Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Override Adobe Creative Suite 2 Minimum Requirements

Adobe Creative Suite 2 checks the system that you are installing it on in order to see if it meets the minimum requirements for running it. Of course it will run on systems that don't meet the minimum requirements, just not well. By default it wants at least 384 megs of RAM, 1024x768 screen resolution, and 1.5 GB of hard drive space: if you system doesn't meet these requirements it won't install, giving you some cryptic message about getting a better computer.We ran into issues where users "needed" to upgrade to CS2 from CS to resolve version errors between them and other departments.

To get CS2 to install we had to "edit" the requirements so that it would install on their machines. The process is to do this is relatively simple: copy the contents of CD1 to a directory on your PC. Open up the setup.ini file in the root directory in your favorite text editor. Under [Requirements] there are a list of 5 different types of checks that the setup file will do: RAM, Administrative Rights, OS, Screen Resolution and Hard Drive space. Simply edit the various values to a point sufficiently low enough for your computer. Our [Requirements] section is setup to allow installs on machines with 100 megs of RAM, 640x480x16bit screen resolution, and 1.5 GB of space on the drive. A copy of our requirement section is below. Once you have made the changes, simply save the ini file and burn the contents back to a CD. You can now use this to install off of rather then the original disk.

[Requirements]
Requirement1Type=RamRequirement
Requirement1MsgFailure="$$$/ACS/ReqCheckFailureRam=The Adobe Creative Suite 2 needs at least 384 MB of RAM\ninstalled in your computer in order to run properly. Adding even more\nRAM will increase performance. Please add more RAM to your\ncomputer and then restart the installer.\n\nThe minimum system requirements for the Adobe Creative Suite are:\n\t- Windows 2000, XP\n\t- Pentium III processor or better\n\t- 3 GB of hard disk space\n\t- 384 MB of RAM\n\t- 1024x768, 16-bit color monitor"
Requirement1MsgSuccess=
Requirement1Value1=100

Requirement2Type=AdminRequirement
Requirement2MsgFailure="$$$/ACS/ReqCheckAdminFailure=Administrative privileges are required to install the Adobe Creative Suite 2.\n\nPlease quit the installer, log in as an administrator, and run the installer\nagain to continue installation."
Requirement2MsgSuccess=


Requirement3Type=OSRequirement
Requirement3MsgFailure="$$$/ACS/ReqCheckFailureOS=The Adobe Creative Suite 2 requires that at least Windows 2000\nor Windows XP be installed in order to run properly. Please upgrade\nyour operating system and then restart the installer.\n\nThe minimum system requirements for the Adobe Creative Suite are:\n\t- Windows 2000,XP\n\t- Pentium III Processor or better\n\t- 3 GB of hard disk space\n\t- 384 MB of RAM\n\t- 1024x768, 16-bit color monitor"
Requirement3MsgSuccess=
Requirement3Value1=5

Requirement4Type=ScreenRequirement
Requirement4MsgFailure="$$$/ACS/ReqCheckFailureScreen=The Adobe Creative Suite 2 needs your monitor to support a\nresolution of at least 1024x768 with 16-bit color in order to run\nproperly. Please connect a compatible display device to your computer\nand then restart the installer.\n\nThe minimum system requirements for the Adobe Creative Suite are:\n\t- Windows 2000,XP\n\t- Pentium III Processor or better\n\t- 3 GB of hard disk space\n\t- 384 MB of RAM\n\t- 1024x768, 16-bit color monitor"
Requirement4MsgSuccess=
Requirement4Value1=640
Requirement4Value2=480
Requirement4Value3=16

Requirement5Type=HardDiskSpaceReq
Requirement5MsgFailure="$$$/ACS/ReqCheckFailureMinFreeSpace=1.5 GB of space must exist on your startup disk to start installation\nof the Adobe Creative Suite 2. Please delete unneeded files to free\nup additional disk space and then restart the installer.\n\nThe minimum system requirements for the Adobe Creative Suite are:\n\t- Windows 2000,XP\n\t- Pentium III Processor or better\n\t- 3 GB of hard disk space\n\t- 384 MB of RAM\n\t- 1024x768, 16-bit color monitor"
Requirement5MsgSuccess=
Requirement5Value1=1536

1 comment:

aditya said...

I'm having trouble installing adobe cs 3 web premium, my computer failed to meet one of the the minimum requirements which is 1G ram. I have only 512MB of ram on my laptop.
Is there anything i can do to override the setup ? so it would not check the requirements ?
n.b. there is no file called setup.ini in the adobe creative suite 3 web premium CD. so i can't override it like you override adobe creative suite 2