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What is the future of CS4 Activation?

New Here ,
Jul 12, 2020

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After installing Adobe CS3 on my older Mac after a hard drive crash, I found I was unable to complete activation because Adobe's server for CS3 activations had been retired. Thankfully I was able to install CS4 on the machine and it activated! And this version still supports the old file types I need to access. I was able to use the date change workaround suggested by another forum member to auto-update.

 

Now that leads to the next question. How can I find out when Adobe is going to discontinue online activation for CS4 so I can plan accordingly? I did not get the memo on CS3 until it was too late. (FYI - I have a Creative Cloud subscription, but I still need access to older versions of the software to support customer data.)

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What is the future of CS4 Activation?

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After installing Adobe CS3 on my older Mac after a hard drive crash, I found I was unable to complete activation because Adobe's server for CS3 activations had been retired. Thankfully I was able to install CS4 on the machine and it activated! And this version still supports the old file types I need to access. I was able to use the date change workaround suggested by another forum member to auto-update.

 

Now that leads to the next question. How can I find out when Adobe is going to discontinue online activation for CS4 so I can plan accordingly? I did not get the memo on CS3 until it was too late. (FYI - I have a Creative Cloud subscription, but I still need access to older versions of the software to support customer data.)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 12, 2020

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>>>How can I find out when Adobe is going to discontinue online activation for CS4 so I can plan accordingly?

 

You can't. These things are never announced in a structured manner which allows for forward planning by end users.

 

CS2 and CS3 activation shutdowns both happened quickly in a non-negotiable way.

 

CS4 shutdown cannot be far away but I have no knowledge of when.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 19, 2020

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CS3's activation servers failed.  Nobody plans for that, it just happens.  CS4, 5 & 6 are on life support.  But as long as you never need to re-install or upgrade your computer you should be golden for another 10 years. 

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
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