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I have used Dreamweaver CS3 for 7 years and now I changed the computer and installed it to the new computer.  But I could not activate it using the original serial number.  It seems this old dreamweaver is no logner supported.  So I could not use it any more??    This program is supposed to be good for two computers and I only used it for one computer.  So I do not think I have to deactivate the one on the old computer.    Any comment is appreciated.   Thank you.

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Correct answer by Nancy OShea | Adobe Community Professional

Did you have CS3 on this computer before?  If yes, you need to wipe all traces of it from your system.

NOTE: For best results, remove your old CS3 / Acrobat 8 BEFORE installing the replacement version.  Below is a link to the CS Cleaner Tool.  Use the Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool to solve installation problems

And remove the old Adobe PCD folder from

Program Files (x86)/Common Files/Adobe/

Or see  Resolve "temporary activation expired" error for CS3 and Acrobat 8

When prompted for serial number, enter the new one.  And click on Never Register.

Restart your computer.

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Dreamweaver CS3 Activation Problem

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I have used Dreamweaver CS3 for 7 years and now I changed the computer and installed it to the new computer.  But I could not activate it using the original serial number.  It seems this old dreamweaver is no logner supported.  So I could not use it any more??    This program is supposed to be good for two computers and I only used it for one computer.  So I do not think I have to deactivate the one on the old computer.    Any comment is appreciated.   Thank you.

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Correct answer by Nancy OShea | Adobe Community Professional

Did you have CS3 on this computer before?  If yes, you need to wipe all traces of it from your system.

NOTE: For best results, remove your old CS3 / Acrobat 8 BEFORE installing the replacement version.  Below is a link to the CS Cleaner Tool.  Use the Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool to solve installation problems

And remove the old Adobe PCD folder from

Program Files (x86)/Common Files/Adobe/

Or see  Resolve "temporary activation expired" error for CS3 and Acrobat 8

When prompted for serial number, enter the new one.  And click on Never Register.

Restart your computer.

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CS3 is more than a decade old.  The activation servers were retired.  You will need to obtain a new installer and serial number that does not need activation.  For details, see the correct answer below. 

Re-activating CS3 (Updated)

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Thank you for your information.

However,

Activation or connection error | CS3, Acrobat 8

It's official.  CS3 Activation Servers have been retired.  If you have CS3 or Acrobat 8, see this help article for further details on how to obtain a replacement version & new serial number that does not require activation.  This is not freeware.  You will be asked to log-in with your Adobe ID and provide a valid CS3 serial number.

Activation or connection error when starting CS3 or Acrobat 8

I got a new serial number from the above mentioned page.  I still cannot activate even with the new number provided.

It seems I need an authorization code.    There is no phone support for Adobe and chat service was not helpfull at all. They just directed me to this forum.

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Did you have CS3 on this computer before?  If yes, you need to wipe all traces of it from your system.

NOTE: For best results, remove your old CS3 / Acrobat 8 BEFORE installing the replacement version.  Below is a link to the CS Cleaner Tool.  Use the Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool to solve installation problems

And remove the old Adobe PCD folder from

Program Files (x86)/Common Files/Adobe/

Or see  Resolve "temporary activation expired" error for CS3 and Acrobat 8

When prompted for serial number, enter the new one.  And click on Never Register.

Restart your computer.

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
Alt-Web Design & Publishing

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