20 Replies Latest reply on Aug 4, 2013 2:46 PM by bjf5242635

    PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell

    Stu.Farnham Level 1

      This problem began for me after installing the PSCS6 beta. I started getting a popup saying "Adobe Application Manager is missing or damaged" and advising me to download and reinstall AAM. I did that, with no result. The responses from Adobe in teh beta forum were unhelpful ("you must have a bad installer"). I was able to leave the beta as it was and use PSCS5.

      Fast forward: PSCS6 is released and I purchase and try to install the upgrade, which won't install with the beta present. The Beta uninstaller won't run because of the AAM error. I laboriously search and delete all files related to the beta.PSCS6 release version installs, but when it starts I get a popup witht the same message about AAM.

      I have spent over 12 hours in chat with Adobe support with only negative results. Not only have they not fixed the problem -- they have managed to propagate it to my PSCS5 installation -- which they subsequently deleted. Net: I am now without any working copy of Photoshop.

      As part of attempting to diagnose I have tried the PSCS6 unistaller, which fails with the same error; used the CS cleaner tool and reinstalled -- same problem; verified permissions and file ssytem on my system drive; tried removing CS6 and reinstalling from a new, clean admin account -- same AAM error.

      I am at my wits' end with this. I have NO working verion of photoshop (big problem for a photographer/designer), NO confidence in Adobe support (most of the 12 hours was watching them try the same things we had done several times before), and NO idea how to fix this short of stripping my Mac back to the metal and reinstalling everything. The last would take me more than a day -- and I am not sure I wont' find myself in the same mess.


      Does anyone have any suggestions?


      If anyone from Adobe sees this I hope they take pity on a poor customer and help me find a solution.


      Thanks in advance

        • 1. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell

          No answer but I feel your pain.  Purchased CS6 online about 6 hours ago and I've pretty much done nothing but work on this since.  I'm currently on hold with my 4th Adobe person of the day - so far 1 hour 7 minutes with this one.  I also now have non-functional CS5 and Acrobat X Standard installations as a result of taking the recommended steps.  I'm on Windows 7 64-bit, so it's not just a MAC issue.  If my person comes back to the line with a solution that works I'll post it immediately.

          • 2. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
            smoddelm Level 1

            Got off the phone with them an hour and 45 minutes ago.  They told me to stick close to the phone because someone would call me back within 10 minutes.  No call after 105 minutes.

            • 3. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
              smoddelm Level 1

              Finally decided to call them to find out what was going on.  After 17 minutes on hold, the support guy came back and said my case had been "escalated."  He said typically that has a 3-day turnaround.  In the meantime, not only do I not have CS6, I'm also without CS5 and Acrobat X Standard.

              • 4. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                Wade_Zimmerman Level 6

                Why didn't you guys download th cleanup script for CS 5 and 6?


                Try running that what it does is removes the necessary registration items that prevent you from doing what yoiu need to do to install.


                if this does not work try creating a new user accoutn and instal the application form the new user account.



                • 5. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                  smoddelm Level 1

                  Wade_Zimmerman, thanks for your reply.  Unfortunately, I've run it about 10 times today.  That was one of the many steps recommended by some or all of the tech support people I spoke with.  The cleaner is pretty terrible - it leaves thousand of files in Adobe/Common Files, many files and folders in other locations, many registry entires, and does not solve the problem.  One tech had me removing files manually in Common Files/Adobe/OOBE after running hte cleaner, and none of them had a Windows "Owner," so I had to set the owner for each file I deleted, then set the security permissions for the owner, and then delete.  Took about 30 seconds in all for each file, and there were over 3,000 files in the folder.  After 10 or 15 minutes, I told him I needed a different solution.

                  • 6. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                    smoddelm Level 1

                    By the way, creating a new user account was also one of tech support's solutions.  That also did not work.  Nor did "unhiding" the default Administrator account (the one that comes installed but then disabled on a new computer) and installing there.

                    • 7. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                      Stu.Farnham Level 1

                      I love forums. There's always someone who needs to prove how smart they are. It would never occur them to ask "Did you ...?". Instead they lead with "Wy didn't you [idiots]...?"


