Fix error code 160 while installing Creative Cloud apps | Advanced steps for Windows

Getting error 160 when installing your Creative Cloud app on Windows? If you are an experienced user, follow the given steps.

What does getting error 160 mean?

When you try to install a Creative Cloud app, you get the following error message:

Exit Code: 160
-------------------------------------- Summary --------------------------------------
- 2 fatal error(s), 0 error(s), 2 warnings(s)
FATAL: Error (Code = 160) executing in command 'SetRegistryValueCommand' for package:
'AdobePhotoshop17-Core_x64', version:
FATAL: Error occurred in install of package (Name: AdobePhotoshop17-Core_x64 Version:
Error code: '160'
WARN: Error Setting Registry - Start 64-bit:1 root:2
key:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\Photoshop.exe name:Default
type:REG_SZ data:C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5\Photoshop.exe. Check for
Registry permissions. (Error: Error 5 Access is denied.)

This issue occurs when you do not have required permissions on registry keys.

How do I fix error 160?

  1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run command window. In the Open box, type regedit and then select OK.

    Run regedit

  2. Navigate to the registry key that you see in the error mentioned in the message.

    Navigate to registry key

  3. Right-click on the registry key and select Permissions.


  4. Under Group or user names, select the user to whom you want to grant full control of the registry key.

  5. Under Permissions for name, where name represents the name of the user to whom you are granting full control of the key, select the Allow check box for Full Control.

    Full control

  6. If you are not able to grant the permissions, select Advanced and check the owner of the registry. Change it from “System” to the user account with which you are logged in. Select Replace Owner On Subcontainers And Objects and select OK.

    Change owner

  7. Repeat these steps for the complete registry tree.

    For instance, in the above example follow these steps for each sub-tree in SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths.


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