Photoshop CS2 is the most expensive piece of software I own. I wanted
to migrate my license to Vista and it wasn't as simple as I'd like.
The main challenge is CS2 is an old version and Adobe claims it does
not work on Vista. Here's how to make it work anyway. I'm assuming you
have a legal copy: do not steal software.
- Get install media. If you have CDs you're in business. Otherwise
write to Adobe support and tell them you need to download a CS2
installer. Do not mention Vista; they'll tell you that you have to
spend $200 on an upgrade to CS3. They sent me an FTP link with a
password for Photoshop_CS2_9.0_WIN_ACT.zip.
- Unzip the install media. Don't just double click the installer and
run from the virtual folder; the Adobe installer will break with the
meaningless errors .\AutoPlay\main.ini
PRODUCT_REGISTRY_KEY. Extract files and run from the new folder.
- Run the installer. Grant it permissions via the usual Vista UAC
- Run Photoshop. Activate it.
- Allow Photoshop to update itself. Grant the Updater permissions
- Reboot. (Screw you, Adobe).
- On reboot, you'll get an error that Vista blocked programs at
startup because they asked for permissions. Run the Vista tool
recommended in the error box and disable
all of Adobe's startup tasks (gamma control, updater). The error will
go away and your computer will boot faster, too.
- Enjoy Photoshop!
I'm sure there's some lurking Photoshop / Vista compatibility
problems. But I was able to edit a raw photo from my camera, that's
all I really care about. I didn't test color management and printing,
I could see potential problems there.