This is not one of my usual art blog posts. As some of you know I’ve owned a full licenced version of Adobe Photoshop 6.0 for many years but when I updated Windows with the 20H2 update Photoshop failed completely. I was gutted because I paid a lot of money for that software and I can’t afford the new Creative Cloud version.
Fortunately for me I have a wonderful son who is a talented and tenaciaous software engineering student at Uni. He found a range of solutions I could use. The best of these was to use Windows compatability mode on my original Photoshop software. Windows itself recommends XP service pack 3 via it’s troubleshooter but this didn’t actually work. I got the same fatal error. So I ran it in every compatability mode it has and I found one that works – Windows 98 / Windows Me!!!
So, for anyone else in my position who is struggling with Adobe Photoshop 6.0 after the lastest Windows 10 update, here are the instructions to to get it working. (I can’t guarentee it will work for you, it may depend on how your machine is set up and how you have installed Photoshop, but this fix is completely and easily reversable so if it doesn’t work you’ve lost nothing.)
Find you Photoshp.exe file. (Caution, the spelling of the file is slightly different from the word Photoshop – it’s Photoshp.) In most installs it can be found at:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop 6.0\Photoshp.exe
Right-Click the executable file. Then click Properties at the bottom of the menu as shown below.
In the properties form, click on the Compatability tab.
Now find the Compatability Mode part of this tab. (Don’t bother running the compatability troubleshooter – it gets it wrong.) Click the checkbox so there is a tick in Run this program in compatability mode for: and then select Windows 98 / Windows Me from the drop down box. It should look like this…
Finally Click OK at the bottom of the form
Next you can run Photoshop as you normally would. Windows will ask you if you want to allow Photoshop to make changes to your PC. This is because it’s running in compatability mode and it’s fine so Click OK.
…And, hopefully, Photoshop should run!!!
(PS: I’ve done some basic work with it and had no issues so far. It’s the best solution that I’ve found. I will update this page if anything else comes up. Best of luck!!!)