Full read/write access is required to the following directories to use Photoshop on the Windows operating system.

Note: To install Photoshop, installation requires a user account with full local Administrative rights.

To use scratch disk files, ICC profiles, preferences files, and application files, it's necessary to have read and write access to the folders listed below.

Note: On a 64-bit version of Windows, both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Photoshop are installed.

32-bit version of Photoshop on a 32-bit version of Windows

Folder Details
The root directory of any volume specified as a scratch disk location, unless the volume is assigned to the TEMP variable on the Environment tab of the System Control Panel. Photoshop scratch disk files, saved at the root level, allow background processing of open images.
  • Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\Color
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Color\Profiles
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Color\Profiles\Recommended
  • Users\[user name]\Application Data\Adobe\Color
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Color\Settings
  • Users\[user name]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Color
These folders contain color profiles or custom saved settings for color management in Photoshop.
Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop [Version] This folder contains application files, plug-in files, and saveable presets.
Note: This folder is the default installation directory, but can be changed during install.
  • Users\[user name]\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop [Version]\Adobe Photoshop [Version] Settings
  • Users\[user name]\Application Data\Adobe\AdobePhotoshop [Version]\Presets
This folder contains preferences settings.


User-specific custom presets are stored here.
Program Files\Common Files\Adobe This folder contains files that provide support for the Type tool, online features, color management, and workgroup files. The folder also contains the files that are shared among different products and is critical for proper operation.
The system Temp folder

Photoshop uses the system Temp folder for printing and installation purposes. Files can be written to the following folders:

  • Windows\Temp folder
  • the local folder in the Users\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp folder
  • a folder specified as the Windows TEMP variable on the Environment tab of the System Control Panel
Folders you access when saving or opening files Photoshop requires read and write access to all folders in which users save files.

32-bit version of Photoshop on a 64-bit version of Windows

Folder Details
The root directory of any volume specified as a scratch disk location, unless the volume is assigned to the TEMP variable on the Environment tab of the System Control Panel. Photoshop scratch disk files, saved at the root level, allow background processing of open images.
  • Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\Color
  • Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Color\Profiles
  • Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Color\Profiles\Recommended
  • Users\[user name]\Appdata\Roaming\Adobe\Color\Proofing
  • Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Color\Settings
  • Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Color
These folders contain color profiles or custom saved settings for color management in Photoshop.
Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop This folder contains application files, plug-in files, and saveable presets.
Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop This folder contains preferences settings.
  • Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe
This folder contains files that provide support for the Type tool, online features, color management, and workgroup files.
The system Temp folder

Photoshop uses the system Temp folder for printing and installation purposes. Files can be written to the following folders:

  • Windows\Temp folder
  • the local folder in the Users\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp folder
  • a folder specified as the Windows TEMP variable on the Environment tab of the System Control Panel.
Folders you access when saving or opening files Photoshop requires read and write access to folders in which you save files.

64-bit version of Photoshop on a 64-bit version of Windows

Folder Details
The root directory of any volume specified as a scratch disk location, unless the volume is assigned to the TEMP variable on the Environment tab of the System Control Panel. Photoshop scratch disk files, saved at the root level, allow background processing of open images.
  • Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\Color
  • Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Color\Profiles
  • Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Color\Profiles\Recommended
  • Users\[user name]\Appdata\Roaming\Adobe\Color\Proofing
  • Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Color\Settings
  • Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Color
These folders contain color profiles or custom saved settings for color management in Photoshop.
Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop This folder contains application files, plug-in files, and saveable presets.
Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop This folder contains preferences settings.
  • Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe
  • Program Files\Common Files\Adobe
This folder contains files that provide support for the Type tool, online features, color management, and workgroup files.
The system Temp folder

Photoshop uses the system Temp folder for printing and installation purposes. Files can be written to the following folders:

  • Windows\Temp folder
  • the local folder in the Users\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp folder
  • a folder specified as the Windows TEMP variable on the Environment tab of the System Control Panel.
Folders you access when saving or opening files Photoshop requires read and write access to folders in which you save files.

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