long as you don't touch any folders related to licensing or shared core functions such as Anchor Service or Linguistics). If you're not feeling adventurous, then call support, they will provide you with more detailed explanations and hold your hand ;-)

    Mylenium
     
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    Nov 15, 2008 9:26 AM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    At this point, I would back up everything important to another drive and bite the bullet..clean install of XP. Yeah, it's a pain. But in the 7 days you have been messing with it, you would be up and running. The suggestions offered here so far are rather comprehensive so if it still won't install...

    You might also first run some clean up and maintenance utilities, among them CHKDSK:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265

    A utility that looks at the Registry and removes the crap can be used as well. My favorite:

    http://www.wincleaner.com

    Good luck!
     
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    Nov 15, 2008 12:19 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    Corrupted "Something? Did it isolate that sector or leave it alone?
     
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    Nov 15, 2008 5:40 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    Tip one for me Mike! :-)
     
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    Nov 17, 2008 2:12 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    What a hassle...So, what you saying is the only fix to this situation is to uninstall windows? Sorry, it's not worth it to me...I had the same issue installing CS3, so I thought that ADOBE would fix this issue with CS4, and to my surprise, when I tried installing CS4 the exact same issue came up...I tried all the "so called" "fixes" that are mentioned above and came up empty. I draw the line at reinstalling windows in order to get a piece of software to install...Shame on you ADOBE for making a installation package that uses FLASH. I'm so done with PhotoShop.
     
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    Nov 17, 2008 2:24 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    Hank,

    > I draw the line at reinstalling windows in order to get a piece of software to install...

    You simply cannot accumulate stuff on your computer for years and expect it to run trouble-free for ever. Things build up, and files corrupt. It's just a fact of life.

    I'm not saying you should do it every time you install new software, but it sounds as if you categorically don't do it, ever.
     
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    Nov 17, 2008 9:32 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    Been sitting here like the rest of you trying to get CS4 Master Collection installed with the same problem. Hanging on "Checking System Profile..." for 2.5 hours. I've tried the clean up utility and have disabled everything to no avail. Does this mean I have to reinstall everything from scratch again like Mike? For the money it should at least tell you what is causing the problem. Can the programmers at Adobe not build in a bit of edit checking and debugging routines. I'd be fired if this sort of thing happened with the code I write.
     
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    Nov 18, 2008 12:00 AM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    > I built this PC 2 years or so ago, but it's NEVER been connected to the internet

    That could be your answer right there!
     
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    Nov 18, 2008 2:08 AM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    Hi there guys.
    Seems like you have som of the same problems as I experience in Vista.
    Seems like the thing to do is to ;
    explore the dvd,right-click on the inst.exe-file,ant choose "run as administrator"
    Normally this is an issue in vista,but it also appears in xp running the latest service-packs...
    Best regards
    Einar Ytrelid
     
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    Jan 15, 2009 4:53 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    Hi guys,

    Just downloaded the CS4 trial and I am having the exact same promblem Mike had. Have any solutions to this problem been found other than installing the OS from scratch? I would really like to avoid that if possible.

    Thanks!
     
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    Jan 16, 2009 8:54 AM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    Possibly of interest in john Nack's Adobe blog:

    Notes from Adobe installer management

    http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2008/12/notes_from_installer_mgmt.html
     
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    Jan 28, 2009 8:14 AM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    I have an almost new Imac that has the same install problem. Anyone come up with a solution for this with an Apple computer. I have a second Imac that it installed just fine on.

    Jim Burton
     
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    Jan 28, 2009 6:24 PM   in reply to (Mike_Broomfield)
    You might ask that on the Photoshop Mac forum; this one is for Windows issues.
     
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