Try emptying the recovery folder again, then trash your prefs (see Replace Your Preferences) and restart.
If that doesn't work, you'll probably need to uninstall again and remove prefs when asked, then reboot, run the clean script (see Resolve installation problems with CS5 Cleaner Tool which should also work for CS3), reboot, run MSConfig and turn off all unnecessary startup programs and services, reboot, run the installer, and run MSConfig again to restore normal boot.
Thank you, Peter, sadly, this did not resolve the issue. Perhaps I didn't turn off the proper start up programs? I only left on the Windows Operating System- should I have nixed that too? I'm tempted to try this again, but I'm scared that CS3 will -- one of these times-- refuse to let me reinstall. Don't these disks have protections on them so they can only install the programs 5 times or something?
No limit to the number of times you can install, but activation may become an issue. Deactivate before uninstalling, but worst case is you'll have to call the activation center on the 800 number and get another reset.
You can download the document I used to hand out in my class for installing CS3 from https://www.yousendit.com/download/M3Bua3NkNEgzeUwwZXNUQw. My memory is the installer was very finicky about what was running.
Hello, I have had the same issue as this guy: http://forums.adobe.com/message/1313096
Does that mean your issue also started when you installed 3rd party plugins?
Have you tried removing them?
Thanks for your help.
No, the problem did not start with the installation of 3rd party plugins.
Caroline, that means you don't really have "the same issue as this guy."
Cn you tell us a little more about the history of the problem?
When did it start? Was ID working fine beforehand? Is it somehow file-specific?
The information in this thread (above) is somewhat confusing.
If it's file-specific, does the file work in your new user account?
Does the cleaner tool work for CS3? (My vague recollection is that it does?)