                      Too bad this time ... I did run the cleaner tool, many, many times.

                      • 8. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                        smoddelm Level 1

                        Well, my "solution" for now was to restore my entire hard drive from a True Image backup.  I'm afraid to install CS6 again until I hear back from tech support, but at least I've got CS5 and Acrobat X Standard back.  It's a pain - wrecks MS Outlook (*.ost files have to be wiped out and re-downloaded), have to restore files created since last True Image backup (I create one a week, but my most recent was 5 days old), there were lots of Windows updates on Tuesday of this week, etc.

                        • 9. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell

                          I had the same problem on my iMac / 10.7.3. I installed the Beta of PS CS 6 and could never start it due to the error message that the Adobe Application Manager was missing or damaged. Same as you, I also was unable to run the CS6 Beta uninstall script which stopped with the same AAM error code. Today I got the regular PS CS6 update and could not install it due to the presence of the beta. Luckily, rthe Cleaner tool mentioned above did the job and I could finally install PS CS6. However: still the dialog would pop up that my AAM is missing or damaged (PS would work, though)


                          The solution that worked for me was triggered by looking at the PDApp.log file which should be in $HOME/Library/Logs which cited a "FATAL" error as the DestPath:/Applications/Utilities/Adobe Application Manager/ could not be created.


                          Turned out that I had a put an alias for the AAM into my /Application/Utilities folder to have easier access.


                          I removed the alias and downloaded the new AAM version 6.1 (?) from here and this time the installation went through (before with the older version it stalled and just ended). It put the whole folder now into the /Applications/Utilities folder and now PS is running without problems.


                          Long story short: check if you have made an alias of the file already in your /Applications/Utilities folder.


                          Maybe that helps.



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                          • 10. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                            smoddelm Level 1

                            I received an e-mail yesterday from Adobe support telling me to install AAM from this link and follow the instrufctions:  http://helpx.adobe.com/creative-suite/kb/error-application-manager-needed-cs5.html


                            Haven't tried it yet.  SJFWW - did they give you a similar link, and if so, did it work for you?

                            • 12. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                              Stu.Farnham Level 1



                              Thanks for the reply, it helped me resolve my problem.


                              Like you, I could run PSCS6 despite the error. What I can't do is uninnstall or, more important, update it -- or PSCS5, which did not display the error on startup. I needed to install the ACR 6.7 and ACR 7.1 updates so I could get support for the Canon 5d MKIII. The AAM error prevented the updater from running.I spent another couple of hours on the phone with Adobe yesterday morning. We tried AAM 6.1, which did nothing. The support engineer gathered some logs and I have not heard any more.


                              I was pretty sure I dod not create an alias for AAM, but I checked anyway; I didn't. What I did notice. however, that access both /Applications/Utilities/Adobe Application Manager/ and /Library/Application Support/Adobe/OOBE/ (which contains a symlink to /Applications/Utilities/Adobe Application Manager/PDApp/) were owned by System/Wheel and had rwxr-x--- access. I modified the protection (recursively) to rwxr-xr-x and -- hooray! -- my problem is solved.


                              smoddheim, I doiownloaded from the same link Martin used.



                              • 13. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                                smoddelm Level 1

                                Thanks, but that link is for the MAC.  I'm on Win 7.  I have the same problem with AAM 6.1 that I had with 6.0 - "Installer failed to initialize..."

                                • 14. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                                  smoddelm Level 1

                                  Solution finally from talking to Adobe!  The person who had me deleting the files in the OOBE folder (one-by-one) apparently didn't know, as I also t, that even without permissions that would allow the folder to be deleted in its entirety, it could be moved to another location on my hard drive.  Once I moved it from Common Files/Adobe, I was able to install CS6 and launch it without any AAM issues.

                                  • 15. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                                    Stu.Farnham Level 1

                                    I can't believe it ... it's back...


                                    This morning I installed a copy of Premiere Elements 9 that I have had since last year but never reinstalled when I got my new system.


