sorry that i posted 2 things in one day but whenever i uninstall After effects it gives me a message at the end that says "some problems occured while uninstalling please look below" there are no messages below and i cant do anything about it. also after i try uninstalling its still there in the uninstall/remove programs and if i try to uninstall that it says "choose the stuff you want to uninstall" and it will usually give me a list of things but it doesnt. and if i proceed to uninstall it odesnt do anything and stops responding. When i tried to install it the first time it said said there were somethings that werent installed please restart and retry it again and the more info button shows a list of things that went wrong like templates, 3 party content, 16x9 dv movie, footage and projects, all of those things have an error and some sort of fatal error i think 1609 or something i dont want to reinstall Vista i just did 2 days ago and AAE has never done this before please reply i appreciate it.
Well, the lesson here is to never use system restore with activated Adobe apps. Doing so changes the fingerprint of the harddrive and the licensing system and the installer do not particularly like this and Vista's own security stuff certainly doesn't make things easier. if you haven't already, run the CS3 Clean Script and remove evbery shred orf Adobe you have on the system, then re-install. If it still refuses to properly acknowledge your serial, then indeed calling support is the only way to get this sorted out. This stuff falls into the "black box full of magic" category, that noone else can help you with, unfortunately.