Q: Can't get Adobe Photoshop CS4 to run on Windows 7 64-bit

Original Title: running 64 bit application in windows 7__
I am running windows 7 home premium and cannot get adobe photoshop cs4 64bit to run. This program and other 64bit applications previuosly ran well on this system.

Does anyone have an idea as to what might have changed to make the system stop runnung 64 bit applications?





1.      What happens when you try to run the program?

2.      Is it installed and causing issues while using the program?

3.      Do you get any error message?


If you are facing issues installing the program, place the computer in a clean boot state and try installing the software.


1.       Click Start, type msconfig.exe in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER to start the System Configuration Utility.

         If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.

2.       On the General tab, click Selective Startup, and then click to clear the Load startup items check box. (The Use Original Boot.ini check box is unavailable.)

3.       On the Services tab, click to select the Hide all Microsoft services check box, and then click Disable all.

4.       Click OK, and then click Restart (Restart in normal mode now). Check if you can install the drivers.


Note: Make sure you put the computer back to Normal Startup once installation is complete.



Check Event Viewer to get detailed information about the problem. Refer the following links.


If the program is already installed and you have issues using the program then refer the below mentioned links and check if they are of help.

Troubleshoot system errors and freezes in Photoshop CS4 (Windows 7 and Vista)

64-bit Operating System benefits and limitations in Photoshop CS4 (Windows)


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