Re-install. Make sure you're clicking on the right exe file.
What Rick said. That behavior is typical of an install that went wrong.
I uninstalled and re-installed twice already, and when it (the "finished" window) gives me the option to launch After Effects after the install has completed, I click it, and the render engine program starts up. OR, even if I exit the installer, then try to open the AfterFX.exe, the render engine still starts up instead.
What OS? What Version of AE? What kind of a machine? What other Adobe products are installed?
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, SP1
AE CS6 Trial
12 cores (3 Xeon processors)
12 gb ram
ATI FirePro 2260
No other Adobe products installed
This machine is purely for processing power and rendering our 3D and AE projects
I'm having the same issue! any resolution?
I never resolved this
I have no idea if it's a registry key issue (probably the case?), a hardware issue, product registration issue..etc.
This was a short-term problem that I wanted solved ( I needed to open my project in the full version ASAP, but didn't have it installed on any other machine ), but instead we just expedited the long-term solution (below).
I really only needed the 12-core machine for rendering, so we ended up installing AE6 on a laptop that I can work from (the full version installed and opened up with no problems), and we use the 12-core machine ONLY for rendering - no actual project file work. Because of that, the render engine is all that needs to open on the 12-core machine.
Nevertheless... definitely a frustrating and confusing issue.
There was a file "ae_render_only_node.txt" located at (on the Mac) /Users/Shared/Adobe/ae_render_only_node.txt. I deleted it and, AF opens up normal! Yeah!!! Iwould search your HD for that filename and delete it .
Haha... that makes so much sense... I'm an idiot. Should have been the first thing I looked for. Thanks!
The fix for Mac OS applies to Windows, only you will find it in the folder \Users\Public\Adobe\ folder. The ae_render_only_node.txt file is sitting there as plain as day.