Bridge: Can't open Camera Raw to edit raw files

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I have installed Adobe Bridge CC 2017 (the free download from the Adobe website) on Windows 10. I also have Camera Raw CC downloaded. Windows 10, Adobe Bridge CC 2017, and Camera Raw CC are all up to date.

When I select an image in the Bridge workspace and press the aperture icon to "Open in Camera Raw..." I get the following error message:

Camera Raw editing is not enabled.
Camera Raw editing requires that a qualifying product has been launched at least once to enable this feature.


I have scoured the forums, and the consensus was that having Adobe Photoshop (any recent version) downloaded and then opening Photoshop once would allow me to open files in Camera Raw and edit them through Bridge thereafter.

I downloaded the free trial of Photoshop CC 2017, but once the trial expired, my ability to edit files using Camera Raw through Adobe Bridge was lost.

All I see in the forums are strange workarounds. If Bridge and Camera Raw are free downloads from Adobe, I shouldn't need to pay a subscription for Adobe Photoshop to use the free Bridge CC 2017 and free Camera Raw CC.

@Adobe_Support - The other consensus from the forums was that Bridge is "reaching out" to a parent program for validation, but without one (i.e. Photoshop), Camera Raw via Bridge fails. I think the fix is simply patching that "authorization" file into Adobe Bridge.
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Official Response
You must have a paid Creative Cloud membership in order to use Camera Raw.