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Photoshop CS3 Activation [CS3 is dead and gone]

New Here ,
Jan 04, 2020 Jan 04, 2020

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Hello-

 

I'm attempting to install a very old version of Photoshop, CS3 onto my computer.  The version apparently is so old that the activation servers are no longer used, so once I put my serial number in it only allows me to have a 30 day trial of the program I own.

 

I contacted Adobe support and they gave me a link to a page that instructs me to delete the program, then I use Creative Cloud Cleaner, and finally I navigate and delete a cache file.  The instructions then instruct me to reinstall CS3 from the CS3 product download page, however the program is no longer listed.

 

I went through this process and attempted to reinstall via my CD, and once again I'm back where I started... with not being able to activate the program.

 

There's got to be a way around this.....

 

Help!  Thank you!

 

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Community Expert , Jan 04, 2020 Jan 04, 2020

Sorry, no... all versions of CS3 and earlier are completely gone... that includes the links to download the special non-activation version

 

If you do not want a Cloud subscription, go to http://www.adobe.com/products/elements-family.html

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Sorry, no... all versions of CS3 and earlier are completely gone... that includes the links to download the special non-activation version

 

If you do not want a Cloud subscription, go to http://www.adobe.com/products/elements-family.html

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Ugh!  That's awful!  Why didn't Adobe tell me that?  

 

Not happy.  I guess I can keep installing the program every 30 days.  

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I can only guess that support agents read from a computer screen of information, and that the information has not been updated... I contacted the Adobe employee who monitors these forums, so hopefully this won't happen to someone else

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New Here ,
Jan 04, 2022 Jan 04, 2022

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Hi--

 

My Cs3 just dropped out--

 

is it best to start all over --and sign up with CC--assuming there are no upgrades available for CS3? 

 

will I have access to my CS3 created files in the CC version of photoshop--?

 

thx

 

Chris

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Yes, you can open older Photoshop files with the "CC version".

 

My System: Intel i7-8700K - 64GB RAM - NVidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti - Windows 10 Pro 22H2 -- LR-Classic 12.1 - Photoshop 24.1. - Nik Collection 5 - Topaz Sharpener AI

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