The Adobe Support Advisor, or ASA, is a small application that analyzes failed installations of Creative Suite products, Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Elements, Adobe Technical Communication Suite, and downloads from the Adobe.com Store. The ASA reads the installation log file of the product and gives direct links to support articles with instructions for solving the identified problem. The ASA also helps if you need assistance from Adobe technical support. It collects all of the relevant technical information about your system and installed Adobe software and can upload this information directly to the technical support team.
Download and install the Adobe Support Advisor
Note: It's necessary to log in to your computer as an administrative user to download and install the ASA.
Note: If you are prompted that an older version of the Adobe Support Advisor is installed, click Replace.
Troubleshoot install errors using the Adobe Support Advisor
- Open the Adobe Support Advisor.
By default, when the Adobe Support Advisor starts, it analyzes your last installation attempt. If you'd like to turn off this option, click the Preferences button and deselect Autorun Diagnostics At Launch. Click the small x in the upper-right corner of the application window to close Preferences.
- If ASA cannot match an error in the installation log file with a support article that contains a solution, click the Package For Support button.
Packaging your issue enables Adobe Technical Support to quickly access the information on your failure. It also reduces the amount of time it takes to troubleshoot your installation issue if you call.
When you package your information, the ASA generates a key, or token. Adobe uses the token to identify your installation log, a summary of the errors identified, and some basic system information.
Have the token number available if you contact Adobe to open a support case.
Information uploaded by the ASA
The ASA uploads files to Adobe under two circumstances: when you click Package For Support and when you exit the ASA tool.
Package For Support compresses and uploads the following information in a ZIP file:
- The installation log for the last complete installation attempt, including information on the PDapp, amt3, oobelib, Creative Suite Installation log, and so on.
- An XML summary file that contains error IDs and snippets of information about the error messages
- System information, including the version of the OS
If you choose to send Adobe an issue report when you exit the ASA, only the XML summary file is uploaded.