How To: Backup and Restore Photoshop CS2 Settings and Workspaces

Posted on: February 11th, 2007 by Ben Bishop 1 Comment

Fairly regularly, it seems recently, I have had to backup and restore my settings for Adobe Photoshop CS2. This isn’t the most straightforward process but is relatively painless if you know where to look. This process can be followed for most of Adobe’s apps but in this example we will backup and restore Photoshop CS2.

This ‘how to’ applies to Vista/XP.


  1. Exit Photoshop CS2.
  2. Ensure that you can see hidden files and folders.
    • XP/Vista: From ‘folder options’ and the ‘View’ tab, select the radio button ‘Show hidden files and folders’.
  3. Locate your settings folder.
    • Vista: Usersuser nameAppdataRoamingAdobePhotoshop9.0Adobe Photoshop CS2 Settings
    • XP: Documents and Settingsuser nameApplication DataAdobePhotoshop9.0Adobe Photoshop CS2
  4. Copy this folder and archive securely.


  1. Exit Photoshop CS2.
  2. Locate the Photoshop CS2 settings folder in the same way as instructed above.
  3. Rename the folder to ‘Settings Old’.
  4. Copy the archived folder back to ‘9.0’ folder.
  5. Restart Photoshop CS2.
  6. When you are satisfied that you have all your settings and Photoshop is working correctly then delete the ‘Settings Old’ folder.

Always backup before making changes to files and folders on your system.

One thought on “How To: Backup and Restore Photoshop CS2 Settings and Workspaces

  1. there is no other photo editing tool that is as good as Adobe Photoshop, It is simpy the best ‘

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