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I guess the first two obvious things are New Admin and Selective Startup.
Go to Control Panel>User Account.
Create a new account.
Name it something like "test" and give it admin privileges.
Go to Start>Run and type in MSConfig.
Click on the Services tab and check the box that says "Hide all Microsoft Services".
Press Disable All.
Put a check back into FlexNet Licensing Service.
Click the Startup Tab.
Press Disable All.
Restart when it asks.
When it restarts log onto that new admin and try again.
Let us know what happens.
Try disabling any antivirus software before installing.
Thanks Ender, will give that a shot.
Dave, no antivirus enabled on this PC as it's not connected (I screen SW downloads through my work notebook.. :) ...
I created a new Admin account and turned off MS and Startups as above and got exactly the same result. Just a flash of the install screen about 90% of the way through the System Profile check.
This is a bit of a long shot. After the screen flashes do this:
Put the cursor in the center of the screen and hit the up arrow on your keyboard.
Also, do you have a dual monitor setup?
>PS Setup window flashes up for barely a second, then the install hangs, ie no further progress with the Checking System Profile (left if for 20 mins or so).
there were cases with cs3 where it hung for up to an hour then continued. i'd let it go while you go eat dinner and watch a movie.
I searched around and found a CS4 cleanup utility. I'm running that now as I found CS4 listed as a program and I could not remove it. After that I'll try the 2 suggestions above.
Thanks for the help
I confirmed that CS4 no longer exists in the Programs although the cleanup file didn't find it. Reran Setup and got the same issue. Going to leave it while I have dinner now. Will try your other suggestion Ender when I get back in a few hrs....
3 * hrs and the check sys profile bar is still there. I tried the ALT space and got a restore, move minimize, dialog which closed once I hit M (for Move?). I do have dual screens and both are working so there were no hidden windows.
PS4 is back in my program list (from Add/Remove in the Control panel). If I try to remove it the CS4 Setup window appears but then crashes. If I try to do a Change/Remove while the sys profile bar is open it says it can only install one Adobe product at a time and to complete the other installation 1st.
I had a feeling you had dual screens. Restart your computer to get past the silly 1 setup at a time error.
When it's back try these steps:
a)right click your desktop and choose properties
b)click the settings tab
c)disable your secondary monitor
e)choose the troubleshoot tab
f)if you are able to move the slider bar, move it all the way to the left
g)click OK on both windows
h)restart when it asks
Try to install once again once it has restarted. If it fails, download the Video card drivers from the manufactures website (Date on the driver should be October 15 or near it).
The steps I'm suggesting are kind of random, but the issue your having has happened to a few folks already, and I have not yet seen a fix.
Well thanks for the continued ideas, but no joy with either of these I'm afraid.
I killed my 2nd monitor and reduced the res of my primary and got the same problem. I downloaded the latest driver (ATI Radeon 550) and installed it and the same again.
Mike, I had a very similar issue when installing PS CS4, except I did get an error message when the progress bar reached 90%. Maybe you do not get this message because yours is an upgrade install (mine was the full version)?
Anyway, you might want to take a look at this thread that describes the problem and a link to a solution if yours turns out to be the same kind of problem:
Best of luck,
If you never have had any of the Betas on your system, the stuff suggested on the Dreamweaver pages should have no relevance at all. Neither should Ender's suggestions regarding dual screens. Folks, give some credit to the people at Adobe, they don't make such obvious mistakes twice... ;-) in the specific case it seems that some directory or files from a legacy Adobe product are in a "locked" state and the installer will not get it released. If so, I recommend you check
a) TypeSupport, PDFL and Fonts under C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe
b) your Windows font directory.
Rename the possibly offending folders or move them to a different location and remove every font that belongs to an Adobe product (Minion, Myriad, Adobe Garamond and a ton of others) If this does not resolve the matter, it's time to make use of your free support calls, which you are perfectly entitled to.
Mylenium, how do I figure out if any them are offensive? None are dated later than 5/2007
If you don't know the exact answer then you don't know what is, and what is not relevant. Also, I know Adobe a little better than you think.
So, that being said let me elaborate.
Anytime you have a screen that quickly appears and disappears and is then followed by a hang it can be caused by an off screen dialog.
Now, if you think its fonts, the best way to handle it is to remove all fonts except for what is listed in this doc:
The reality is that no one yet knows the answer to this issue. The issue cropped up for DW CS4 Beta, but most of the solutions for that don't apply here.
