This document can help you to resolve system errors that occur while you install Adobe Photoshop CS3 on Windows Vista. System errors can manifest in many different ways, including (but not limited to) the following:
- A blank or flickering dialog box
- A frozen cursor or screen
- A blue screen
- An unexpected restart
- An error such as the following:
"This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. If the problem persists, contact the program vendor."
"MS Setup Toolkit API Error, Bad Arg 3:AddSectionFiles to CopyList."
"Not enough disk space on target drive while decompressing to [pathname]."
"Setup is unable to initialize the setup program. There may be a scripting error."
"Setup is unable to load the installation script file."
"Unable to create a directory under C:\Windows\System. Please check write-access to the directory."
"X:\ unavailable." (where "X" is the drive letter for your CD-ROM drive)
"Device not ready."
"Error reading CD-ROM."
"Error reading device X:\" (where "X" is the drive letter for your CD-ROM drive.)
Different factors can interfere with installation of Adobe Photoshop CS3, including conflicts among device drivers, software, and hardware, and corrupt elements in specific files. System variables can also interfere with installation. Make sure that your computer meets the system requirements for Adobe Photoshop CS3.
Following the tasks in this document can help resolve these issues, and can help you identify the source of installation problems.
The troubleshooting section begins with solutions for the most common problems and progresses to solutions for less common problems (hardware conflicts, for example). You should work through the solutions in the order presented to eliminate possible sources of the problem. Keep track of the tasks you perform and the results of each task, including errors or problematic behavior. Adobe Technical Support can use this information to better assist you, should you need to call.
If none of the suggested solutions resolve the problem, the Advanced troubleshooting section provides tips and references for further troubleshooting.
You must be logged on as an administrator to perform some of the procedures in this document.
Important: Some of the procedures in this document may initiate a User Access Control dialog that asks for your permission to continue. Read the details in the dialog to determine if you want to continue. If you choose to cancel the dialog, then you will not be able to continue with that troubleshooting step.
Note: The procedures in this document are based on the default interface of Windows Vista. If the interface is customized, then 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.
The steps in this document that refer to the Control Panel are in reference to the Classic view.
To switch to Classic View: