Confessions of a Windows Enthusiast

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Workround for Adobe Photoshop CS2

If you are using Windows Vista and Adobe Photoshop CS2, you may have noticed that you are constantly asked if you would like to register the program every time you launch it. In order to work around this, simply right click on the Adobe Photoshop CS2 shortcut in the Start menu and click "Run as administrator", and then provide consent when User Account Control asks you.

You will be asked to register, click on "Do not register" and then close Adobe Photoshop CS2. Re-launch it normally (without running it as Administrator) and it should open without nagging you to register.



  • Richard said:


    I get a similar issue with MS Money Deluxe 2007 saying it needs an update everytime I start it.  If I choose cancel it runs just fine!

    I guess things will take some time to catch up.

    November 18, 2006 11:37 AM
  • Sat said:

    Thanks - this saved me!

    Running Vista RTM (6000.16386) X86 + Photoshop CS2

    November 18, 2006 5:29 PM
  • Master Devwi said:

    Thank you so much!  Now I'm not receiving any more annoying registration boxes when I open Adobe Photoshop CS2! :)

    November 18, 2006 6:58 PM
  • Cheers Kris.. These alerts was really starting to get on my nerves :)

    November 19, 2006 3:55 PM
  • Steve said:

    Awesome.  This tip saves me the nuisance and time.

    November 24, 2006 2:28 PM
  • Mike said:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

    December 13, 2006 2:01 PM
  • Benjamin Chernivsky said:

    My lord, it works.

    Thanks!  Was getting on my nerves.


    December 14, 2006 12:12 AM
  • Bepo said:

    Simply THX.

    December 27, 2006 10:53 AM
  • Jan said:

    Thanks! Just what I needed.

    December 27, 2006 12:58 PM
  • Brandi said:

    I recently got a PC that is available for a free upgrade to Windows Vista. I use Photoshop CS2. I have had the program for around 6 months. It doesn't say on the box that it'll work with Windows Vista. I want to be sure it will before I get the upgrade.

    January 15, 2007 9:10 PM
  • Bob said:

    Your a star sir! Many thanks for this tip.

    January 25, 2007 12:59 PM
  • Toby said:

    Will you marry me? This was driving me crazy and I couldn't figure out how to fix it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    January 29, 2007 6:59 PM
  • Razvan Toma said:

    Thank you very much!

    February 21, 2007 9:32 PM
  • Norbert said:

    Thank you so much!!

    February 25, 2007 1:33 PM
  • Kevin said:

    Thank you doesn't seem to be enough for this. I am so happy that this worked that I am a little disturbed how happy this makes me.


    February 27, 2007 2:53 PM
  • Angie said:

    Problem: I have Vista and PhotoShop cs2. When I double click a jpeg icon, it will not open in PhotoShop. When I right click and go to 'Open with' the program is not there. When I find PhotoShop in my file and select, nothing happens. Basically the only way for me to open files is to open PhotoShop first, File, Open. Any suggestions? Does anyone else have this problem?

    February 28, 2007 3:42 PM
  • Chris R said:

    I dont have this problem, the only problem i have is that i cannot use the keyboard shortcuts for example:

    freetransform = CTRL+T

    Cut = CTRL+C

    Paste = CTRL+V

    non of shortcut works but i can do everything with the mouse, its just so much of a pain. i have tried compatiblity mode changes, running as administrator. i dont know what to do.

    March 13, 2007 12:33 PM
  • Steven said:

    Another fix is to go into the properties of CS2 and change the permissions to allow 'Everyone' full control. :-)

    March 14, 2007 9:27 PM
  • Heck! said:

    You mean "Workaround" right?

    March 27, 2007 12:33 AM
  • Nick said:

    Thanks, this is great. It works with Photoshop Elements 5 too!

    April 13, 2007 11:49 PM
  • Kam Banwait said:


    what agenius u r! i was getin really really really anoyed with that!! thanks!!!

    April 23, 2007 5:36 PM
  • Olive said:

    Steven please help me :

    you said : Another fix is to go into the properties of CS2 and change the permissions to allow 'Everyone' full control. :-)

    i can not use the shortcut ctrl + maj + i (in french photoshop) but i do not understand what you mean by "the properties...." can yo help me please ?

    May 9, 2007 10:01 AM
  • Vista user said:

    Please HELP ME ! my CRTL + MAJ + i does not work anymore on CSII + Windows VISTA...

    can you help me ? i'm working on a french worstation...

    May 9, 2007 10:33 AM
  • May 13, 2007 10:54 PM
  • Yup this was getting no my last nerve.  Thanks for the "workaround".  

    Kind regards,


    May 17, 2007 6:18 PM
  • stater said:

    Thank you... this has been driving me crazy!

    May 27, 2007 12:51 AM
  • Brigitte said:

    This isn't working for me. It says my 30 days trial has expired and exits. I don't have an option to not register. Urghh.

    May 27, 2007 9:35 PM

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