Published at: August 1, 2022
Last modified: April 11, 2023
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This is strictly for educational purposes only — if you can’t pay for software, there are great free alternatives!

  1. Download Creative Cloud (CC).

  2. Install CC. DO NOT INSTALL “Genuine Software Detector”.

  3. Open CC and install whatever you want (even if it says “Start Trial”). Lightroom and Acrobat doesn’t work with this guide.

    If Adobe asks for a credit card:

    1. download and extract CCStopper,
    2. open CCStopper.bat,
    3. input number 4,
    4. and press Enter.
  4. Exit and kill all Creative Cloud services (open the Task Manager and stop anything containing “Adobe”, “Creative Cloud”, “CC”, or similar).

  5. Disable Adobe Genuine Service.

    1. Press Win+R.
    2. Run Services.msc.
    3. Look for “Adobe Genuine Monitor Service” and/or “Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service” (if you don’t find any, skip to step 6).
    4. For each one:
      1. right click,
      2. go to “Properties”,
      3. change “Startup type” to DISABLED,
      4. change “Service status” to STOPPED,
      5. click “Apply”,
      6. and “Close”.
  6. Delete the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\AdobeGCClient. If you there isn’t any, skip this step.

  7. Download GenP v2.7 and extract it.

  8. Run GenP, check the lastest CC version (for example, CC2022) for automatic detection and click the pill picture. If GenP says “file is not vanilla”, it means that the app has been patched previously.

  9. Disable all Adobe programs from startup (open the Task Manager -> Startup).

  10. Registry Editor (optional):

    1. press Win+R,
    2. run Regedit.msc,
    3. navigate to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\,
    4. find the key {0E270DAA-1BE6-48F2-AC49-...},
    5. set System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree value to 0.

That’s it! Always open the apps from the Windows menu / shortcurts, never from the Creative Cloud launcher.

If something’s wrong, check out this guide on r/GenP.


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