You don't transfer programs, you put your disc in the drive and do a new install
My new computer doesn't have a disc drive. I want to install the same program that I own already. I have the serial number for installation. Can I download it, use my serial # and use it as before ?
Thank you, Kathy Scott
You can get plug-in disk drives which are inexpensive.
Or you can read on another computer and move it with a USB key.
Don't expect ancient software to work well on a new computer, or work at all on a new Mac.
"Can I download it"
No, Adobe only offers the current version and the one previous for download (with a Creative Cloud subscription), and it's a function of the OS that the application must be installed and not transferred. CS4 may or may not actually work on a new OS.
Typically, if you want to keep using old software, you need to keep the same hardware and OS. When you change one component, sometimes you have to change all.
CS4 - CS6 - 32 & 64 bit works fine with Windows 8.1 ... Dual core processor with 4GB RAM - Adobe refers you to use something old and outdated like XP , Vista, and other OS that you can't possibly still have that works - because they don't know/ and won't say because they want you to rent what they have now
Don't know about it working with Windows 10 - or with a Quad or Dual Quad cores with 8GB of RAM
Look on your computer ..."Control Panel" - under ..."System"... and it'll show what processor you have - if it's a Quad Core... it's a little iffy ... it may run a little erratic... kinda like a kid walking in shoes that are too big for his/her feet
If you're going to use anything ... use an SD card ... a 16GB SanDisk SD card is only $7.99 - Target - if you don't have a card reader to plug it into ... you can also get a Vivitar USB card reader at Target for like $9 - Trust me... It's $20 well spent
If you have a disc - go to Kinkos/FedEx and they'll transfer it to an SD card for like 10 bucks - Two years ago they did that for a friend when I put his CS6 on his computer without a DVD drive ... or have a friend who has a disc drive transfer the disc to the SD card
Flash drives/thumb drives are unreliable and can sometimes not work right and sometimes just stop working for no reason at all - They're cheap ... but double the price and use a SD card and you won't regret it - plus most laptops and desktops have card readers installed instead of Optic drives
Kathy ... when you write ..."serial number"... do you mean ... "product key"... ?
Nobody here by that name.
No. A license key is a 24-digit alphanumeric redemption code. Not the same thing as a serial number.
The Adobe serial number is used to activate the product after installation.
If product was registered, log-in to your account below to find your serial number.
That said, CS4 is outdated, discontinued and unsupported. It might work or it might not. Use at your own risk.
CS4, CS5 and CS6 are on life support. They can still be activated providing you have the following:
1. original media (disks or downloads) you received at purchase and way to read them,
2. a legitimate serial number for that particular media version and platform (Win/Mac),
3. an older operating system that can support legacy Creative Suite.
NOTE: Creative Suite installers won't work on macOS Sierra, High Sierra or Mojave without terminal workarounds.
MacOS Catalina is not an option as it cannot support older 32-bit apps.
Creative Suite is no longer legally sold by any vendor, retailer or country.
Photoshop or Premier Elements 2020 (approx $100, no subscription needed)
Creative Cloud Photography Plan (approx $10/month for 1 year subscription)
Creative Cloud All Apps Plan (31 + apps & services)
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