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>Will I get resistance from the validation routine??
No0. If you install on the same system and do not re-format your entire disk, there is no need to deactivate. However, I still recommend doing it. Because your install seems severely damaged, there's always the chance something might go wrong and things are easier to handle on all ends if no blocked activation gets in the way. BTW, you do not need to actually install 6.5, the v7 should merely ask you for inputting a second serial number at some point.
Thanks for the response.
If I understand correctly you're saying I don't HAVE to uninstall but I should. I understand that I won't need 6.5 on the drive anymore, that's a space-saver. But I still want to remove all the extra files 6.5 squirrel's around the system. What's the best way to uninstall 6.5 and get rid of all those nuts?
All the files you need should be in the respective Adobe directories (Program Files/Adobe, Program Files/Common Files/Adobe; Application Data/ Adobe or the respective equivalent directories) but ultimately the files themselves are of little consequence - a new install wil lsimply overwrite them. You main concern will be to clean out your registry/ prefs which can only be done by uninstalling correctly. Otherwise things could get pretty hairy. Unfortunately there's no such no-brainer tool as the CS3 clean scripts for AE7 and previous versions.
That's what I needed to know.