I downloaded the trial version of Photoshop CS4 and ran it OK for about a week. Then all of a sudden it just crashed and wouldnt open anymore. No warnings etc. Just wouldnt open.
I'd seen enough of the program so decided I'd buy it and got CS4 extended (student version). Great stuff I thought. Uninstalled the trial version and went ahead with loading up the new program. All went well with the install, accepted my product key no problems. Then the dreaded "License has expired" has come up and I'm basically left with a brand new program that does nothing at all sitting on my computer. Bridge and drive etc work OK - or seem to.
I've had a case opened with Adobe for 3 days now and have had no response at all. - not that I'm expecting too much after reading comments on here and around the net. Seems they have my cash and thats it as far as they're concerned.
Luckily I dont have too much important stuff on my laptop and have it all backed up. So I'm tempted to be a bit extreme as long as I get some confidence it would work.
I'm presuming that if I format the Hard drive (its not partitioned) and reinstall my OEM Vista (from a Dell Disk) then there should be no problems with installing CS4 again and getting it to run without all the trouble of it seemingly looking at the wrong key for activation. I'm not sure if the OEM disk allows me to reformat the complete hard disk prior to loading Vista again. Or whether it will just keep the old stuff on and mess things up again.
I know the retail versions give you an option of a complete fresh install, but I dont really want to go and buy a copy of Vista just to get CS4 to work, and with Windows 7 on the horizon.
It might be cheaper to just to a larger hard drive (which I want anyway) and install on that.
Any opinions? I just really want to get this up and running.
Cheers for any help.
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Adobe releases peroducts that are essentially DEFECTIVE otehrwise license issues, multiple reinstallations, bad addressing issues would NOT be so bothersome.
i just encountered the same problem as well.
With my Master Collection CS4 specifically on PhotoShop. ( LICENSE EXPIRED )
But when I back date my system it comes up normally.
Its a shame Adobe has that tradition of not supporting the older versions ( how old can CS4 be )
Hope it helps
The license problem has resurfaced -- this is a recurring issue with Adobe software!! One would THINK that Adobe would have enough responsibility to find a PERMANENT solution to their mistakes.
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