Portable Photoshop CS2 [XP Tested][Legal]

Hey, do you use Adobe Photoshop CS2? Do you ever wish that you could carry this nifty program around, or at least shrink it? Well, now you can! Thanks to the forums at PortableApps.com, there is a way to cut the program down to 26 mb from its almost 300 mb size!

This part is entired quoted from the forums at PortableApps.com:


Portable Adobe Photoshop CS2 v9.0 (26 MB) Project

Submitted by aniperleo on April 11, 2006 – 1:51am.

Creating a legitimate, portable Adobe Photoshop & ImageReady CS2 is entirely possible! Creating a working NSIS-based launcher is still in development, however, these are the exact steps I have taken to reach the nearest point. To write these steps most accurately, I am starting with neither Adobe Photoshop/ImageReady CS2 or its activation license on the machine…


  • Locate the directory that contains your Adobe Photoshop CS2 setup installation.
  • Install Adobe Photoshop CS2, enter your serial registration, and activate the product.
  • Create a new directory on your computer and copy the following necessary files for Adobe Photoshop CS2 & Adobe ImageReady CS2 to operate:
  • Program FilesAdobePhotoshop CS2 ->
    Adobelmsvc Installer.dll
    AdobeUpdater.dll (generates error, program runs)
    epic_regs.dll (generates error, program runs, goodbye shortcuts)
    FileInfo.dll (program runs, error on File>File Info)
    Program FilesAdobePhotoshop CS2Activation(your language/country)tw12216.dat
    Program FilesAdobePhotoshop CS2Required*.*
    Documents & SettingsAll UsersApplication DataAdobe SystemsProduct licensesB2B86000.dat

    You may decided to keep certain folders; like for example “Plug-Ins”, but it is not necessary for Photoshop CS2 or ImageReady CS2 to operate, and though some plugins will still appear to be available, they will cause no change to the image if selected. UPDATE: Using UPX v1.95 beta I was able to compress all EXEs and DLLs in the root directory and keep full functionality!

  • Copy the minimum required registry entries by running “regedit”.
  • [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstall{236BB7C4-4419-42FD-0409-1E257A25E34D}]
    "EPIC_ORG"="(your company or organisation you registered under)"
    "EPIC_SERIAL"="(your serial registration number without dashes)"
    "EPIC_NAME"="(the name you registered under)"

    UPDATE: In total, this removes approximately 212 MB of unneeded materials and brings the installation down to approximately 26 MB!!!

    At this point you can uninstall Adobe Photoshop/ImageReady CS2 and remove your license file. To run Photoshop or Imageready without installing the application, do the following (it’s obvious):

  • Copy the registry entries (EPIC_ORG, EPIC_SERIAL, EPIC_NAME) back to their appropriate place in your registry.
  • Copy “B2B86000.dat” back to the directory \Documents & Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe Systems\Product licenses\
  • Locate the directory you copied your files to and launch either “Photoshop.exe” or “ImageReady.exe”.” (/quote)
  • Now, if you are still reading this post, I welcome you to try the above. However, I WILL warn you. This method will only shrink the program done; you will not be able to work around and throw this onto a USB.

    This is the cool part. I looked thru the above instructions and, working around them, I was able to configure the program so I would be able to carry it in my pocket (quite literally, USBs are cool nowadays 😀 ). Now, the problem with this is that you can’t use the core files for some reason. If you do, it will say that msvcp71.dll is missing. If you add that dll, then it will give you an error stating that the license file is unusable and after that, an error about reinstalling the program.

    You will need: A USB drive of size 512 mb or higher, adobe photoshop CS2 (actual cd or cracked version), some way to activate CS2 (preferably a Keygen so you don’t have to deal with an online or actual phone activation), and some minor computer skills (aka – know how to activate CS2 if you are using a keygen, how to change the registry or get access) [I will help no skill users in this guide]

    First, install and activate your photoshop like above.

    Second, find the directory where your photoshop was installed. Unlike above, you don’t want to copy select files, but the whole Adobe Photoshop CS2 folder. It’s approx. 300 mb or under depending on what you’ve put in there. Copy the folder onto your USB drive.