                                    Now ... "Adobe Application Manager is missing or damaged."


                                    First thing I checked for was the permissions problem from last time around, no such luck. I've also tried installing AAM 6.1 with the same result. I'm going to try smoddeim's trick of moving the OOBE folder.


                                    It's still hard for me to believe that Adobe continues to allow such a critical component to be so fragile. Reports of problems with AAM have been circulating since at least CS5, yet Abode has done nothing that I can see to resolve them and their support staff have very little notion of how to troubleshoot/resolve.


                                    This time I will save myself a lot of aggravation and chase the problem myself instead of calling Adobe support.

                                    • 16. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                                      smoddelm Level 1

                                      I believe moving the OOBE folder will do the trick.  Post again and let us know.

                                      • 17. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                                        Stu.Farnham Level 1

                                        Moved the OOBE folder(s)


                                        Didn't solve it.


                                        then reinstalled AAM


                                        Didn't solve it.


                                        Fortunately I am operational for now -- until the next time I need to do an update -- so I will mess with this more when I have time..

                                        • 18. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell

                                          Had same problem on machine running Windows7.

                                          After 2 days of fiddling around I ended up to uninstall and re-install ALL (!!) Adobe Applications.


                                          This post convinced me to take the path of re-install:



                                          All is well now.

                                          • 19. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                                            George in Seattle Level 1

                                            That is no solution. They need to FIX this buggy peice of software:


                                            • 20. Re: PSCS6: stuck in "Adobe Application Manager is Missing or Damaged" hell
                                              bjf5242635 Level 1

                                              I had the same problem and actually had a live chat with a rep who knew what to do.  Here is the transcription of the chat.  Sorry for all the extra stuff but I am just cutting and pasting.  Worked great.


                                              Santosh: I will be glad to help you

                                              Barbara: Thanks. I sure hope so.

                                              Santosh: You're welcome

                                              Santosh: Close Adobe related open program

                                              Barbara: The only thing that was opened was the application manager. Do you see anything else opened. I did close that just now.

                                              Santosh: Open task manager

                                              Barbara: I don't see a Task manager. Is that the same as the application manager?

                                              Santosh: No

                                              Santosh: Right-click on task bar and select start task manager

                                              Barbara: Okay. Now I know what you mean. I was looking for an Adobe product. It's open.

                                              Santosh: Click the processes tab

                                              Barbara: Okay.

                                              Santosh: Now verify if any Adobe related services are listed within processes list

                                              Barbara: Will they say Adobe because if so , I don't see any.

                                              Santosh: Thank you for confirming.

                                              Santosh: Open OS C drive

                                              Barbara: Okay, opened.

                                              Santosh: Open program files x 86 folder

                                              Barbara: Okay, done.

                                              Santosh: Open common files folder

                                              Barbara: Done.

                                              Santosh: Open Adobe folder

                                              Barbara: Done.

                                              Santosh: Rename OOBE folder as oldOOBE

                                              Barbara: Done

                                              Santosh: Open Control panel

                                              Barbara: The Microsoft Control panel?

                                              Santosh: Yes

                                              Barbara: When I do that (from the Start button) it covers our chat. How else can I access it?

                                              Santosh: Resize the chat window, then try opening control panel.

                                              Santosh: Let me know if this helps.

                                              Barbara: Yup, that worked. Thanks. Of course it won't stay open so I need you to tell me what to open on the control panel.

                                              Santosh: You're welcome

                                              Santosh: Now select the program and features window

                                              Barbara: Okay, done.

                                              Santosh: Or uninstall a program widnow

                                              Santosh: *Window

                                              Santosh: Do you see Adobe Application Manager or Creative Cloud listed within the uninstall a program window?

                                              Barbara: No, I don't see either of them.

                                              Santosh: Thank you for confirming

                                              Santosh: https://creative.adobe.com/products/creative-cloud

                                              Barbara: Do you want me to open that link?

                                              Santosh: Click this link

                                              Santosh: Yes

                                              Santosh: Download Creative cloud

                                              Santosh: Follow the on screen installation to install Creative Cloud and it will get installed.

