Photoshop Elements 4 won't install on WIndows 7

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Elements: I have an older version of PSE will it run on Windows 7?

I have a new laptop with Windows 7, it's got all the system requirements for installing Adobe Photoshp Elements. Yet when I try to install my Elements from a CD, it tells me there are compatibility problems and that Windows has no solution. I suspect the problem is that it's Elements 4.0 - but I bought this only a few years ago, it's been working fine, and I have no intention of dishing out a bunch more $$ for the latest version when my current version is great... Anyone have any tips or suggestions? Help! Thank you -
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Posted 8 years ago

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Chris Cox

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Yes, Elements 4 is probably too old to install with Windows 7.

The current version of Elements is 10, so Elements 4 is at least 6 years old.
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OK. Although that's a question then for the store where I bought it, I guess, because I only bought it a few years ago. Very frustrating. So - I have no recourse but to buy an entirely new version? No updating of some kind available? (And thank you, by the way, for your quick response.)
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I merged this topic with another that deals with compatibility of older versions of Elements with Windows 7. Hopefully the solution there works for you. If you want to try Elements 10 free for 30 days to see if it's worth the upgrade, you can download it here: (BTW - It's currently on sale on Amazon)
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Hi Liliadobe,
in your position I would definitely NOT buy PSE10. It has several annoying bugs that were not there in earlier versions. It seems that Adobe does not want to give out bugfixes as every other company would do. Maybe they wait 9 month and then give out a new "version" for too much of new money. BTW, If they will do it like I suspect, I will not buy ANY new version from them.
Look through the forum and make up your own opinion. One of the bugs is
or as a shortlink .

I have read some people recommending to use Version 8. You could get this probably cheaply on *bay or other similar places.

I have used PSE5 for years on a XP system, worked well. Now with PSE10 on a newly set-up Win7 and a 4-core Laptop the organizer is deadly slow and full of bugs.

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lIliadobe - I am having a problem with one of the print features in PSE 9. Others have suggested that one use an older version of PSE for printing. I have PSE 2. I also have Windows 7.

I did a little research and found this thread -

So if people have gotten PSE 2 to run on Win 7 then it seems there should be some way to get PSE4 to run.

One of the fixes in the thread is a little involved and I am hoping if I have to do the PSE2 install just for printing I won't have to do that.

I like the look and feel of PSE 9. However, as I dig into this, it seems that more and more people are reporting that PSE 2 worked great but 9 and 10 have a lot of problems.