System components can conflict with the Adobe Creative Suite installer and result in an incomplete or failed installation. System components can include a numerous hardware and software devices such as DVD-ROMs, device drivers, and virus protection utilities. To prevent these conflicts, install Adobe Creative Suite from the desktop. Creating a desktop installation point can also be used for an installation source for silent installation source.

Create a desktop installation point from your DVD or electronic software download (ESD) media. After you have created the desktop installation point, install the Adobe Creative Suite 4. The instructions below guide you through the process of creating a desktop installation point and then installing Creative Suite 4.

Important: When you repair or remove Creative Suite 4 installations, make sure that you have the original source media. If you install from the desktop, it's necessary that the desktop installation point exists for future repair or removal. If you delete the CS4 desktop installation, then it's necessary to re-create the original desktop installation point before you perform the repair or removal.

Create a desktop installation point from the DVD or electronic media

  1. Copy the contents of Disc 1 to a hard drive location:

    Note: You can paste the Adobe Creative Suite 4 folder  in another location. After completing this process, you can move the Adobe CS4 to another location. You can also rename the Adobe CS4 folder for convenience.

    • For physical media:
      1. Insert the first Adobe Creative Suite 4.0 disc 1 into the DVD-ROM drive.

        Note: Most of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 products only contain one installation disc.
      2. Close the Adobe Creative Suite 4 AutoPlay dialog box.
      3. Click Start, and then click Computer (Windows Vista) or My Computer (Windows XP).
      4. Right-click the DVD-ROM, and then select Open.
      5. Right-click Adobe CS4 folder, and then select Copy.
      6. Close the Adobe Creative Suite 4 folder.
      7. Right-click the desktop, and then select Paste.
    • For electronically downloaded media:
      1. Download the executable for the software.

        Note: Most of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 products only contain one electronically downloaded archive.
      2. Double-click the executable file and follow the onscreen instructions. 
  2. Copy the contents of the payloads folder from the remaining discs to the hard drive location:
    • For physical media:
      1. Insert the next Adobe Creative Suite 4.0 disc into the DVD-ROM drive.
      2. Close the Adobe Creative Suite 4 AutoPlay dialog box.
      3. Click Start, and then click Computer (Windows Vista) or My Computer (Windows XP).
      4. Right-click the DVD-ROM, and then select Open.
      5. Double-click the Adobe CS4 folder.
      6. Double-click the payloads folder.
      7. Press Ctrl+A to select all files in the folder, then press Ctrl+C.
      8. Close the Adobe Creative Suite 4 folder.
      9. Double-click the Adobe CS4 folder on the desktop.
      10. Double-click the payloads folder, then press Ctrl+V.

        Important: Select the option to overwrite all files if prompted.
      11. Close the Adobe CS4 folder.
    • For electronically downloaded media:
      1. Download the next executable for the software.
      2. Double-click the executable file and follow the onscreen instructions. The files are automatically extracted to your desktop.
      3. Double-click the extracted folder.
      4. Double-click the payloads folder.
      5. Press Ctrl+A to select all files in the folder, then press Ctrl+C.
      6. Close the Adobe Creative Suite 4 folder.
      7. Double-click the Adobe CS4 folder on the desktop.
      8. Double-click the payloads folder, then press Ctrl+V.

        Important: Select the option to overwrite all files if prompted.
      9. Close the Adobe CS4 folder.
  3. Repeat step 2 for any remaining disks or electronically downloaded files.
  4. Copy the contents of the extensions folder from the remaining discs to the hard drive location:

    Important: Repeat this process on the extensions folder for all of the discs copied in step 2.
    • For physical media:
      1. Insert the next Adobe Creative Suite 4.0 disc into the DVD-ROM drive.
      2. Close the Adobe Creative Suite 4 AutoPlay dialog box.
      3. Click Start, and then click Computer (Windows Vista) or My Computer (Windows XP).
      4. Right-click the DVD-ROM, and then select Open.
      5. Double-click the Adobe CS4 folder.
      6. Double-click the extensions folder.
      7. Press Ctrl+A to select all files in the folder, then press Ctrl+C.
      8. Close the Adobe Creative Suite 4 folder.
      9. Double-click the Adobe CS4 folder on the desktop.
      10. Double-click the extensions folder, then press Ctrl+V.

        Important: Select the option to overwrite all files if prompted.
      11. Close the Adobe CS4 folder.
    • For electronically downloaded media:
      1. Double-click the next extracted folder from step 2.
      2. Double-click the extensions folder.
      3. Press Ctrl+A to select all files in the folder, then press Ctrl+C.
      4. Close the Adobe Creative Suite 4 folder.
      5. Double-click the Adobe CS4 folder on the desktop.
      6. Double-click the extensions folder, then press Ctrl+V.

        Important: Select the option to overwrite all files if prompted.
      7. Close the Adobe CS4 folder.
  5. Repeat step 3 for any remaining disks or electronically downloaded files.

    Important: Repeat these steps for all of the discs or electronically downloaded files copied in step 2.

You have created a desktop installation or silent installation source. These files can be used for a desktop installation or in the silent installation workflow. Deployment software typically requires this type of installation source to deploy the product.

Install Creative Suite 4 from the desktop installation point

Before you install, close all applications running on your system, including other Adobe applications, Microsoft Office applications, IM clients, and Web browser windows.

  1. Open the Adobe CS4 folder on the desktop and double-click Setup.exe.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions to install Adobe Creative Suite 4 or point product.

    Important: If you are prompted to insert media during the installation process, then some items were not copied to the desktop. Repeat the steps in "Create a desktop installation point from the DVD or electronic media," above.  It's necessary that the contents of the payloads are combined into a single payloads folder. It's also necessary to complete this process for the extensions folder.

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