Adobe Photoshop CS4 Error 148:3 – Licensing for the product has stopped working
If you get the error message: “Error 148:3 – Licensing for the product has stopped working” that comes up whenever you try to open Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended (also applicable to Photoshop CS6 and CS5) or any other Adobe products, it generally means that your adobe licensing service has not been started or is not configured properly.
I bought a copy of Adobe Photoshop not long ago, and the software just can’t recognize my license. While having headache with this problem, the Adobe support had provided me several solutions and the below is the one that finally fixed my problem. I think it would be helpful to share this solution to anyone who is having the same problem as I had.
Re-enable Flexnet Licensing service – Adobe Photoshop CS4 error 148:3 Licensing for the product has stopped working
If you’ve recently done some clean up on your computer, or anything else that involves changing the configuration of the startup services on your computer, you may have accidentally disabled the Flexnet Licensing service, which is a crucial component for launching adobe applications. It is this service that check if you actually have the proper license to run the application. To re-enable the service, go to Control Panel, Administrative tools, Services. Scroll down until you see the Flexnet Licensing service, right click it and select Properties. Select Automatic for the Startup type field. Click Start and then OK. Try running Photoshop now and it should work just fine.
Run Adobe Licensing Repair Tool – Adobe error 148:3 Photoshop CS4
Alternatively, you can use this tool to solve the problem. This is a tool developed by Adobe itself to upgrade the licensing service and repair a license file for:
- Acrobat 8 and 9
- Creative Suite 3 and 4
- Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements
- Technical Communication Suite
Go to http://www.adobe.com/support/contact/licensing.html. Download and run the Adobe Licensing Repair Tool. Hope this helps!