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I have adobe Photoshop elements 8 on my desktop. I want to

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I have adobe Photoshop elements 8 on my desktop. I want to use it on my Macbook. I used a flash drive to install it on the macbook but when I try to open it, it tells me that the licensing for this product has stopped working. Is there anything I can do to get it working?
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Can you start with doing the following please
Quit all Adobe applications.
open Finder and click on Go to folder and enter
Press enter
locate and delete the following folder:
[hard drive]/Library/Preferences/FlexNet Publisher/
Start your Adobe applications.
Tell me if you still get the error please.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Richard

I am not finding FlexNet Publisher, just a lot of files and a few folders

you need to make sure you entered in
Then press enter, then go to Preferences.
Is this what you did?
I can also do these steps for you, and have made a request via Additional Services. This is optional, and if you choose to do this, I can, with your permission, remote into your computer while you watch and do all these steps (and deal with any problems that arise during them) for you. Or if you do not choose to take this service, we can continue here. This is no problem at all. Just let me know please.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I may need the extra support but first can we check that I'm in the correct Library?

Macintosh HD/Library/Preferences

I can only tell if you did the procedure I gave correctly Patricia.
The steps I gave which were.
open Finder and click on Go to folder and enter
Press enter
Then go to
Preferences, then look for
FlexNet Publisher
The reason is by default they hide it so you need to do it this way.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I have done that and cannot find FlexNet Publisher

ok, very strange... but we will need to move then onto the next step.
Close all Adobe applications.
Then go to Finder, then Go To Folder
Then go to Application Support
Do you see FlexNet Publisher there?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I don't see it there either

ok.. can you then download and run the Licence repair tool from my link below
Double-click the LicenseRecovery111.dmg
Note: Leave this window open and proceed to the next step.
In finder, Double-click your Hard Drive.
Double-click Applications.
Double-click Utilities.
Double-click Terminal.
Type sudo python
Note: There is a space following “python”. Do not press Return.
Drag from the LicenseRecovery111.dmg window onto the Terminal Window and press Return. Note: Make sure that the Terminal window has the command and the path to the APP file. For example: "sudo python /Volumes/LicenseRecovery\ 11.6.1/LicenseRecovery/”
Enter your administrator user name and password ***** prompted and click OK.
Follow the onscreen instructions.
then restart the mac and tell me if it now works please.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

OK I have dragged the LicenseRecovery Launcher, it says

-bash: sudopython: command not found

I guess at this point I should hand over control!

No problem, please accept the offer and I can then connect.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Ok what now?

It has not processed which means there was an issue with your payment, so we have to continue here.
In the instructions I gave I indicated
Note: There is a space following “python”. Do not press Return.
But you did not put this space in the command
-bash: sudopython: command not found
Can you please go back and follow my instructions very carefully to ensure we get them done correctly.
Let me know the results please
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

OK that gives me a pathway and this message - (but will not accept a password)

We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System
Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

#1) Respect the privacy of others.
#2) Think before you type.
#3) With great power comes great responsibility.


thats your computers password, the one you set for your user account when you first setup the computer.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Embarassed 3 attempts at the password

do I start again or have I just made life even more complicated?

You will need to try again as you have to get the correct password ***** this.
If it fails you will need to create a new user account on your Mac, so tell me if after the next attempts, you still cannot remember your password *****
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Got the correct password. now I get this message

/usr/bin/python: can't find '__main__' module in '/Volumes/LicenseRecovery 11.6.1'
Patricias-MacBook:~ patriciashone$

ok, this is part of the issue.
Can you try to reinstall Elements again, then try to open it.
Let me know the results please
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I am copying it from my desktop to the macbook using the shared network rather than the flash. It will take a few minutes.

You are being very helpful and patient, thank you

What exactly are you copying Patricia?
As you have to Install it from the installation, not just copying it from another computer or drive.
Have you just been copying the program?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes. This was recommended in a forum. I have the program on my iMac, installed from disc. The Macbook has no disc drive. I copied it onto the flashdrive and then onto the macbook.

So my initial question was how do I get the program onto my macbook?

No, it is not possible to do this, this is why none of the instructions we have been doing have been working.
You said in the initial message you installed it and then got the error, but your only copying a program file.
You have to actually install the software like you originally did on the first computer, so from the disk or download file depending on how you received it.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Ok that is my misunderstanding.

So I have the disk, paid for, but no disk drive on my Macbook.

at this rate it is going to be cheaper/quicker to pay for a new download from adobe onto my Macbook.

If there is no other way, I won't take anymore of your time.

Will my payment details work for all your help so far? If not please send me a link so I can pay with a diferent card

There is another option, is the Mac with the disk drive there now? And connected to wifi as we can use that disk drive on this mac.
Also to check if the payment for the base pay works, if you rate me we can see if this goes through.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

The Mac with the disk drive is here and connected to wifi.

However there may be a problem with the disk drive. When I load the disk , it doesn't appear in finder and ejects automatically. I have had problems with writing disks recently.

ok, then it looks like the disk drive has failed.
So you would either need to get an external disk drive like this one.
And install from there
Or purchase the latest version which is a download.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yeah, its not reading even the simplest dvd. I think we have come to an end, and i thought I would sort this over a cup of coffee!

Thank you so much for your help and tour of the inner of my computer.

I will make sure payment works, you've earned it Smile

Your most welcome Patricia!
If you would like any additional information or assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Else if you can take a second to rate my service by clicking one of the stars at the top of the screen then submit, that would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
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