N/APosted on - 05/22/2015
I do image editing and designs for personal use. I was using adobe till now and now the license has expired and it cannot be used again on my PC. I am looking to explore other software from well known companies which do have major features of image editing built in. It should be available for very less price; perhaps it is wonderful if I get that for free. Please suggest at least couple of alternatives and of course they have to be compatible for windows 8.1. Thanks a lot for caring.
Adobe Photoshop alternative for windows 8.1
Since Adobe software are getting higher and higher, it is very frustrating when you reached the end of the road for your license and you are forced to find an alternative because choosing another Adobe product would mean another slash on your wallet.
There are lots of Windows 8 users who are still using Adobe Photoshop 7 on their computer thinking that it is not supported and is way too old. Since you are only doing the image editing and designing for your personal use, might as well try installing this ancient software. According to the Adobe website, Photoshop 7 will not run on Windows 8 because it is not supported.
There is also another thing about Photoshop 7 that prevents other users from installing it on Windows 8, they say it will not install on hard drives bigger than 1 TB. But these are all not true. There are many Windows 8 users that are using Photoshop 7 on their computer with hard drive bigger than 1 TB.
If you want Photoshop back no matter what version it is and free, you should try Photoshop 7. To try if it’s going to work on your Windows 8.1, download Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1. Once downloaded, unpack it using 7-Zip. If you don’t have it, go to 7-Zip File Compressor.
Don’t worry. Unlike WinRAR and WinZip, 7-Zip is absolutely free that’s why I stick to it and it offers better compression ratio than the two. Once unpacked, don’t install it yet because that’s where the problem starts mostly. Restart your computer in Safe Mode. To restart in Safe Mode the easiest, go to the command prompt and type without quotes “msconfig” then hit Enter.
Select Boot tab and then check “Safe boot” then restart the computer. Once you’re in Safe Mode, go to the Photoshop 7 folder and run Setup.exe to start the installation. When you are asked for the registration code, open “sn.txt” using Notepad and copy the serial number. Continue with the installation.
When it is finished, repeat the same steps to open “msconfig” then uncheck “Safe boot” and then restart the computer. This will start the computer in Normal mode. And that’s it. You should be able to use Photoshop 7 now on Windows 8.