Error Message: Camera Raw editing is not enabled.

In Adobe Bridge at one time I would get an error message when I tried to play with my *.RAW or *.CR2 file, that would read:  “Camera Raw editing is not enabled. Camera Raw editing requires that a qualifying product has been launched at least once to enable this feature”.

What I was doing when this happened was trying to go Reset the Camera Raw Defaults (return the image to what it was when I took it in the camera). When I was searching for the solution to this error, I came across people who were complaining it would happen when they right clicked and selected to open a raw file in Camera Raw.

So, the solution that worked for me was:
You must have a full edition – Cracked or legal, this should work.
1. In your Adobe Photoshop Folder, find the amtlib.dll file. Copy this file (maybe paste it onto your desktop for quick access).
(Find the amtlib.dll file in all extension folders. ie. Bridge, Extension manager, or whatever.)
2. Copy a backup or rename them to something like amtlib_bckp.dll.
3. Paste the .dll file as described in step 1. in all the extension folders.

(Note: If this doesn’t work, delete “artificial” .dll files. Don’t delete the original file. Replace or rename the original .dll files back to the original names and return them into their original folders. )

This worked for me, and I hope it works for you!

The solution was found at

Now that you’re familiar with this, you can read about how to create an edit history log and the save the image settings (history) for RAW files.


  1. Gaurav Kakade June 12, 2011 7:19 am  Reply

    Wow..!!! genius. You are supperb. I had the same problem and your solution worked very very very well for me. You helped to remove my frustration…… HA HA HA HA HA I AM SO HAPPY…. THANKS FRIEND…..

  2. Gaurav Kakade July 25, 2011 11:21 pm  Reply

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha …….. VOILA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUPPERB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111 THIS MAN IS REALLY GENIUS………. HE SHOULD BE AWARDED………………….. REALLY REMOVED THE FRUSTRATION……. THANKS BUDDY………………

    • ned July 28, 2011 12:42 pm  Reply

      Glad it helped you Guarav 🙂

    • ned June 18, 2013 8:40 am  Reply

      Akabizarro Marko, I’ve added a video to the posting, that hopefully answers some of your question. Please note that you must first run the programs you’re hoping to automatically run, prior to automatically running them.

  3. thiseas July 21, 2013 11:37 am  Reply

    Thank you man! It works on winxp cs5.

  4. Johnb837 September 14, 2014 1:57 pm  Reply

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I am very glad to see such wonderful info being shared freely out there

    • Ned October 24, 2014 6:06 pm  Reply

      Hey, happy it helped John.

  5. DArt March 25, 2015 6:19 pm  Reply

    I have Bridge CC 6.1 and PS CC 2014 and by doing as described, Bridge doesn’t open at all. It says it can’t find AMTRecordCodecInvocation in the amtlib.dll. Neither the option “browse in bridge” from Photoshop (along with using the “artificial” .dll file) does work, nothing just happens. Any hints? I have already reinstalled Bridge, now should I reinstall PS?

    • Ned May 11, 2015 5:58 pm  Reply

      DArt, I suspect that you have a much newer version of Bridge and PS and the licensing works in an entirely different manner. I would have to dig into your computer further to be able to help you with this I’m afraid.

      • Walter September 14, 2015 7:47 pm  Reply

        I meet the exactly same problem as DArt.
        Dear Ned, can you help us?

        Thanks so much!

        • Ned September 29, 2015 1:06 pm  Reply

          Walter, I can only suggest that you make sure both programs are at the same level: ie. Photoshop 4 and Bridge 4.

          I have also found that on newer versions of both, of all Adobe suites, they have different licensing techniques and suspect that this won’t work at all.

  6. Martin June 13, 2015 11:18 am  Reply

    Thanks a lot!

  7. Ed January 29, 2017 8:25 pm  Reply

    Works a treat, thank you! (CC 2017)

  8. Philip December 18, 2020 8:14 am  Reply

    How to get this working in PS 2021 and Bridge 2021. 🙂

    • Ned February 20, 2021 4:17 pm  Reply

      I haven’t had this problem yet, I’m afraid.

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