    Third, go into the registry and find the photoshop registry information. (to do this, run regedit) [go to the start menu, hit run, type in regedit, hit enter or run] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{236BB7C4-4419-42FD-0409-1E257A25E34D}] You don’t want to copy down the core info, you just want to export the entire thing. (right-click the key in the left panel and select export) Save it somewhere (i prefer the desktop or the USB drive) as photoshop_regdata (actually, name doesnt matter, you can call it anything you want, but i like to know what things are for the future).

    Fourth, copy the B2B86000.dat from the directory \Documents & Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe Systems\Product licenses\ (this is a hidden folder) [to access this folder, go to the all users folder. it will appear to be a dead end. go to the /tools/ menu at top and select /folder options…/ . go to the /view/ tab. under advanced settings, select show hidden files and folders (it is a radio button)]

    Now, we will take all this stuff (make sure it is on the USB first) and move it to a new computer.

    Here, run the Registration Entries (photoshop_regdata or the reg entry from step 3). The registry info should be copied into the registry editor. If not, then do this first.

    run regedit (using the run option in the start menu). go to the location where the reg entry should be. Of course, it will not exist because you havent “installed” the program onto the pc, but installing the program defeats the purpose eh? Therefore the furthest you will get is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

    create a key called {236BB7C4-4419-42FD-0409-1E257A25E34D} . if you want, add the core info from before:

    “EPIC_ORG”=”(your company or organisation you registered under)”
    “EPIC_SERIAL”=”(your serial registration number without dashes)”
    “EPIC_NAME”=”(the name you registered under)”

    THESE ARE STRING VALUES, so be VERY careful, or else you will severely mess things up (and you got this far!).

    once this is done, run the photoshop_regdata (the reg entries from before). it should now work and enter the data into the registry editor. (you can check it if you didn’t close the reg editor, or open it again w.e)

    Now, it’s time to copy “B2B86000.dat” back to the directory \Documents & Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe Systems\Product licenses\ . Funny thing is, there is no such address! once again, you didn’t install CS2, so the folder will not be there. in the application data folder, create an adobe systems folder. inside that, create a product licenses folder. inside there, paste the B2B86000.dat file.

    Now, run photoshop.exe inside the Adobe Photoshop CS2 folder on your USB drive. When it finishes loading, it will say some error about the license. Ignore that, hit ok. Then, it may ask you to activate the product. This is where the keygen comes in handy. Use the phone activation method and type in the query code into the keygen. It will be useful to read the guide that told you where to get your cracked copy of photoshop.

    Now, run photoshop, and enjoy! 😀

    To users of this guide: If you can’t get this to work and/or feel that I have left something out, plz post a comment with your email address and the problem so that I can get back to you. It may have been that I really DID leave something out :D. but of course, I highly doubt it 🙂

    Posted on August 8, 2007, in Computer Programs, Technology, Tips & Tricks, Windows Tips. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

    1. Your documents & Settings folder doesn’t exist in vista! tried finding the file (am fairly knowledgeable on such things) but to no avail…

    2. In Vista you have C:\Users instead of C:\Documents and Settings. It has a pretty similar layout and you should feel quite at home in there if you’re experienced with D&S from XP.

    3. Hi, Can you email me about a portable pscs2?

    4. Hi, thanks for the very details direction. i’ve been trying to create a portable photoshop 7 but couldn’t find the photoshop registration info on my computer….. I’ve tried the steps you wrote but still no found. do u know how the series no. will look like? Thanks in advance!!!!

    5. this is a crap tutorial, i saw this Tutorial on Portable APP.com , same thing their. This method doesn’t work, or either i did not follow it properly.
      Even after following this process, i can’t start my Photoshop CS2……

    6. Therefore the furthest you will get is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

      create a key called {236BB7C4-4419-42FD-0409-1E257A25E34D} . if you want, add the core info from before:

      “EPIC_ORG”=”(your company or organisation you registered under)”
      “EPIC_SERIAL”=”(your serial registration number without dashes)”
      “EPIC_NAME”=”(the name you registered under)”

      What so i do with this cant i simply export the entire {236BB7C4-4419-42FD-0409-1E257A25E34D} to my Portable Cs2 folder……

      Maybe this is the step i m missing, or what.

    7. gooooooooooooooooooooooodddddddddddddd

    8. sir my adope Photoshop did not worked the Photoshop show the error is”The program can’t start because BIB.dll is missing from your computer . reinstalling the program to fix this problem.”
      please you tell the solution sir
      thank you

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