A friend has started getting the dreded "An error has been detected with a required application library and the product cannot continue. Please reinstall the application."
I've found this problem listed a number of times in the forums, but none of them seem to have a solution.
He is on a Window 7Pro machine running 64-bit.
Reinstalling does not fix the problem and customer support will no longer help with a CS2 application.
He has compared the C:\Users\Username\AppData folders between the primary user and the others, but not clear which folder he should delete. Most reference a specific applicaiton (like InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop, etc) and this problem happens for every CS2 app.
He's considering backing up the whole disk, then delete the user's profile, and then re-create it, and then put back the documents, email, contacts, bookmarks, etc. That's a fair amount of trouble, but it should work.
Can anyone suggest an easier way?
Sorry, but even that is not guaranteed to work. CS2 is unsupported under Windows 7 and using it on a 64 bit machine adds a whole new level of complexity. It's time for your friend to upgrade. Troubleshooting this installation will be nothing but an excercise in futility.
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Your (and your friend's) call of course. But if really wants to stick with CS2 he should roll back to XP SP2. Anything later than that is a crapshoot.
This is what I suspected although I forgot about CS2 and Windows 7 compatability. He has other users on his machine that are not experiencing any problems with any suite programs when they log on, only his profile.
I had recomended that he upgrade but also advised him to try creating a new profile first. It's a realativly painless thing to do, and it certainnly won't hurt to try.
Thanks again for your input.
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