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CS3 activation [CS3 IS DEAD]

New Here ,
Mar 14, 2022 Mar 14, 2022

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I have Adobe CS3. My old computer crashed after 10 years and computer repair was unable to fix the hard drive.

 

 

I tried to install CS3 again. After installing the disc's and putting the serial number, it says activate now, but then it says unable to connect.

 

Please let me know if it's possible to get a new serial number or bypass the activate now page

 

I treasure CS3 it is Ana amazing product and my business needs this program immediately so I can get patent publications made

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Community Expert ,
Mar 14, 2022 Mar 14, 2022

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Unfortunately CS3 is a dead product. The CS3 activation servers were retired back in 2017. There is no way to activate CS3 or use it any more.

 

You've done extremely well to keep using it until now but this is the end of the line.

 

See https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-suite.html

 

"CREATIVE SUITE 2, 3, AND 4
You can no longer reinstall Creative Suite 2, 3 or 4 even if you have the original installation disks. The aging activation servers for those apps had to be retired."

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Mar 14, 2022 Mar 14, 2022

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Sorry your computer crashed but as @John Waller said,  CS3 from 2007 is dead now.  Creative Suite is no longer sold in any country. You need new software to match your new computer. 

MODERN OPTIONS:
Photoshop Elements (approx $100, no subscription needed). Even though Elements is a consumer-grade product, it's way better than CS3.
https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-elements.html

Creative Cloud Photography Plan (approx $10/month for 12 months). Includes the following:
- Pro-level Photoshop CC and Photoshop on iPad
- Lightroom on desktop, mobile and the web
- Lightroom Classic
- Portfolio website + hosting
- Bridge
- 20 GB cloud storage (upgradable to 1 TB).
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html

Creative Cloud All Apps (51 + apps & services)
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/plans.html

 

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Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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New Here ,
Mar 22, 2022 Mar 22, 2022

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I do t think this action is fair. I paid for my product it is not purchased problem if it has to be activated. The serial number is still valid. I do not want to purchase a new version.

 

Please figure out a solution. I spoke with a lady named Priti who guaranteed that I would not have to purchase new software.

 

 

Can you provide me with a new version that automatically okays the serial number?

Or perhaps reuse the old servers again?

 

 

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Mar 22, 2022 Mar 22, 2022

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CS3 is end of life.  It's impossible to reinstall 15 year old software.  And there is nothing anybody here can do about it.  You got more than your money's worth out of CS3.  If you had upgraded to CS6 when it was still available, you would have software you can use but you didn't.  Time to get new software.

 

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Beware of fake Adobe reps who may contact you privately offering to sell you software or take control of your computer. It's a scam, run away! Real Adobe employees will never reach out via Outlook, Yahoo, Gmail or Skype.
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3 Easy Ways to Identify Genuine Adobe Staff
https://tinyurl.com/10791730

 

Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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