I would agree with Hunt that at this point this has become an Adobe matter.
I have found the following a convenient route to it at many levels. In this route, you get immediate attention and/or direction via its Chat line.
If you click "I still need help" under the header of "Activating my product or Serial Number issues", you should see an Adobe Chat opportunity pop up. The rep can handle the matter or direct you to the correct department for follow up.
>explain this "redemption code?"
When I bought the Education version of CS5 the box came with a specific web link and a code... I went to the link and entered my code... and attached a JPG of a scan of my University ID card... and by the next day I received an email with my serial number
You need to contact Adobe... there is NOTHING another user in this forum will be able to do to help
Adobe contact information - http://helpx.adobe.com/contact.html
Adobe Activation Chat in #4 9-11-09 http://forums.adobe.com/thread/488108
It MAY be possible for someone at Adobe to put you in contact with the Education verification people so you may ask for a serial number replacement based on your coupon code... but since I did not lose my serial number, I don't really know the answer
Thanks for the replies and I am going to contact adobe tonight after work.
Also, this program was not issued to me via my school. I just installed it on my laptop that was given to me by the school but when I graduated I got an updated laptop to keep.
Also, this redemption code came on a card that was in the box when I got Premiere Elements. I told me to go to this link and type the code in and it would reveil the serial number. So as long as I have this redemption code I should still be able to link it to my serial number. I just need to get in contact with Adobe themselves.
>as long as I have this redemption code I should still be able to link it to my serial number.
Should and actual are not always the same... as you said in your original message
"I tired typing in the redemption code on the Adobe site but it just says that the code is invalid (obviously because it has already been redeemed)"
I will GUESS you are correct... going to the special link will not work a 2nd time... or, at least, did not when you tried that... which would SEEM to be a theft safety lock
If you do get a replacement serial number... be sure to print it and put it in a folder... maybe even put it in a file and copy the file to a backup device
ADDED... speaking of backups... making a full backup of a boot drive to an external USB hard drive is also a good idea
The product I use is at http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-linux.htm
Image runs off of a bootable CD via Linux (the Zip you download includes a program to make the bootable CD) and it reads EVERYTHING on the drive, even the hidden registration information, so everything is restored when needed... and you may restore the image to a brand new drive in case of a crash, and not have to re-install anything
So as long as I have this redemption code I should still be able to link it to my serial number. I just need to get in contact with Adobe themselves.
I am just speculating here, as John T. is, as well, but your experience, regarding the typing in of that Redemption Code, on the supplied Web site, seems to be a "one-time deal." That seems to be borne out by your experience.
Now, it might (speculation again, as I have never had an educational version of any Adobe product) be useful to have that Redemption Code, when talking to Adobe Customer Support (not Technical Support), as they might be able to track backward, and use that to find your S/N. I would try Live Chat first, BUT keep the idea of a direct telephone call, as "Plan B."
Unfortunately, no one here works for Adobe - we are but mere users, and mostly users with a regular PrE license, and not an academic license. When it comes to academic license questions, I always go to John T. Smith, as he was in a university system, and has several academic licenses in his history. He's my "go-to guy" for any academic version questions, 'cause he's "been there - done that." However, and even with his vast knowledge, he is powerless to help you, beyond suggestions. Only Adobe can do that.
Please let us know if Adobe Customer Support (either Live Chat, or via telephone) was able to help you, as you will be educating us all.
Good luck, and please do followup on this thread, as we can all benefit.
PS - I will second John T's suggestion of making copies of everything, should there be a problem in the future. For instance, I have my S/N for every version of Photoshop one a label on the media (mine go back to diskettes), on the box (if I still have that) and one the front and also first page of the manual (they used to have nicely printed manuals, back several versions). I could give you my S/N for version 2.5, through CS 6, even though the S/N format changed three times over the decades. Make copies.
Great news - "painless" is good!
So glad that you were able to get your S/N, and thank you for reporting your success.
While some users have not had such great luck with Adobe Customer Support, when I have needed to use them, they have been 100% for me - though last time was some years ago.
Good luck, and happy editing,
I have always found the Adobe Chat to address the Activation and Serial Numbers matters quickly and professionally.
The route that I cited to Adobe Chat for this type of situation was
Is that the one that used for the contact? Typically I have been suggesting it as the first choice.
So, I am interested to learn if you found an alternative link that gave you the same successful end result.
Success with your Premiere Elements projects.