This problem is occurring on a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1 computer. It has Adobe Creative Suite 2 CS2 installed. It has been working for more than a year.
Recently, for the primary user of the computer, we're getting "An error has been detected with a required application library and the product cannot continue. Please reinstall the application." I haven't bothered to reinstall CS2 for several reasons, including web postings from others discussing how reinstalling didn't change the problem.
Another reason I haven't re-installed is that ALL the programs in CS2 work for other users that can log into the computer. If the application was truly broken, it would be broken for all the other users.
Adobe, bless their hearts, won't support CS2 because it is not current.
Other posts suggest that
a) this is a registration problem
b) this is a settings problem and that the fix is to delete a directory.
c) this is an Anti-Virus software problem.
On "a", I can start with the Ctl-Alt-Shift keys and the program starts without the error.
But, if I then start without the Ctl-Alt-Shift keys, the error is still present.
On "b", the directory listed was referenced on WinXP style directories, and I haven't figured out the corresponding directory in Win7. The directory in WinXP was C:\D&S\User\ApplicationData\Adobe\settings ( I think - I haven't been able to re-find that posting.)
On "c", I've tried disabling the active scan portion, but it didn't make any difference. The computer is running VIPRE, and has been before and after the problem. It is also running VIPRE for all the other users that CAN run CS2 apps, so that doesn't seem like it is the problem.
I've compared the C:\Users\Username\AppData folders between the primary user and the others. It's not clear to me which folder I would delete, since most reference a specific applicaiton (like InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop, etc) and this problem happens for every CS2 app. I haven't looked through the registry yet.
I'm thinking to back up the whole disk, then delete the user's profile, and then re-create it, and then put back their documents, email, contacts, bookmarks, etc. That's a fair amount of trouble, but it should work.
Is there an easier way?