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Windows 7: Would Photoshop 7 from 2002 be compatible with Windows 7?

30 May 2012   #51
tanyafitness

7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I would like to revive this thread. I'm having the same issues as the original poster. Major problems. I've tried adding a new partition to the C Drive (making a volume called "P" for photoshop), of 2 GB. That didn't work. I've tried installing PS7 on both a USB flash drive, as well as a standard external drive. None of that seems to work. PLEASE HELP!

PS - my computer is one of these new Dells that has a 2 TB main hard drive, but also uses a smaller SSD drive for the operating system and, according to the sales guy, "most often used programs". Apparently, it moves the most frequently used programs over to the SSD in order to load faster. However, when viewing the system, it just appears as one drive of approx 1.8 GB. It doesn't really show what is on the SSD and what is on the traditional HD).


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30 May 2012   #52
ignatzatsonic

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See my post 16 in this thread. That is my personal experience. You may be able to work around it with virtual machines or registry hacks, but ordinarily you are out of luck on 64-bit. I think you need something from the CS series to install on 64-bit. Earlier versions have a 16-bit installer which won't run on 64-bit.
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30 May 2012   #53
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Tanya, you'd do better to create a new thread as hijacking an old one lessens your chances of getting help.

Well, according to the Windows 7 Compatibility Center, Photoshop 7 will run on the 32-bit version and the 64-bit version, but I have my doubts about the 64-bit version because of Photoshop 7's 16-bit architecture.

http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/com...ting&os=64-bit

You're wasting your time trying to install it on a flash drive or external drive, it needs to be installed on your Windows drive.

Right-click the installer.exe file and choose Run As Administrator, consider installing in Compatibility Mode for Windows XP SP3 and install it on your SSD.

We would need to see a screenshot of your disk management layout before we comment on your Dell setup, but chances are you're using a RAID configuration.
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30 May 2012   #54
tanyafitness

7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
See my post 16 in this thread. That is my personal experience. You may be able to work around it with virtual machines or registry hacks, but ordinarily you are out of luck on 64-bit. I think you need something from the CS series to install on 64-bit. Earlier versions have a 16-bit installer which won't run on 64-bit.
I appreciate the feedback. However, I'm not willing to throw in the towel just yet on PS7. I don't really want to go thru an all new learning curve with CS products. I have a workflow down for PS7 and I'd like to stick with it, if possible.

One question for you.... You mention the "installer" being 16-bit.... but the installation isn't the problem. The program seems to have installed properly - it just doesn't want to RUN properly. Or maybe I'm wrong and we're referring to the same issue. When you say installer, I'm thinking of that aqua green screen with the blue status bar that indicates the progress of loading/extracting files. All of that seems to have went through just fine. It's just when launching the program, it won't run, telling me that the scratch disk is full (despite it being pretty much empty as it's a brand new computer...).

My apologies if this is the same thing and I just don't get the "terminology" you're using.
Thank you.
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30 May 2012   #55
tanyafitness

7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Tanya, you'd do better to create a new thread as hijacking an old one lessens your chances of getting help.
Thank you for the advice. I will probably do that, if I'm not able to resolve the issue in this thread in a relatively short order of time.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Well, according to the Windows 7 Compatibility Center, Photoshop 7 will run on the 32-bit version and the 64-bit version, but I have my doubts about the 64-bit version because of Photoshop 7's 16-bit architecture.

Windows 7 Compatibility for Adobe Photoshop version 7.0: Adobe. Drivers, Updates, Downloads
I have no doubt that it WILL work on a 64-bit system. In fact, the computer I'm typing on right now (sitting across the room from the new, problematic one), is a 64-bit Win 7 machine and it has PS7 running on it for the last 1.5 yrs with no problem. The difference is, it has a 1 TB hard drive, whereas this new one has the configuration I was mentioning in my original post. (the 2 TB "regular HD" and a 256 GB (or supposedly somewhere around that much) SSD drive)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
You're wasting your time trying to install it on a flash drive or external drive, it needs to be installed on your Windows drive.
OK, I will make that change.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Right-click the installer.exe file and choose Run As Administrator, consider installing in Compatibility Mode for Windows XP SP3 and install it on your SSD.
I'm not sure how to install it on the SSD (as opposed to the "regular" 2 TB hard drive). If I right click on "computer" (from the windows icon startup button), then "manage", it shows the C drive of around 1.9 TB, then a small "recovery" partition of about 12.25 GB, and the "P" partition I made earlier to try and install PS7.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
We would need to see a screenshot of your disk management layout before we comment on your Dell setup, but chances are you're using a RAID configuration.
I will try to get you one of those right away.... however, the only way I've known how to do that before is by using PS7.... and obviously that's not happening right now! LOL. Thank you for your help.
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30 May 2012   #56
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tanyafitness View Post

One question for you.... You mention the "installer" being 16-bit.... but the installation isn't the problem. The program seems to have installed properly - it just doesn't want to RUN properly. Or maybe I'm wrong and we're referring to the same issue. When you say installer, I'm thinking of that aqua green screen with the blue status bar that indicates the progress of loading/extracting files. All of that seems to have went through just fine. It's just when launching the program, it won't run, telling me that the scratch disk is full (despite it being pretty much empty as it's a brand new computer...).
I suspect you have a different problem.

My experience was with Photoshop 4. As I recall, it would not install at all. I researched and found that was because the installer program in Photoshop 4 was a 16 bit program. 16 bit programs will not even run on 64 bit machines.

I then tried to research when Adobe switched to 32-bit installers. I thought that my research led me to believe that the CS series was the first Photoshop that had 32-bit installers.

But my memory of that could be wrong. I eventually got CS3 and have no issues.

Seavixen says he found a web page that says Photoshop 7 is compatible. That may be correct.

But you are having problems, so I can't say for sure.
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30 May 2012   #57
tanyafitness

7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I suspect you have a different problem.

Seavixen says he found a web page that says Photoshop 7 is compatible. That may be correct.

But you are having problems, so I can't say for sure.
Yeah, since my other computer is 64-bit and runs it just fine, I think the problem is this SSD disk, personally. I think that PS7 is viewing it the same way it would a flash drive, perhaps? I'm wondering if there's a way to figure out how to install it on the 2 TB "C drive" as opposed to the drive where the operating system files supposedly are (the SSD?)...... Ughhhh.... and I thought this was going to SAVE me time.
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30 May 2012   #58
tanyafitness

7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Screen shot should be attached....

any advice?


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Would Photoshop 7 from 2002 be compatible with Windows 7?-screenshot-drives.jpg  
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30 May 2012   #59
ignatzatsonic

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Am I misunderstanding something? I don't see an SSD anywhere in that pic.

Disc 0 appears to be a 2 TB ordinary hard drive.
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30 May 2012   #60
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Open disk management and widen the headers by double-clicking the separators at the top of the screen then use this tutorial to show you how to take a screenshot and upload it.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

The Photoshop .exe file I mentioned is similar to the one in this screenshot of CS5 and you get to it via Windows Explorer.

Would Photoshop 7 from 2002 be compatible with Windows 7?-ps7.jpg

You posted at the same time as I did.

You don't appear to have an SSD, so I don't quite know why you were told you had one.

Just delete the partition you created for PS7, extend the C drive to take up the space, and then install PS7 to your C drive.

Out of interest, can you confirm which Dell model you have along with its specifications?


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