How to run Adobe CS6 without admin rights?

Many companies are very disappointed on Adobe because of the latest release of Create Suite with version 6.0 if you read on the web.

When trying to launch some applications in the Suite you will get strange messages and the applications will crash, especially Photoshop, InDesign and Bridge. It seems like some Adobe applications wants to create temp files on the C: root and if the users aren’t local administrator, it will fail. It also seems to be extra problems if you doesn’t have the users profile on the C-drive.

One way to force an application to always run as administrator could be to create a registry key:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers]
“C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Adobe\\Your_Exe_File.exe”=”RUNASADMIN”

But if you don’t like to let your users be a local administrator, you can try my Adobe fix :)

These simple steps helped one of my customers with a Windows 7 64-bit environment and their profiles on the D-drive:

  1. Create a folder on the C-root, like C:\UserTemp
  2. Give the users Change rights on the folder you created, it can be done with an application called setacl, example:
    1. setacl.exe -on “C:\UserTemp” -ot file -actn ace -ace “n:S-1-5-32-545;p:change;s:y”
  3. Run the following commandlines for each user to change their %temp% and %tmp% paths:
    1. setx.exe TEMP C:\UserTemp
    2. setx.exe TMP C:\UserTemp

These simple steps makes all Adobe CS6 applications to run without any problems for the customer.

This entry was posted in Application Packaging, Customization, Registry, Scripting, Windows 7. Bookmark the permalink.

2 comments on “How to run Adobe CS6 without admin rights?

  1. burtokx on said:

    We wanted to take away our CS5 users admin rights, this worked a dream – thanks very much

  2. Johan Persson on said:

    Thanks for this post, a “lifesaver”. Think I’ll hangout on this blog a bit more in the future :)

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