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Adobe Illustrator/Illustrator cs6 won't open files


Hi there,

I just got this new notebook:
OS - Windows 8
HDD - 24GB SSD cache + 500GB (5400 Rpm)
RAM - 4.00 GB, DDR3 1600MHz
Version of application - CS6

I installed the adobe creative suite design and web premium, opened the illustrator and when trying to open files created in CS5.5 I keep getting an error message  - "This file cannot be found". Checked out photoshop and there I have no problem opening cs5 psd files.

What seams to be the problem doctor...?

Hi Elana,

Did you install over a copy of CS5 or earlier or did you do a clean install (remove all old software and install CS6 cleanly)? Did you run all updates?

If you did not do a clean install, you could have remnants of CS5 or earlier still installed effecting your CS6.

Use this cleanup tool to remove any older versions and try again. If it still errors out, uninstall CS6, then run the cleaner tool to remove everything and do a fresh install. Be sure to run all updates after install.



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