I had been using Adobe Photoshop 14 for several years without problems.
I recently accidentally deleted the program and had to reinstall.
I found my license number, but every time I enter it the software won't register it. The little circle spins and then the box comes back saying I have so many days left on my trial. Those days are now used up, I enter the license number, but the software will not load. The prompt box telling me the trial has ended and invites me to buy the software or enter the license information returns.
It's an endless loop. No matter how many times I enter my verified serial license number it simply will not register it.
What's going on? How do I fix this?
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Photoshop or Photoshop Elements?
Are you sure you have the right serial number?
"I recently accidentally deleted the program"
Deleted or uninstalled?
If Windows, try System Restore.
Sorry to hear of you dilema.
What I would like to know is how do you Accidentally delete files that make a program function?
They are in a special folder, Application on a Mac and Program, that is PROGRAM, Files on Windows.
The name of the folder clearly states it is for the Programs and or Applications you have installed, Why would you Delete any files from either of those 2 places.
I've wonder this for a long time and can't come up with a reasonable explanation how that can happen.
Best of luck to you.
The ability of people to delete files they need has always astonished me. I once had an in-person conversation like this: "My email doesn't work" (I try some things). "It's strange, a file called MAIL.PST seems to have disappeared" [in Outlook this holds all your messages]. "Oh, I deleted that." "Why??" "I didn't know what it was for." [Happily, of course it was backed up every night].