Adobe Photoshop CS4 Error 148:3 Licensing for this product has stopped working

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If you get the error message: “Error 148:3 – Licensing for this 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.

We bought a copy of Adobe Photoshop not long ago, and the software just can’t recognize our license. While having headache with this problem, the Adobe support had provided us with several solutions and the below is the one that finally fixed the problem. We think it would be helpful to share this solution to anyone who is having the same problem as we had.

Fix: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Error 148:3 - Licensing for the product has stopped working

Re-enable Flexnet Licensing service – Adobe Photoshop CS4 error 148:3 Licensing for this 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.

Fix: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Error 148:3 - Licensing for the product has stopped working

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
  • Director
  • Technical Communication Suite

Go to Download and run the Adobe Licensing Repair Tool. Hope this helps!

Licensing for this product has stopped working Adobe Photoshop CS4 or Acrobat 9 – Alternate Fix

Scan and fix your Windows registry errors. Registry is a one stop center that stores all the settings, configurations and important data of all your software and Windows system. As you use your PC, over a long period of time, registry may get cluttered up and can cause errors (especially if you frequently uninstall, install or re-install stuffs). Cleaning up registry errors is one of the major step when it comes to computer maintenance. It has to be done gradually in order to keep your computer running in a problem-free, efficient manner. To do a full scanning of your Registry for errors and fix them automatically, we recommend Registry Easy.

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  • kimbis

    Thank you very much. It works on xp too.

  • Bittermohsen

    Very helpful stuff. Thanks!

  • Sfsparkles

    Thank you so much. It worked. Very much appreciated!

  • titi

    Very good. Thanks.

  • Shinoski One

    Today as of March 04th, 2014, the solution is still working. Thanks.

  • Simon

    Thank you but my old history has been deleted because I re-installed ADW.

  • nihal02

    Genius. Thank you!

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