Free version of Photoshop CS2

By mgillibrand · 18 replies
May 26, 2013
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  1. I have downloaded from TechSpot the Photoshop CS2 free version. I can't complete the installation as the serial number hasn't come up? Please advise.
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

  3. mgillibrand

    mgillibrand TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Doh! How did I miss this! Thank you hellokitty. :)
  4. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Yet, Adobe itself on its own CS2 downloads page
    has this disclaimer:

    "Adobe has disabled the activation server for CS2 products, including Acrobat 7, because of a technical issue. These products were released more than seven years ago, do not run on many modern operating systems, and are no longer supported.

    Adobe strongly advises against running unsupported and outdated software. The serial numbers below should only be used by customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products."

    It seems that one hand giveth, the other taketh away…
    Jad Chaar and mgillibrand like this.
  5. mgillibrand

    mgillibrand TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks bobcat. I did think it was too good to be true. Anyway it does appear to work on my operating computer system and I'm not looking for updates. I was looking for something that we could have a play with before I bought the newer version of Photoshop. It is for a new community project for young people called Dynamic Visions ( Eventually we will looking for at least 6 laptop all with Photoshop software on them. Sorry for the plug.;)

    This is a great forum! Thanks to everyone for their comments and advice! :)
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,002   +2,532

    For want of a more appropriate term, this is posted as a "public service announcement", in both currently active threads about PSCS-2 "free".

    OK, for everyone's edification, here's the article on free CS-2 from our archives:

    As you can see, there's a link to the downloads provided. That link now leads to here:

    Which you'll see is now a log in in page.

    That we still have the serial numbers on this site is a good thing.

    However, Adobe programs have an internal process running called, "FNP licensing service". This is the phone home activation process. I don't think you can kill this and still have the program remain operational.

    It is also present in Photoshop Elements 7, but oddly PSE 7 doesn't need activation. With that said, I would still be wary of going on line with a working copy of PSCS-2.

    OK, so I'm superstitious. The question remains, "am I as superstitious as Adobe is greedy"?
  7. Constance

    Constance TS Rookie

    You should remove this from the download page although I find it funny it work on 2 computers but not a third one
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,002   +2,532

    Is is odd, but not unexpected. The "FNP" licensing service may still be active. Adobe might still be using this to determine how many installs any given IP has made of their product. All Adobe software is licensed for two separate installs. Any more than this will result in a disabling the software as soon as third install is detected online. In this case, while the program might work on the serial number, without activation, the FNP process is still operative, and functioning.
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Wow! Free is good I going to try this on my Windows 7. Been using Gimp 2.8 really not the same as Adobe Photoshop. Thanks
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,002   +2,532

    As long as you don't need to work on RAW files, from anything newer than a Nikon D-80, you're good to go.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2014
  11. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    I have other graphical programs I use. Take care..
  12. EugeneC

    EugeneC TS Rookie

    I have downloaded from TechSpot the Photoshop CS2 free version. I now need to uninstall it but I can't figure out how. I've looked everywhere for the Uninstall utility can't find it. I've also gone to Control Panel Add or Remove Programs and Adobe Photoshop program is not listed. Can someone offer some assistance...HELP.
  13. Sammieh

    Sammieh TS Rookie

    Can somebody help me? I've downloaded and used the serial number listed but an error message comes up. I've tried so many times without success. I had previously downloaded it but I had to uninstall it because a message came up that said I didn't have the correct privilege to access this or something?? And I have CS2 on my other computer and it won't work on this one. Help please?
  14. Vivian06

    Vivian06 TS Rookie

    :(same problem happened to me, I can't get it installed....
  15. I also tried the free CS2 download when my licensed copy no longer worked after transferring it to a different computer. The serial number on the download page has four characters too many and does not work, nor does anything else I have tried. My original paid, licensed serial number will not work either. I don't seem to have any options and do not use it enough to justify the very high costs of the newer versions.
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    ^ Then use GIMP?
  17. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,158   +986

    @guest humbug. This thread prompted me to DL & Install. Worked perfectly.
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  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,002   +2,532

    I just bought a copy of Photoshop Elements 13, for 50 bucks, free shipping from Newegg. FWIW probably 80% percent of people who are preoccupied with getting "something for nothing", and are screwing around with PSCS-2, don't need Photoshop itself, and are shooting themselves in the foot, if they need RAW file codecs from newer digital cameras.

    So, let's assume you don't need the complication of Photoshop, Elements has more editing power than "Lightroom" (!!!), and it's now 64 bit.

    So, IMHO, for 25 bucks an install, PSE-13 is all that, without the BS.

    With PSCS-2, I'm not sure it will import files from my D-80. And you're well on your own if you have camera later than that. So, on top of PSCS-2, you have to install "Adobe Digital Negative Converter", and import with that.

    BTW, I have PSCS-4, and it won't import RAW files from my D-3000. Which is pretty ancient in and of itself.

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