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11 Mar 2010   #1

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Can you install Photoshop 4.0 on Windows 7

I love Adobe Photoshop 4.0 and do not want to upgrade nor learn a new version. I need a new computer but am hestiate in getting Windows 7 Home Version if I can't install Adobe Photoshop 4.0 (release date 96-98). Has anyone had a successful install of this program?

Thank you for your help in advance.

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11 Mar 2010   #2

W7x64 Ult.
 
 

Try this. Copy your PS folder from XP or(?) to your flash drive. Transfer that folder to your x86 folder in 7. Make a shortcut to your start menu. Try to start it. It will tell you such and such .dll file cannot be found. There will be five to seven missing .dll's. Just Google and download each dll and place them in the photoshop folder. This is how I got PS 5.0 to run in my 7 x64.. It works fine for me. If you try a direct install you are probably going to hit a wall?
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11 Mar 2010   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Yes, if you plan to use Win 7 32 bit. I have Photoshop 4 running fine on a 32 bit Win 7 PC.

No, if you plan to use Win 7 64 bit. Photoshop 4 will not even install because it has a 16 bit installer and 16 bit apps will not run on 64 bit Win 7.

Photoshop 4 is the only app I have that won't work on 64 bit. I figured the advantages (?) of 64 bit were not worth what I would have to pay to upgrade to a newer Photoshop version.
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11 Mar 2010   #4

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Okay I will be buying this pc with the home version of Windows 7 pre-installed, so do I need to do something to switch it over to the 32 bit version if it is running the 64 bit?
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11 Mar 2010   #5

W7x64 Ult.
 
 

You don't install. You simply copy over to the x86 folder withe the rest of the 32 bit stuff. Then add the missing dll's to the PS folder. It works just fine. I have a few programs from the Win 95 days working just fine in 7 ULT x64. They will not install but they can be made to function very well via folder moving. They register themselves the first time you open them.
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11 Mar 2010   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Outlander View Post
You don't install. You simply copy over to the x86 folder withe the rest of the 32 bit stuff. Then add the missing dll's to the PS folder. It works just fine. I have a few programs from the Win 95 days working just fine in 7 ULT x64. They will not install but they can be made to function very well via folder moving. They register themselves the first time you open them.
Okay, I'm going to go ahead and buy the computer because it states on the website that it is the 64 bit version and do as you instructed by moving the files over to the x86 folder and ps folder. I'm trusting you on this one!!
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11 Mar 2010   #7

W7x64 Ult.
 
 

My advice... don't spend any money based on my trials. If you have the hardware and software on hand it won't hurt to take a shot. Don't forget I have 7 x64 Ultimate and Photoshop 5.0 sooooo your results may NOT be the same? Ult. has the WOW (Window on Windows?) feature for older programs. I don't know if all the versions have that Good Luck!
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11 Mar 2010   #8

Win7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Outlander View Post
My advice... don't spend any money based on my trials. If you have the hardware and software on hand it won't hurt to take a shot. Don't forget I have 7 x64 Ultimate and Photoshop 5.0 sooooo your results may NOT be the same? Ult. has the WOW (Window on Windows?) feature for older programs. I don't know if all the versions have that Good Luck!
I use PS 6.0 on 7x64 just fine. Although I've had it for a quite a few years and have just been transferring the PS folder comp to comp instead of installing it. Have never had an issue doing this.
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11 Mar 2010   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Outlander View Post
My advice... don't spend any money based on my trials. If you have the hardware and software on hand it won't hurt to take a shot. Don't forget I have 7 x64 Ultimate and Photoshop 5.0 sooooo your results may NOT be the same? Ult. has the WOW (Window on Windows?) feature for older programs. I don't know if all the versions have that Good Luck!
Okay, I was really interested in getting 4.0 to work. I have photoshop 7.0 but don't like the text tool at all.
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12 Mar 2010   #10

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@ outlander - thank you, thank you!! I bought the computer and did exactly what you instructed last night and it worked like a charm!! I was also able to install Photoshop 7.0 from the installation disc with no problem, but not 4.0 as you stated. So I just moved the PS 4.0 folders from comp to comp and it worked!! I also did this with another 16-bit program and that worked too!! Now I got a upgraded computer with more memory, better features and I get to still use my old programs!! Can't you see me smiling all the way from over here
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