This is my first post so I hope I am posting in the right area.
Last week I installed LR CC on my PC. I had ordered a camera that included LR as part of the package. When I got the boxed software I tried to use the serial number to activate it but it didn't take. Upon further analysis I noticed that the LR CC is version 6 and my CD is version 5. I assume that is why my serial number was not accepted. An additional complication is that my PC does not have a CD/DVD drive. But I found a download for LR 5.
Should I uninstall LR CC and then install the LR 5 from the Adobe downloads directory? Should my serial number work there? Or do I need to buy a CD/DVD drive?
I'm enjoying my LR experience having upgraded from Picasa!
First of all, Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC are different versions with different features. Lightroom 6 is a standalone version, purchased outright. Lightroom CC is the creative cloud version that includes Photoshop CC, the photography package is $9.99/month US.
If you received Lightroom 5 it is a separate program with a unique serial number. The serial number has six groups of four numbers and the first four are always 1160. If that is the number you are looking at then you have the valid serial number.
Lightroom 5 can be installed separately and in addition to any other version of Lightroom. All versions of Lightroom are completely independent programs using different catalogs, and do not depend on other versions for anything.