                                              Santosh: After that you will be prompted to sign in with the subscription email address id

                                              Santosh: Let me know once you have downloaded/installed and signed in successfully.

                                              Santosh: We will then be able to download the Photoshop CC which is available for Creative Cloud subscription.

                                              Barbara: I have a slow DSL connection so please be patient. I sure wish it was faster. ;-)

                                              Santosh: Sure

                                              Santosh: I am glad to help you.

                                              Santosh: You can just inform me the information displaying on your computer and I will also help you with further information.

                                              Barbara: It just says downloading creative cloud desktop.

                                              Santosh: Okay

                                              Barbara: Looks to be about 1/8th finished.

                                              Santosh: Okay

                                              Barbara: Sorry this takes so long.

                                              Santosh: That's ok

                                              Barbara: not even 1/4 through yet.

                                              Santosh: Okay

                                              Barbara: now about 1/4

                                              Santosh: Okay

                                              Barbara: about 1/3

                                              Santosh: Ok

                                              Barbara: DSL lines really teach patience, don't they?

                                              Santosh: There might be possible the connection is slow and there might be technical issue within the area coverage.

                                              Santosh: May I know the internet speed which is subscribed with your connection?

                                              Barbara: It's supposed to be 1.5 mgs but the actual download time is usually 75-150 k. Ridiculous!

                                              Santosh: I would suggest you to cross check with the internet service provider for the connectivity status.

                                              Santosh: When you try to download Photoshop CC the download will be performed online.

                                              Barbara: Very old rural phone lines.

                                              Santosh: Okay. You are using the connection through the phone line.

                                              Barbara: Yes, I know it will be that.

                                              Barbara: About 1/2 done.

                                              Santosh: Okay.

                                              Santosh: Are you using a laptop?

                                              Barbara: No, a desktop.

                                              Santosh: Okay.

                                              Santosh: May I know if you are also having any portable internet connection such as wireless data internet device?

                                              Barbara: Do you mean wifi? Or an iPad, phone, etc.

                                              Barbara: Actually getting very close to done now

                                              Santosh: Ok.

                                              Barbara: Okay, installer closed

                                              Santosh: Please give me two minutes

                                              Barbara: Okay, signed into Creative Cloud Desktop

                                              Santosh: Thank you for staying online

                                              Barbara: You are welcome

                                              Santosh: Barbara, the download size for Photoshop CC will be around 1.1 GB

                                              Santosh: Depending upon the internet speed the download might take serveral hours to complete the download.

                                              Santosh: The download will work however you might experience slow download.

                                              Barbara: okay as long as I can install it. I am actually used to that. I just walk away and let it do it. Should I disable the screen saver or the firewall.

                                              Santosh: Yes

                                              Santosh: This will help the download to increase the connection speed.

                                              Santosh: From Apps tab, you will see Photoshop CC with ''install'' option

                                              Santosh: Click on it

                                              Barbara: okay. It loaded a bar but is at 0%

                                              Barbara: Will it take time to start? It doesn't seem to be doing anything.

                                              Santosh: Barbara, we will disconnect the chat for present so we can allow the internet to completely allow the download to save faster.

                                              Santosh: You can contact us with case number for any further technical issue

                                              Santosh: I will keep this case open.

                                              Santosh: You can leave the computer connected and running idle.

                                              Santosh: Once you see the download completed you will see the program icon.

                                              Barbara: Okay, what is the case number?

                                              Barbara: I need the case number.

                                              Barbara: Okay, it is running. Is at one %. Should I deactivate my regular PS6 after the CC is installed.

                                              Santosh: The Photoshop CS 6 is another product

                                              Santosh: You can keep both the product running on same computer

                                              Barbara:  I see that I need to install Bridge CC separately. Is that correct?

                                              Santosh: Yes the bridge CC needs to be downloaded separately

                                              Santosh: You may choose to print or email a copy of this chat transcript by using the options at the top right corner of this chat window.


                                              Hope this helps.  Application Manager is actually working now also.  Very weird.