I've been dragging through the installer mud for CS4 ever since a sunny summer day in 2007, so I clearly know some of that stuff... ;-) And sorry to say so, it's simply not the off-screen dialog problem in most of these cases (which a look at the installer logs would very likely confirm). We can discuss this further off-list, if you feel like it, so shoot me a mail to mylenium|-|at|-|mylenium.de. I sure would like to get to know some of the Photoshop-Aliens a bit better (as someone rooted in the video, compositing and 3D world) :-D
Simply move them all out of the way or rename them and see what happens. The installer will create the folders again if needed and if e.g. you still need to run CS3, simply renaming/moving them back to their original state will still work (as long as you don't touch any folders related to licensing or shared core functions such as Anchor Service or Linguistics). If you're not feeling adventurous, then call support, they will provide you with more detailed explanations and hold your hand ;-)
Thanks Mylenium. I'm not home this week so I'll have to wait until Friday I think before I can try anything else, but I'll follow up. I have also logged the problem with Adobe Support and I'm waiting to hear from them.
Back again with no progress:
I saw a tryout version of CS4 was released (mine is an upgrade but I now think they are essentially the same file) so while I was away I downloaded and installed it on another machine. Install was OK. I pulled the video card from that machine and brought it home, installed it with an updated driver using the version of CS4 I downloaded. Same problem.
Reverted to an old restore point, same problem (with the new CS4 dl).
Did a temp file clean up (very little there as my machine is not on line) and checked defrag (didn't need one, has 170gb free).
So I've worked through everything that support emailed me (very little other than check the kbs). The installed logs have a couple of minor confusing (to me) errors, but they appear simply to be saying that they are ignoring 64 bit version of payloads..which I assume should be expected.
I have not tried messing with fonts yet, that might be a next step, or a Windows repair, but with SP3 on my machine and the original XP disk that might not go well.
At this point, I would back up everything important to another drive and bite the bullet..clean install of XP. Yeah, it's a pain. But in the 7 days you have been messing with it, you would be up and running. The suggestions offered here so far are rather comprehensive so if it still won't install...
You might also first run some clean up and maintenance utilities, among them CHKDSK:
A utility that looks at the Registry and removes the crap can be used as well. My favorite:
I'm doing a clean install now with a full format. I ran CHKDSK and it did find a corrupted something, but I still got the same problem.
After reinstalling XP I'll run SP3 update and the new video driver then try CS4 to begin with.
Corrupted "Something? Did it isolate that sector or leave it alone?
I ran CHKDSK in fix mode after a reboot (ie not read only)...not sure what it did as I missed the finish.
I've just finished a full re-format of C: and re-install of XP. The video driver is updated and SP3 is 1/2 way through install so I should be ready to try CS4 again shortly.
Success! No issues, installed LR 2.1 right after and that was OK (was before as well). Now I need to spend all day tomorrow getting printer and other SW up and working again.....for now I need a drink...!
Tip one for me Mike! :-)
What a hassle...So, what you saying is the only fix to this situation is to uninstall windows? Sorry, it's not worth it to me...I had the same issue installing CS3, so I thought that ADOBE would fix this issue with CS4, and to my surprise, when I tried installing CS4 the exact same issue came up...I tried all the "so called" "fixes" that are mentioned above and came up empty. I draw the line at reinstalling windows in order to get a piece of software to install...Shame on you ADOBE for making a installation package that uses FLASH. I'm so done with PhotoShop.
Yes, wasn't my idea of fun either :) I lost 1/2 my weekend by the time I'd reinstalled, recalibrated, reprofile etc....
I lost count of the number of times I (re)installed NT 3.5/4 years ago, but this is the 1st time I've ever had a problem with PS and I'm a user since 3.05
I built this PC 2 years or so ago, but it's NEVER been connected to the internet, so the only "bloat" is software I've installed...all related to photography.
Been sitting here like the rest of you trying to get CS4 Master Collection installed with the same problem. Hanging on "Checking System Profile..." for 2.5 hours. I've tried the clean up utility and have disabled everything to no avail. Does this mean I have to reinstall everything from scratch again like Mike? For the money it should at least tell you what is causing the problem. Can the programmers at Adobe not build in a bit of edit checking and debugging routines. I'd be fired if this sort of thing happened with the code I write.
> I built this PC 2 years or so ago, but it's NEVER been connected to the internet
That could be your answer right there!
Hi there guys.
Seems like you have som of the same problems as I experience in Vista.
Seems like the thing to do is to ;
explore the dvd,right-click on the inst.exe-file,ant choose "run as administrator"
Normally this is an issue in vista,but it also appears in xp running the latest service-packs...
Well, the other system that I was able to install PS4 on OK had also never been connected.....and in fact was even older .. :)
Yes I tried that, as well as trying from a new account with admin privs (and my own account already has admin privs)...none of those things worked.
Just downloaded the CS4 trial and I am having the exact same promblem Mike had. Have any solutions to this problem been found other than installing the OS from scratch? I would really like to avoid that if possible.
Possibly of interest in john Nack's Adobe blog:
Notes from Adobe installer management
I have an almost new Imac that has the same install problem. Anyone come up with a solution for this with an Apple computer. I have a second Imac that it installed just fine on.
You might ask that on the Photoshop Mac forum; this one is for Windows issues.