Silently install (deploy) Adobe Photoshop Elements on Windows with an Adobe volume license (AVL) and allow for offline activation 

Note: Only Enterprise customers with an Adobe Open Options (AOO) volume license can perform the following procedures.

If you are deploying Photoshop Elements 13 or later, use the Creative Cloud Packager (CCP) instead of these instructions. You can find information about using CCP can here: Creative Cloud Packager.

Prepare for a silent installation

Some of these procedures require you to locate hidden files and folders, or to locate files by their full filenames, including extensions (for example, sample_filename.ini). By default, Windows Explorer does not show hidden files, hidden folders, and filename extensions that it recognizes. See Show hidden files, folders, and filename extensions.

On Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista, a User Access Control (UAC) prompt sometimes appears when the installer starts. To prevent the User Access Control prompt, disable UAC.

Silent install instructions

  1. Copy the Adobe Photoshop Elements folder from the Photoshop Elements installation DVD to your hard disk.

  2. Create an “application.xml.override” file:

    1. Open Notepad.

    2. Paste the following code into it.

      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
      <Configuration>
      <Payload>
      <Data key="installedLanguages">en_US,de_DE,fr_FR,ja_JP,zh_CN,es_ES,it_IT,nl_NL,sv_SE,pt_BR,pl_PL,cs_CZ,tr_TR,ru_RU,zh_TW,ko_KR</Data>
      <Data key="EULA">Suppress</Data> 
      <Data key="Updates">Suppress</Data>
      </Payload>
      </Configuration>
    3. Choose File > Save As.

    4. Choose Save As Type > All Files.

    5. Choose Encoding > UTF-8.

    6. Type “application.xml.override” in the File Name text box.

  3. Save a copy of the file to the two locations:

    • <Your setup location>\ElementsOrganizer\SupportFiles\payloads\EO[*]AMTLibSupport
    • <Your setup location>\SupportFiles\payloads\PSE[*]AMTLibSupport

    Note: The parameter “[*]” represents the version of Premiere Elements you installed.

  4. (Optional) Open the Setup.ini file from the “Adobe Photoshop Elements ” folder copied in Step 1 in Notepad and change it as follows:

    1. Set DISABLEOLSFEATURES to 1. A value of 1 (DISABLEOLSFEATURES=1) disables retail online services and to display available educational online services.

    2. Save the Setup.ini file and close Notepad.

  5. To start the installation, right-click the Windows Command Prompt utility. Select Run As Administrator, and navigate to the location containing the OEM.exe file.

    Type the following line with the appropriate modifications and press Enter:

    start/wait <Path to OEM.exe> /UL<LangCode> /V“SERIALNUMBER=<SerialNumber>"

    Replace <Path to OEM.exe> with the location of the OEM.exe in the Adobe Photoshop Elements folder copied from installation DVD in Step 1. If there are spaces in your folder name, ensure that you enclose the folder name in quotes.

    Replace <LangCode> with the appropriate four-digit language code:

    Brazilian Portuguese 1046
    Chinese Simplified 2052
    Czech 1029
    Dutch 1043
    English 1033
    French 1036
    German 1031
    Italian 1040
    Japanese 1041
    Polish 1045
    Russian 1049
    Spanish 1034
    Swedish 1053
    Turkish 1055
    ALL LANGUAGES ELEMENTS_ALL=1

    While installing all languages increases Photoshop Elements file size on disk, it launches in whatever language the OS is currently set to.

    Replace <AOO volume license serial number> with your 24-digit AOO volume license serial number. Be sure to include the dashes in the serial number.

    Below are the examples for the silent installation

    Example 1 (Single Language):

    If the path to your OEM.exe file is C:\Adobe Photoshop Elements 11\, your language is English, and your volume license serial number is 1111-1111-1111-1111-1111-1111, then your command is:

    start /wait "C:\Adobe Photoshop Elements 11\OEM.exe" /UL1033 /V"SERIALNUMBER=1111-1111-1111-1111-1111-1111"

    Press Enter.

    Example 2 (All locale):

    If the path to your OEM.exe file is C:\Adobe Photoshop Elements 11\, you want to have all locales installed and your volume license serial number is 1111-1111-1111-1111-1111-1111, then your command is:

    start /wait "C:\Adobe Photoshop Elements 11\OEM.exe" /UL1033 /V”ELEMENTS_ALL=1 SERIALNUMBER=1111-1111-1111-1111-1111-1111"

    Press Enter.

Verify a silent installation

To verify the silent install during the installation process, do the following:

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to open the Task Manager.
  2. Click the Processes tab. Observe that the Setup.exe is still listed (even if the CPU usage is at 0) and msiexec processes are running.
  3. The installation has finished once the Setup.exe process disappears from the list."Exit Code: 0” is displayed in Windows “Command Prompt” utility.
  4. To verify the installation after the silent install process finishes, verify that the following folders were added:
  • %drive%\Program Files\Adobe\Elements Organizer<version number>
  • %drive%\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements <version number>

Suppress the Adobe ID using APTEE for volume license users

The Adobe Provisioning Toolkit Enterprise Edition (APTEE) is a tool that helps serialize Adobe products through the command line.

To download APTEE, visit this link.

Now, run the commands below:

start/wait oem.exe /UL%uninstall lang% /V“ELEMENTS_ALL=1"

[Note: This command installs the application. If you’ve installed the application, maybe through the UI, skip this command]

Run the following two commands using APTEE tool to serialize the application through command line (type the commands as they are, replacing only the serial key instead of xxxx-xxxx …):

adobe_prtk.exe --tool=VolumeSerialize --generate --serial= --leid=”V7{}PhotoshopElements-EMT[*]-Win-GM” --regsuppress=ss

adobe_prtk.exe --tool=VolumeSerialize

Note: The parameter “[*]” represents the version of Photoshop Elements you installed.

OR

start/wait oem.exe /UL%uninstall lang% /V“ELEMENTS_ALL=1”

[Note: This command installs the application. If you’ve installed the application, maybe through the UI, skip this command]

Run the following two commands using APTEE tool to serialize the application through command line, explicitly providing the location of prov.xml file (type the commands as they are, replacing only the serial key instead of xxxx-xxxx …):

adobe_prtk.exe --tool=VolumeSerialize --generate --serial= --leid=”V7{}PhotoshopElements-EMT[*]-Win-GM” --regsuppress=ss --provfilepath=”C:\MyFolderName”

Note: The prov file (for "--provefilepath") is created in parallel with the tool in case its path is not specified but if it is, make sure that the path is given in the next command also

adobe_prtk.exe --tool=VolumeSerialize –-provfilepath=”C:\MyFolderName\prov.xml”

Note: The parameter “[*]” represents the version of Photoshop Elements you installed.

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