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Could not initialize Photoshop because the file is locked: solved!

Can’t initialize Photoshop? Neither did I. But the photoshop run fine now. Thank God!

Usually when facing that problem, I just reset the Photoshop settings by pressing and hold Ctrl+Alt+Shift (on Windows Xp) when opening Photoshop (Start> All Programs> Adobe Design Premium CS3> Adobe Photoshop CS3).  And an alert box appears,”Delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings file?”.   The Photoshop should open when clicking “Yes”.

But an error window keeps showing up,”Could not initialize Photoshop because the file is locked. Use the ‘Properties’ command in the Windows Explorer to unlocked the file”

I remembered that I’ve just installed a css designer program. Maybe the program made the temp folder locked. So then, I tried using CACLS command to fix it by unlocking the Temp folder. And, it worked!

When you’re facing a same problem with Photoshop initializing on Windows XP, try these steps:

  1. Click: Start> Run… Type “cmd” in the field. Click “OK”.
  2. By default, command prompt will show “C:\Documents and Settings\user>_”. User here means your name on computer. You need to view the Temp directory which is located in C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temp.
    After “C:\Documents and Settings\user>” now type: cd LOCALS~1 press Enter. Local Settings folder is recognized by MS-DOS as LOCALS~1
  3. The command line become like this:
    C:\Documents and Settings\user\LOCALS~1>
    In the end of that line, type: CACLS Temp /g Administrators: F
    that command will make all Administators granted (/g) for a full access (:F) to Temp folder.
  4. “Are you sure (Y/N)?”, type Y, press Enter. The Temp folder processed.

See the image below for details.

This is what I did to unlock the Temp folder.

This is what I did to unlock the Temp folder.

Now, open the Photoshop.

I hope this trick is useful.

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One thought on “Could not initialize Photoshop because the file is locked: solved!

  1. This worked perfectly! Thank you so much for this very useful info. I would never have figured it out without your great instructions. :-)

    Posted by W.J. | September 29, 2012, 5:12 pm

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