How to Repair Adobe Photoshop


Repairing a program on your computer involves reinstalling a new copy over the copy you already have. For example, if a system file in Adobe Photoshop has become corrupted and the program won't load, the repair process will replace the corrupt system file with a working one. In the Windows operating system, software repairs are handled through the Control Panel. In the Mac OS X operating system this involves a manual uninstall and reinstall of the program.


  • Click "Start."

  • Locate and click the Control Panel icon. With this window open, locate and click once on the "Programs and Features" icon.

  • Click "Adobe Photoshop" from the list. The version number of Photoshop that you have installed on your computer (example, Photoshop 7) will be listed after the name.

  • Click "Change" to launch the Adobe Photoshop installation utility.

  • Click the "Repair" option, then click "Next." Your installation of Adobe Photoshop will be repaired on your computer.

Mac OS X

  • Insert your Adobe Photoshop installation disc into your computer.

  • Double-click the icon for the installation disc on your Mac OS X desktop. Select "Remove Adobe Photoshop Components" from the window on screen. Click "Next" and select all of the options that begin with "Remove," including "Remove All Application Preferences." Select "Next" to remove Adobe Photoshop and all related files from your machine.

  • Restart your Mac OS X computer. Leave your Adobe Photoshop installation disc in the computer.

  • Double-click the icon for the installation disc again. Select the option labeled "Install." Click "Next" and advance through the Adobe Photoshop installer. Type your Adobe Photoshop serial number into the box in the installer. When the installer is complete, try running Adobe Photoshop again to see if the reinstall process fixed the issues you were having.

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