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CS4 on Windows 7

Posted by Jon Geddes
11:48 am on February 19th, 2010


For those of you wondering about the Adobe Creative Suite compatibility with Windows 7, you should read this:

Furthermore, we have tested our Pro Motion Menu Kits and workflow with CS4 under Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate and the results are… amazing. Everything is lightning fast and we can confirm it’s compatibility.

There are no issues with Quicktime (since After Effects, Encore, and Quicktime are all 32-bit applications) as some of our customers were concerned about this. We installed the standard version available from Apple’s website and not any alternate or lite version.

The only important thing to remember when installing CS4 on Windows 7 is to also install the Roxio/Sonic PX Engine (since Encore uses the Sonic PX Engine). You can download that here:

Roxio/Sonic PX Engine

We haven’t noticed any show-stopping bugs while running under Windows 7. One small bug is that After Effects CS4 only detected 4 of our 8 cores (Quad Core i7 with hyper threading), which isn’t too big of a deal unless you have more than 12GB of ram and want to take full advantage of the multiprocessing capabilities of After Effects. Interestingly enough, AE CS3 detects all 8 cores under Windows 7.

I just thought I would pass this information along to all of you looking to upgrade to Windows 7 in the near future, but were maybe hesitant due to concerns about compatibility.

2 Responses to “CS4 on Windows 7”

  1. Sonny says:

    Thanks Jon,i just place an order two days ago for window 7 and its good to know for giving us heads up.

  2. Windows7Guy says:

    Hello Jon,

    Have you checked compatibility?
    Just an FYI for you.

    It is always best to check with the software manufacturer FIRST. They will tell you if they have tested the product and the version, as well as whether or not it will work with Windows 7.
    Check out the Windows 7 Compatibility site: (There you will find out about hardware and software compatibility.)
    There is a pulldown from which you can choose “hardware” and “software”.

    There are also some great articles, instructional videos and such to help with your Windows 7 at our Springboard site:

    In any event a lot of the times, Vista drivers will work in lieu of Windows 7 drivers, however, it’s not 100%!

    As stated previously, it’s best to have the Windows 7 certified drivers installed.
    Thanks again,
    John M.
    Microsoft Windows Client Support

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