Installing Adobe Photoshop Elements: Administrator problems

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by christofff, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. christofff macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2010
    Hi all!
    I've just got a new MacBook Pro and I'm trying to install Photoshop Elements 2.0, I haven't had any free trials on it so there are no previous files to cause problems. There appears to be a problem with the administrator settings instead. So I'll explain my problem step by step:
    1: I open the folder for photoshop elements 2 in the CD drive
    2: I click the icon entitled "install photoshop elements"
    3: Setup opens and I click continue when prompted.
    4: Following Message appears:

    "You must be logged in as an Administrator to install this product. Please quit all applications, log out, log back in as admin then run this installer."

    But I am an administrator and I've tried doing it on the other account as well (Also Admin)

    Anyway, so this is my first mac, so there's probably a million things I'm doing wrong but I managed to take a screenshot of the accounts window, Not too sure how to post it though...

    The only other thing that I can think of is that PSE2 is obsolete- it is pretty old, and I also had it registered on a PC in the past. But these don't seem as likely.

    If anyone had any sound ideas please let me know. As I said, I'm new to Macs and would really appreciate any help! Thank you!
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    That software is old, 2002 is the date of the release.

    That means, that software is written for the PPC architecture of IBM CPUs, the one used before Apple switched to Intel CPUs which use the x86 architecture.

    Therefore you need to install Rosetta to run PPC codec software on x86 (Intel) Macs. As Mac OS X 10.6 has no PPC support, you need to install Rosetta.
    Look here: .

    Did that help you install PSE 2?

    Also have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files. - text - videos - text - keyboard shortcuts
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    I couldn't get PSE3 installed on Snow Leopard so there's no surprise you can't get PSE2 installed. You'll need an old make or a newer PSE, they're up to version 8.
  4. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Its beyond obsolete. Try archaeological. I'd also hazard a guess there is nothing PSE 2 can do that iPhoto cant so try that first, or there is plenty of free photo editing software that must be at least its equal.

    I have PSE8 running without issue on SL.

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