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Retreiving Adobe CS2 serial number off old hard drive


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#1 S. Langfield

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 08:00 PM

I have a LEGITIMATE copy of Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium (seriously, I will take pictures of the box and CDs if I need to). It was purchased a while back and given to me when I was younger. Younger and more stupid, I might add, since I neither asked for the receipt nor registered the product online. This was fine up until I wanted Adobe CS2 on my new computer, and upon transferring it told me my serial number was now invalid. I probably just need to re-install, but surprise surprise, I lost the sleeve with the serial number on it too!

I tried calling Adobe to see if there was anything I could do, but no luck, thanks to the lack of proof of purchase. So I turned to Google. Apparently, the serial number is stored in the registry of my computer. I recently upgraded my old computer to a new one, since the old one doesn't power on anymore (and it's old). My old hard drive is currently in a USB enclosure connected to my new computer.

What I'd like to know is, is there any way I can view the registry of my old hard drive? I don't want to edit or remove anything, just to look and see the serial number of my copy of Adobe CS2.

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Old Computer OS: Windows XP (SP3)
New Computer OS: Windows 7 64-bit

(I also googled a possible solution. Something about loading a "hive" into regedit and then unloading it when I'm done. Further research says the serial number is said to be under HKEY_CURRENT_USER, and the, uh "hive" for that is said to be located in NTUSER.DAT. Well, I know where NTUSER.DAT is, but I sure don't know how to do anything with the registry!)

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 10:17 PM

The Belarc Advisor or SIW should show it
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html
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Posted 12 December 2009 - 10:40 PM

I could be wrong...but I believe those 2 utilities only work on the system drive which is active, not an additional hard drive in a non-boot/system state.

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 12:10 AM

Thanks for the responses. I have to agree with hamluis here. I tried out Belarc, and Adobe CS2 didn't even show up on the list.

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 10:30 AM

If it still has the OS on it:

Could you install the old drive in your new pc as the primary drive? It would be temporary, just long enough to run one of the utilities for the number.

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 02:03 PM

but I believe those 2 utilities only work on the system drive which is active

I knew there was a reason I write down all of the program keys on the inside cover :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 December 2009 - 03:54 PM

If it still has the OS on it:

Could you install the old drive in your new pc as the primary drive? It would be temporary, just long enough to run one of the utilities for the number.


It still has the OS, yes. I'm not very good with computers, though, how would I go about doing this?

My comp information, if needed:

Dell Insprion 537
Processor: Intel® Celeron® CPU

garmanma: Haha, I have a list of my keys now, but I started the habit sometime after I lost my Adobe serial number. :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 03:58 AM

unplug your current master HDD and plug the old one in its place. Reboot the computer and listen to it complain about drivers for a few minutes and hopefully you won't get a blue screen of death. If all goes ok and you can get windows to load you can run SIW and retrieve the keys. I keep mine on an encrypted usb drive that hangs out with the dust bunnies inside my pc's case.

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