Then if I try to do the updates from the help menu itself, I get the following error:
File could not be downloaded
An unknown internet internet occurred
The updater under the Help menu in photoshop 7 won't work and hasn't for many years.
Is the error you get about finding the photoshop..exe when you try install the ps 7.0.1 update from the link above?
Did you try right clicking on the ps 7.0.1 updater and selecting Run as Administrator?
I think it used to work back in 2005-07 etc, but it does not in Win 10.
It doesn't matter what you download, it doesn't matter if you do it as administrator, and it doesn't matter if you do it as Win xp sp3, it simply doesn't work.
Anyway I've been using it for many years without the update, so it can't be that important.
Do you get some kind of error message when trying to install the 7.0.1 update?
Although the installation program plainly shows the path of \photoshop 7.0\, it states that it cannot find Photoshop, and asks for the correct path.
I cannot think why this happens (it's happened for the past 8+ years), maybe it has something to do with a .dll; but really I have no idea.
As I mentioned, however, I have been using Photoshop for all of this time and it works fine. So it probably doesn't matter much anyway.
On the other hand, if you worked out what the problem is, there's probably a few thousand people who would be interested; so you might achieve something.. Let's face it, Photoshop 7 was the last/best before it became upgraded to something more expensive. It works just great in Win 10!
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Your not going to like the answer, but the most likely cause is your ps 7 serial number has been blacklisted.
The ps 7 7.0.1 update includes all the blacklisted serials and won't install the update if it finds a particular copy of ps 7 has been serilized with one of those blacklisted serials.
That happen to a bunch of users back in the day when adobe blacklisted whole blocks of serials because of unscrupulous people posting ps 7 serials on the internet. Some earlier versions of photoshop before adobe had activation, sent user info back to adobe and that's how adobe knew all these serial numbers were being used illegally.
Back then if a legitimate user happen to get their serial blacklisted they could call adobe and get a new serial, but i'm sure that the time for doing that is long past.
I bet you're right.
I never thought of that. My copy is probably one of those, even though I've had it since about 2002.
Fortunately Photoshop 7.0 is such great software that it is completely useful and usable without any updating or upgrading.
(I wish I could say the same about Acrobat, which I have continued to buy legally, right up to version XI. Acrobat always has little glitches: Nothing too serious; it's just badly behaved and mildly irritating.)
PS I would have clicked on the green 'Correct' under your reply, except it's not there and I can't find it..