As per the above link:
"Adobe has disabled the activation server for CS2 products, including Acrobat 7, because of a technical issue. These products were released more than seven years ago, do not run on many modern operating systems, and are no longer supported."
Adobe provides both a new CS2 version that requires no activation and a new s/n to go with the modified version.
I guess I wasn't clear enough in my original post, as I've already mentioned I had downloaded PS CS2 without activation required from that link which had caused problems with booting up my laptop...
As mentioned previously:
So I thought I'd try installing PS CS2 into Windows 7 using my CD and found that the activation part doesn't work anymore which leads me to finding that I could download a copy of PS CS2 without the activation bit (yes I did the uninstall before installing PS CS2 without activation)
Windows 7 x64 has the 64-bit ready programs under the Program Files directory and the 32 bit programs under Program Files (x86).
CS5 should have the 32 bit exe there under the Adobe folder.
At this moment I can't explain why CS2 won't install correctly.
I'm aware you had said you had downloaded the CS2 binary, but I saw no mention of having also acquired the new s/n. Sorry if I missed it.
This is all I could find....
Doesn't exist under Program Files (x86) > Adobe > also...
The strangest thing is that PS CS2 seemed to have installed just fine and works fine (I even managed to make a gif animation with Imageready) except that I couldn't boot up my laptop for next time so thats no good...
You mean serial number? Yes, I've used the new s/n provided there which had been accepted and installed perfectly and worked fine untill next boot up...
That's good news on the CS2. I don't know what the hiccup was.
If you still want 32-bit CS5, you could try a uninstall/clean/reinstall. If it asks for a CS2 (qualifying s/n) I would guess your old CS2 serial would do it.
If not, you would have to call Adobe and use the Challenge code system to install CS5.
First the address for the cleaner tool: Use the CC Cleaner Tool to solve installation problems | CC, CS3-CS6
Challenge code: Apparently, Adobe has a challenge code system. So, if you have the old serial number from the upgrade and you call customer support. Customer support has a challenge code procedure where they give you a code that overrides the problem.
Hmm...might not want to do this on a weekend when Customer Support is closed.
Yes, s/n or S/N stands for serial number. (Not signal-to-noise in this case )
I remember that one from my radio hobby days when I read marketing receiver specs on whatever it was I wanted to buy.
Ok, what a headache. Well thank you for this, I'll give it a try, hopefully the process goes smoothly as possible and that my laptop doesn't go into meltdown!
Will report back (fingers crossed!)
I don't dare speculate what the situation is on Windows, but on the Mac Adobe installers won't let you install an older version if they find a newer version installed. So, if I had CS5 already installed, I would have to uninstall it and run the CS Cleaner Tool before I could install CS2. After CS2 is installed, I can re-install any higher version(s).
I don't suppose I have run into problems, but an older install might overwrite newer files in the system and also grab the file associations as well.
Not best practice, IMO.
If you have successfully installed CS2, I'd leave it alone. I would think Windows put it in the x86 directory anyway.
I'm happy to report that I've managed the resolve this issue of mine
After a little discussion with customer support through online chat today, I was still advised to try the uninstall and install to see what happens.
So I used the CC cleaner tool first, restarted then started by installing CS2 then CS5 using my serial numbers and made sure that I selected 32 and 64 bit programs to be installed
Anxiously, I restarted my laptop to see if it would reboot okay and thankfully it did *relief!*
Now I can open avi files using 32 bit of Photoshop CS5 without any problems (thank goodness!!)
I think I probably didn't install the 32 bit program when I first bought the installation CD, since I thought I didn't need it but never knew it was still required for editing avi files!!
Surprisingly, I still got to keep both versions of CS2 and CS5 this time around, as CS2 was simply replaced by CS5 when I first installed it two years ago....hmm.
So thank you again gener7!
No way. That never happens automatically. Adobe application installers never overwrite or "replace" a prior version.
You must have done that yourself.
Nope, it disappeared straight after I finished installing CS5 at that time so I never tried to remove it or anything, I thought it made sense at that time lol.
Had you perhaps run the CS Cleaner Tool before installing CS5?
If not, then you must have a very, very messed up system. Since I'm primarily a Mac user I won't even attempt to suggest how you could troubleshoot it.
Uh...from two years ago? No I didn't, seeing as my laptop was brand new so it wouldn't need the CC cleaner tool...If not, I've already done it when I attempted to resolve the issue yesterday as I've mentioned previously:
So I used the CC cleaner tool first, restarted then started by installing CS2 then CS5
But anyway, it wasn't a problem that I have both programs and my system works just fine so everything's great now that I could edit avi files and make gif animation!