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CS3 and Acrobat 8 Activation Servers have been retired.
See this link for obtaining a new download & serial # that does not require activation.
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Thank you very much. That was exactly what I need to get started again.
The process wasn't entirely straightforward after that, though. So for anyone who has to do this for him- or herself, this is what I had to do:
This link provided instructions for
- Getting a new serial number based on the old serial number
- Removing the old CD-based Acrobat installation
- Installing the downloaded new version
Removing the old version using the "Programs and Features" Control Panel didn't work after 5-6 tries and a couple reboots. I kept getting the error message
Error 1326.Error getting file security:
The uninstall routine would run for 40-50 seconds and fail with 0 seconds to go. Deleting the file and directory in the Cache directory made no difference.
Researching the GetLastError problem turned up the "Adobe Reader and Acrobat Cleaner Tool" page. This Adobe software says it's for Acrobat 9, but with little to lose, I decided to try it on Acrobat 8.
It found my installation of Acrobat 8 and ran, displaying a progress bar that made it all the way to the right. And then walked itself back all the way to the left. However, the software said it had removed Acrobat. The Control Panel still showed Acrobat 8, but without the Adobe logo. When I tried to remove that entry, it said, "This action can only be performed on current installations." Sounded semi-promising...
I moved on to the installation of the new downloadable version. There was a minor speed bump when I had to install "Akamai NetSession Interface". That installation process was not very friendly or intelligible, but by accepting everything it asked for except giving people in coffee shops permission to access my computer, I finally got the new Acrobat 8 downloaded and installed.
And running. I hope that's all it takes. Thanks again.
I have the same problem and followed your direction that saved lot of my time, thanks!