Adobe Photoshop Elements - Serial Key

From the knowledge base, http://itninja.com/link/silent-install-instructions-for-photoshop-elements-6-(aoo-volume-license-version-on-windows),

--------quoting the package kb-----------
I have found a better solution for this problem. No need to create the overide file or ship the setup.ini file along with the package.
In Photoshop elemnets 6.0, there is a file named "application.xml" in the folder "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 6.0\AMT". This file is installed by the MSI itself. Just edit this file and add the below entries in the Payload section
<Data key="EULA">Suppress</Data>
<Data key="Registration">Suppress</Data>
<Data key="Updates">Suppress</Data>
<Data key="Serial" protected="0">xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx</Data>
Now, save the file and install this file through your MST. This will add the serial key, suppress the registration prompt and updates. No network problems and works properly in Users as well.

I have followed these exact steps and it was not picking up the serial number from the xml file. So now I am going to try the .override file method mentioned in the article. Meanwhile, has anyone tried this alternate way of modifying the application.xml file and did it work? am i missing anything?

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Posted by: Rheuvel 11 years ago
Brown Belt
It took me a while to figure out that you quoted part from the package KB. Please use some BB codes next time, like the quote code... It's there for a reason.

Anyways, if that solution posted by WiseNdMe isn't working and you're REALLY sure you did exactly as told, just give it a bad rating, so others will know the information isn't correct. Not everything posted in the KB is actually tested by someone else first, just quickly reviewed.

The application.xml.override is a more common and better known method, so indeed try that one. Good luck!
Posted by: msi_support 11 years ago
Orange Belt
Thanks Rheuvel.. I did try to put it all in a different color and it all appeared fine on my IE8 browser...... apparently it did not show up when i finally submitted the post.

As for my silent install, the second method of using the override file did not work either. Is there something wrong that I am doing? I have added the entries below and saved them in the source files folder as "application.xml.override" file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Data key="EULADelay">0</Data>
<Data key="Serial" protected="0">xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx</Data>
<Data key="Registration">Suppress</Data>
<Data key="Updates">Suppress</Data>

Replacing "x" with the actual serial number. I launched the shortcut on install and it still was asking for the serial number.
I am lost now. I wish there was a property that I could set using a transform. [&o]
Posted by: anonymous_9363 11 years ago
Red Belt
Use a proper text editor - i.e. pretty much anything that's not Notepad - and save the XML file in Unicode/UTF-8 format rather than ASCII, then see if that makes a difference.
Posted by: msi_support 11 years ago
Orange Belt
I tried doing that too Ian. I used textpad to actually edit and save the override file and also when i was checking for the "application.xml" file option.
But. I do have some good news.. just beats me how we'd implement it .. When I copy all the source files to the local machine and then create the override file, it installs and picks up the serial number.

I probably was dumb enough to ignore the part in the KB article which said ........ "You can start the Photoshop Elements installer silently when the install files are on a network location, however a problem in the installer will prevent the serial number from being applied to the installed application."

Ofcourse all this while i was installing the app from a network location and so the serial number was not getting applied. Can someone tell me whats the point of all these override files and things like that when you have to copy the source files to the local machine and then run the install. Doesn't make our lives easy [8|]
Posted by: Rheuvel 11 years ago
Brown Belt
That's just.... Adobe. I don't have any other words for it...

However, what kind of deployment do you use? SCCM for example has an option to cache the install source locally first before installing. Maybe you can find a solution in that direction. If not, I guess a script to copy it and start it afterwards?
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