Finding a lost serial number for an old photoshop 7.0.1

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Hello,

Help, I was trying to install munold photoshop 7.0.1, but I cannkt find the activation code. I know these wouldnt normally be given out, but I was wondering since its such an old version if its possible to get one.

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All the servers have been shut down for old versions of Photoshop. It wouldn't do any good to have your old activation code.

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I may be using the wrong terminology. Serial number or hex key. This is being used on a desktop

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Yea, what I previously said still stands. There are new codes, old versions of Photoshop can't be activated. 

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Chuck, I'm trying to remember: did PS 7 need activation or did that start with CS?

 

~ Jane

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I just found this from @D Fosse in 2017:

 

35789A9B-0E0C-422D-B15F-7F9A6791797F.jpeg

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@Robbie5E4D 

 

And now I've found the Help page for finding the serial number:

https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/find-serial-number.html

 

~ Jane

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You might be rightJane. Maybe the key code was built into the software at that point.

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It's a challenge to remember that far back Chuck!

~ Jane

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Yeah, it's a long time ago. There was a serial number that you were supposed to dial in here:

dial.jpg

 

Or wait, was that something else?

 

No, there wasn't any activation with 7.0. The serial number was enough. Activation came with CS / 8.0.

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but I was wondering since its such an old version if its possible to get one.


By @Robbie5E4D

I wouldn't bet on this.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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If you installed it in the past, it may be possible to use "key recovery software." Try a few  of the free ones. Major Geeks is a trusted source.

https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/license_crawler.html

 

but being it's 20 years old...

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Not sure if this will work or not:

https://focdownloads.blogspot.com/2013/07/adobe-photoshop-70-free-download-serial.html

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management" (pluralsight.com)

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If you have a windows computer that had/has photoshop 7 installed you can get the serial number from the Windows Registry.

 

Use Windows Logo key + R key then type regedit.

 

Then go to

 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Photoshop\7.0\Registration and the Serial should be there.

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And if on Mac, this may work:

https://mac-product-key-finder.com

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management" (pluralsight.com)

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Hi @Robbie5E4D,

Given PS7's advanced age and lack of features, this might be a good opportunity to scrap it for better software.  Even if you do find a serial number for your 2 decades old product, there's no guarantee it will run right on a modern machine and OS.  And there's absolutely zero chance it will run much less install on a recent Mac.

 

MODERN OPTIONS:
Photoshop Elements 2021 (under $100, no subscription needed).  It's a lite version of PS CC without all the bells & whistles and 1,000% better than PS7.
https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-elements.html

Creative Cloud Photography Plan -- approx $10/month for 12 months. Includes the latest versions of these great products & services:
-- Photoshop CC and Photoshop on iPad
-- Lightroom on desktop, mobile and the web
-- Lightroom Classic
-- Portfolio website + hosting
-- Spark with premium features
-- Bridge
-- 20 GB cloud storage (upgradable to 1 TB).
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html

Creative Cloud All Apps (52 apps & services).
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/plans.html

 

Whichever you decide, good luck! 🙂

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Good point, Nancy. PS7 and earlier was not designed for 1TB+ drives in Windows. Forget Macs. PS7 was the old Motorola G series Power PC CPUs, and I think on Intel Macs, the Rosetta emulator was needed.

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