Error Message: Unable to Continue Because of Hardware or System Error in Adobe Photoshop CS2

August 1, 2008 by
Filed under: Adobe Photoshop 
  1. Remove the Photoshop settings file. Open Photoshop CS2 while pressing Ctrl+Alt+Shift on your keyboard. Click Yes when the message Delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings file? is displayed.
  2. Reset your computer’s clock. Right-click the lower right hand corner of the Windows taskbar and choose Adjust Date/Time. Ensure that it is showing the correct time and date.
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23 Comments on Error Message: Unable to Continue Because of Hardware or System Error in Adobe Photoshop CS2

  1. sas on Wed, 3rd Dec 2008 11:35 am
  2. don’t help!

  3. mombSnamma on Mon, 29th Dec 2008 4:30 pm
  4. jpdbapezntczccovwell, hi admin adn people nice forum indeed. how’s life? hope it’s introduce branch ;)

  5. Jibesh Patra on Sun, 12th Apr 2009 1:10 am
  6. Amazing it works !!
    Thanks a lot !!

  7. Babs on Thu, 16th Apr 2009 2:50 pm
  8. THANK YOU! It works!

  9. ramato on Sat, 20th Jun 2009 11:48 am
  10. thank works..amazing..

  11. mahdi on Thu, 8th Oct 2009 12:40 pm
  12. Mmmmm .. it is not working with me ..

    i pressed alt+clrt+del … and showed that Delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings file … but is stall error not stoped …

    help me


  13. Jules on Thu, 8th Oct 2009 3:50 pm
  14. @mahdi – I suggest you try again, as this is how most such Adobe Photoshop errors can be fixed. If it does not work, you might need to reinstall Photoshop.

  15. manny on Fri, 23rd Oct 2009 1:13 pm
  16. hi @jules

    i have the same problem and just tried and tried (ctrl+alt+shift) but i still got the error.
    i also removed and re-installed it but still go the error.
    any idea or help that you can lend me.
    thanks in advance!

  17. Olivier on Wed, 18th Nov 2009 1:07 am
  18. It works thanks! You’re a life savior my friend.

  19. senthil on Fri, 27th Aug 2010 6:38 am
  20. i have deleted the photoshop setting file but i does not work and reinstall it but no use i say the same error unable to open sytem error can any help me
    does the advance version works through cs3 or cs4

  21. senthil on Fri, 27th Aug 2010 6:41 am
  22. but i have recently added more fonts in my control pannel setting is this the problem been????

  23. .=Capuccin0=. on Thu, 30th Sep 2010 2:30 pm
  24. thanx a lot!!

    it worked 4 my CS4 :D

  25. Gerald on Fri, 19th Nov 2010 8:58 pm
  26. Solution #1 worked for Photoshop CS4 & Vista. Thanks. The suggestions on the Adobe site and other sites did not help but this simple fix got me working again.

  27. taha on Mon, 31st Jan 2011 12:01 am
  28. it is not working with me 2
    help me plzzzz

  29. james on Thu, 5th May 2011 4:20 pm
  30. it works !!!!
    thank you so much

  31. rafael on Wed, 14th Sep 2011 3:58 am
  32. muchas gracias me funciono la ayuda

  33. Nan on Fri, 23rd Sep 2011 7:16 pm
  34. I think it may be a font thing. It was working, I installed fonts, and now I get the error message. I tried holding Ctrl+Alt+Shift and I still get the error message.

  35. Nan on Fri, 23rd Sep 2011 7:35 pm
  36. Yep, it was the fonts. As soon as I deleted the fonts, held Ctrl+Alt+Shift, it loaded fine.

  37. Jules on Sun, 25th Sep 2011 8:29 am
  38. @Nan – Thanks for sharing your experiences. Good to know that some fonts can also cause this problem.

  39. Kathy on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 8:10 pm
  40. How do you know which fonts are causing hte problem. I don’t think I have installed any new fonts recently bt I did notice it took a LONG time to load fonts when it was booting up and then I got the error message. I did what was said here about 4 times and it doesn’t work. :(

  41. Jules on Wed, 15th Feb 2012 12:22 pm
  42. @Kathy – If you only have the default fonts, then chances are that the fonts are not the problem. You could simply try though by making a copy of your fonts folder and then removing the fonts, but I’d be careful with the default fonts. Did you change anything else recently? If so, try reverting that change.

  43. Hana on Wed, 2nd Jan 2013 6:04 am
  44. i try to do the ctrl+alt+shift and adjust my time but it didn’t work… the load stop at ‘Listing font’… Do you think font was the one that cause the problem?

  45. Jules on Thu, 3rd Jan 2013 10:51 am
  46. @Hana – Very possible. Suggest you make a copy of the font (in case you don’t have that yet), and then delete the font and try again. Seems to have worked for others too.

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