I wouldn't bother with the disks. Download the compound version using the trial:
Keep it in a safe place. Otehrwise you would probably need to use a CD/ DVD image creation software such as ISOBuster or any burning program to get an exact sector by sector image that then could be mounted as a virtual drive, if for whatever reason the files cannot be retrieved normally from the install media.
You can download the trial version of the software using the link below and then use your current serial number to activate it.
Be sure to follow the steps outlined in the Note: Very Important Instructions section on the download pages at this site or else the download will not work properly.
My problem would be simply solved by downloading. However, the Internet downloads from an isp is not without its problems either. Since the download of a collection of applications can take longer than what might be considered reasonable, the connection can be cut off. This technique is used by an isp to control network overload or customers who are continually using more than their acceptable share of time on the type of distribution network available. The bandwidth to my home has improved slightly since I tried to download the CS4 version two years ago. I was cut off twice during two lengthy download attempts so I ordered the discs. I am still limited by the telephone line distribution down my street with fibre distribution a few years away. I have a new Airport Extreme router that will improve things on my Intranet but the speed is still limited by the weakest link.
I would prefer using a method that has a high reliability of success, namely from files within my 6-core PC. The process for 3 disc installs is also much longer and I avoid disabling my protection if possible, since I have had a virus invasion during an installation.
Does the discs process allow installation without Internet connection?
I have used software to create ISO files that would be possible for me but having reviewed the files in the 3 CDs, there are a large number of repeated language files plus other files and sub files that make no sense to me from disc to disc. Without knowing how the files are interpreted through the software that controls the installation, I wonder how the ISO process would make sense of all this. It took me 20 minutes to copy disc 3 to my hard drive then after a review of the files and sub files in the other discs, I tried to interpret how much of the other discs needed to be added from repeated files.
Disc 1 contains in autorun: open=" " Adobe CS5\Set-up.exe" plus reference to an icon, then CS5 contains: deploy, packages, payloads, resources. Then readme files in various languages.
Disc 2 contains in autorun: reference to an icon, then CS5 contains: payloads.
Disc 3 contains in autorun: reference to an icon, then CS5 contains: payloads.
I imagine the Set-up.exe contains all the installation instructions. If I am to add all three to an HD as Microsoft recommends in my post, how do I include all files with repetitions as is from disc to disc with the inevitable 'do I want to replace existing files'?
Do you have a process I could use to make sense of this?