How can I recover pictures from an expired Photoshop free trial?

SBHarkness August 19, 2011
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I am running Windows 98, which has a version of Photoshop on it. I activated the free trial, which grabbed all my important photos, which was fine when I could access it, but the 30 day period is over. I cant activate the software because it’s expired, but I can see the photos I want for a few seconds when I click the Photoshop icon, but then the screen comes up saying the trial is expired.

  1. Tina
    August 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

    SBHarkness,

    were you able to find the pictures and open them in another application?

    By the way, why are you still running Windows 98!?

  2. Anonymous
    August 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Photoshop Elements Database Tool,
    http://www.johnrellis.com/psedbtool/index.htm

    By default Adobe Photoshop Album (as does Photoshop Elements) stores photos in (user) >"My Documents" > "My Pictures" > "Adobe

    for the database
    http://www.graficalicus.com/index.php/tutorials/repairing-and-rebuilding-the-database-in-photoshop-elements/

  3. Mulder
    August 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    You don't need to recover any pictures, because they're not lost. During the free trial of Photoshop, you stored those photos somewhere, so all you need to do is go to that folder and there they are!

    To open them without buying Photoshop, you just need to use another program to view or edit photos. You'd also be better off associating those photos with that new program, and then delete Photoshop if you're not going to buy it.

  4. Mike
    August 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Photoshop is an editing program and doesn't do anything preventing you from opening pictures without it.

    The most likely scenario is that you associated the pictures file extension (e.g. jpeg/jpg) with the Photoshop software and now whenever you double click them your computer tries to open Photoshop.

    All you have is to open them with another software/viewer or edit the file association all together.

    Since I haven't used Win 98 in years I can only give you link to an article with one solution/way to edit the associations
    http://www.techrepublic.com/article/get-it-done-troubleshooting-windows-98-file-associations-part-1/1046838