This document can help you resolve problems that interrupt the installer for Adobe Creative Suite 4 on Windows XP. These problems can manifest themselves in many different ways, including (but not limited to) a frozen cursor or screen, or an error.
Please note that this document does not address problems related to serial numbers. For these problems, contact Adobe Customer Service.
Different factors can interrupt the installation of an application, including the AutoPlay feature in Windows, a conflicting application, incorrect data in the Windows registry, or hardware problems. Although a system error may occur only when you work with Adobe Creative Suite 4, Adobe Creative Suite may not necessarily be the cause--it may be the only application that uses enough memory or processor cycles to expose the problem.
To benefit most from this document, perform the tasks in order. Keep track of the tasks that you perform and the results of each, including errors and other problems. Adobe Technical Support can use this information to better assist you if you need to call.
Note: The procedures in this document are based on the default interface of Windows XP. If the interface is customized, some procedures may vary. For example, a commonly encountered difference is the navigation to Control Panel from the Start menu: You may navigate Start > Settings > Control Panel instead of Start > Control Panel. Additionally, the procedures in this document assume you are using the Classic View of the Control Panel: To view the Control Panel in the Classic View, click Switch To Classic View on the Control Panel navigation bar on the left side of the window.
Some of these procedures may require you to locate hidden files, hidden folders, or files by their full file names, which include extensions (for example, example_filename.ini). By default, Windows Explorer doesn't show hidden files, hidden folders, and file name extensions that it recognizes.
See "Show hidden files, hidden folders, and all file name extensions in Windows Explorer (Windows XP)" (Technote kb404856) for details.
The tasks in this section can help you resolve the most common installation problems. Before performing any of these tasks, back up all personal files.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 may not run correctly on a system that does not meet the system requirements. For system requirements, please refer to, "System Requirements for Adobe Creative Suite 4 or Point Products" (TechNote kb406240.)
See "Install current Windows service packs and other updates (Windows Vista)" (TechNote kb405107) for details.
Dust or dirt on a DVD can interfere with installation and prevent the DVD-ROM drive from recognizing the DVD. Examine the Adobe Creative Suite DVDs for dirt, dust, or fingerprints. Gently wipe the bottom of each DVD from the center outward with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Verify that the DVD-ROM drive can read other DVDs. If it can't, examine the DVD caddy or loading tray for dirt, and clean it with a lint-free cloth. If it still can't read other DVDs, contact the DVD-ROM drive manufacturer or the computer manufacturer.
If you encounter a specific error message during the installation check the Adobe Installation Support Center for knowledgebase articles on installation errors. We have developed a tool to anaylze your installation and provide TechNotes for your issue. We recommend you download and run the Adobe Install Support Utility, which will assist you to find the cause and solution for errors which occur during the installation process.
If the tasks in the previous section don't solve the problem, then try the following intermediate troubleshooting tasks.
Software and services that load automatically with Windows (for example, virus protection utilities) can conflict with the Creative Suite 4 installer and cause problems in Creative Suite 4. To prevent conflict, reinstall Creative Suite 4 while Windows is in simplified mode doesn't resolve the issue, try installing and running Creative Suite 4 on a different computer, or on a different hard drive.
- Copy the Adobe CS4 folder from the DVD to the folder you created on your desktop.
- If there are multiple discs to your installation, please refer to, "Install Adobe Creative Suite 4 and Point Products from the desktop (Windows XP and Vista)" (TechNote kb403963.)
Create a new user account that has the same permissions as the account that you use when the problem occurs. If the problem doesn't recur, then the original user account may be damaged. For instructions on creating a new user account, see "To add a new user to the computer" in Windows Help or contact your system administrator.
Windows and applications store working data in temporary (.tmp) files that they create on the hard disk. Excessive or outdated temporary files can interfere with performance of Windows or applications.
Delete temporary files by using the Disk Cleanup utility included with Windows. To start Disk Cleanup, choose Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup. For information about Disk Cleanup, see Windows Help.
See "Repair and defragment hard disks (Windows XP)" (TechNote kb404981) for details.
Use current anti-virus software (for example, Symantec Norton AntiVirus or McAfee VirusScan) to check the system for viruses. Virus infections can damage software and cause system errors. For more information, see the documentation for the anti-virus software.
The Adobe Creative Suite 4 installer is designed to create an installation log of the actions performed on the machine.
Try to install Adobe Creative Suite 4 on a different computer to determine if the problem is unique to your computer. If you are able to install Adobe Creative Suite 4 on a different computer, contact the computer manufacturer. If the problem occurs on multiple computers, contact Adobe Technical Support.
You can see if other Adobe customers have a similar problem by visiting the User-to-User Forums. If you confirm that other users have experienced the same problem, then Adobe Technical Support may be able duplicate and research the problem.
If none of the above steps has resolved the error or freeze that you are experiencing with Adobe Creative Suite 4 or Point Product, then you need to contact Adobe Technical Support. You can find the support options at the Adobe Support Center.