How to fix Adobe error 16 on Windows 10' By: Ogbonnaya Anicho
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This article will focus on how to fix Adobe error 16 on windows 10 and hopefully a lot of windows 10 users using adobe software suites will find this piece very helpful and instructive.

First Solution : Launch the Creative Cloud app with Administrator rights

Implement these steps only once to create licensing files that may be missing.

  1. Click Start > All Programs.
  2. Right-click the Creative Cloud application and click Run As Administrator.

Second Solution: Involves restoring permissions to licensing folders

The instructions below will help you set permissions to the Adobe PCD and SLStore folders in Windows 10.

There are 3 main steps;

  1. Set Folder and Search Options

  • Open a File Explorer window
  • Click the View tab and then click Options.
  • Deselect Use Sharing Wizard (Recommended) at the bottom of the Advanced Settings section.


  • Select Show hidden files, folders and drives


  • Click Ok.

2. Modify the SLStore Folder

  • In the File Explorer, navigate to ProgramData\Adobe\SLStore.
  • Right-click the SLStore folder and choose Properties.
  • In the Attributes section, deselect the Read-only option.
  • Click Apply, and then click OK to close the Confirm Attribute Changes dialog box.

3. Set Permissions

Please perform the procedure below twice, once each for the Adobe PCD and the SLStorefolders.

Perform this procedure two times, once each for the Adobe PCD and the SLStorefolders.

SLStore ProgramData\Adobe\SLStore
Adobe PCD Windows 32 bit:  Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe PCD\

Windows 64 bit: Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ Adobe PCD\

  • In File Explorer, right-click the Adobe PCD or the SLStore folder, and chooseProperties.

  • Click the Security tab and set permissions:

    Adobe PCD

    • Administrators: Full Control
    • System: Full Control


    • Administrators: Full Control
    • Power Users: Everything but Full Control and Special
    • System: Full Control
    • Users: Read and Special


  • Click Advanced and, if asked, accept the User Account Control (UAC) elevation prompt.

  • Click the Owner tab, select Administrators, and click Edit.



  • Select Replace Owner on Subcontainers and Objects. Click Apply, and then click OK.


  • Select the Permissions tab and click Change Permissions.


  • Select Replace all Child Object Permissions with Inheritable Permissions from this Object. Click OK, and then click Yes.



  • Click OK, and then click OK again in the Windows Security dialog box.

  • Click OK to close the Advanced Security Settings dialog box.

    The steps highlighted above will help windows 10 users fix the Adobe error 16 without much difficulties. In preparing the above material the Adobe help document was duly referenced. Kindly feedback if the article has helped in any significant way in resolving the Adobe error 16 issue.

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