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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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3 respons untuk ‘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

    The user preferences file within photoshop is corrupted or attempting to save into a restricted location.

    To fix and prevent this error from happening, you navigate to:

    C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Adobe Photoshop CS5 Settings

    Depending on what version of photoshop is causing the error to appear you will delete the following file:

    Adobe Photoshop CS5 Prefs.psp (for 32bit version)

    Adobe Photoshop X64 CS5 Prefs.psp (for 64bit version)

    Start Photoshop.


    In case you had changed the scratch disk preferences.

    After opening up photoshop, navigate to Edit > Preferences > Performance

    There will be a section called Scratch Disks; it will have reverted to default settings. Verify that the location you want is not restricted/locked etc before changing again.

    After restarting photoshop the problem will go away.

    Notice that if this preference file becomes corrupt again, the previous steps have to be taken again to prevent permission errors.

    Posted by masekarl | Mei 9, 2014, 6:17 am
  3. I went to forum after forum after forum on this and this worked for me. Thank you so, so much:)

    Posted by Johnny Anderson | Juni 26, 2014, 7:05 pm

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