System Requirements for Adobe Photoshop 7.0

Updated April 17, 2017

In 2002, Adobe released version 7.0 of its Photoshop image editing software, which was the last updating of Photoshop before Adobe began packaging it inside the CS, or Creative Suite, line of products. The review website CNET reported that this new version included an improved paint engine and brush effects and a "Tools" preset option that let users save combinations of frequently applied editing tools. Your computer must meet certain system requirements to run Photoshop 7.0.

Operating System Requirements

Individuals who purchased Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for their personal computers (PCs) when Adobe first released the new software could run Windows operating systems released since Windows 98. The OS on which they could install Photoshop 7.0 included Windows 98 and Windows 98 Special Edition as well as Windows Millennium Edition and Windows XP. Network administrators could install Adobe Photoshop on Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0.

At the time of Photoshop 7.0's release, Microsoft had recently released Windows XP; since then, the company has produced Windows Vista and Windows 7. Users who have Vista must install Service Pack 2. As of September 2010, Microsoft has not made a compatibility patch for Windows 7.

Users who bought Photoshop 7.0 for a Mac needed to run Mac OS 9.1, 9.2 or Mac OS X version 10.1.3. Since the release of version 7.0, Apple has produced Mac OS X 10.6. The Snow Leopard Wiki website reports that Photoshop 7.0 will crash during start-up on that operating system.


Users who bought Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for a PC needed at least an Intel Pentium class III processor to run the software. Those who wanted to install Photoshop 7.0 on a Mac needed a Power PC processor or higher. Adobe Photoshop 7.0 required at least 128 MB of RAM to run on both Mac and PCs, though Adobe recommended 192MB of RAM for optimum performance. The version of Photoshop 7.0 released for PC would take up 280 MB of hard drive space, while the Mac OS version required 320 MB of hard drive space. Both PC and Mac users need a CD or CD/DVD drive to install the software.


Running Adobe 7.0 on either a Mac or a PC requires at least a 16-bit video card, with optimal performance coming from 32- or 64-bit cards. Users of both PCs and Macs also need a colour monitor capable of at least an 800x600 display resolution.

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Since 2005, James Rutter has worked as a freelance journalist for print and Internet publications, including the “News of Delaware County,” “Main Line Times” and Broad Street Review. As a former chemist, college professor and competitive weightlifter, he writes about science, education and exercise. Rutter earned a B.A. in philosophy and biology from Albright College and studied philosophy and cognitive science at Temple University.