You have installed a newer version of Acrobat/ Reader and its messing with your CS3. Uninstall each and every shred of Adobe software, delete the caps.db and then try again.
A big thank you to Mylenium. I followed all your instructions and the re-install was a success. Much appreciated!
I hope all is well. I recently ran into the same issue where CS3 would not open after running perfectly for over a year on this same Windows 7 Professional computer. The first error message stated:
"DDE Server Window: Photoshop.exe - System Error"
"The program can't start because ScCore.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."
The after clicking OK on the window, I got the following error message:
"DDE Server Window: Photoshop.exe - Fatal Application Exit"
"The specified module could not be found. C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe Version Cue CS3\Client\3.0.0\VersionsCue.dll"
I have followed your instructions by removing all Adobe products (I could not locate cab.db), ran the cleaner, disabled my anti-virus and firewall and tried to reinstall CS3. Unfortunately, it does not install properly.
The following are installed:
- Adobe Version Cue CS3 Server
- Shared Components
But the following are not installed:
- Adobe Creative Design Suite 3 Standard - Component install failed
- Adobe Illustrator CS3 - Component install failed
- Adobe InDesign CS3 - Component install failed
- Adobe Photoshop CS3 - Component install failed
I have also tried to install them one at a time without success.
I am at my wits end and need to get these reinstalled as they are used frequently.
Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.