The safest approach IMO is to make a backup of files you need to keep on an external disk, deactivate CS5, get out your Win7 DVD and do a fresh format of your disk and a fresh install of Windows and CS5. The reason is that removing a partition from Windows may not work on the boot disk.
Okay, in that case, should i deactivate CS5 permanently or temporarily? I
would think permanently.
And, does deactivating CS5 mean that i would necessarily have another
Or, should i contact Adobe to verify that with them?
Deactivating is a few mouse clicks. After reformatting and a fresh install of Win7 and CS5, you can activate again. I'm not sure how strict the activation process is, but it is not unthinkable that your system is shown as different (only one disk without partitions, instead of a partitioned disk) in Adobers eyes. I would certainly deactivate before reformatting. It only takes a couple of seconds and will protect your installed licenses from running out of activations.
What do you mean with deactivating permanently or temporarily? Either the license is activated or it is not.
When you go in Help menu in one of your CS5 programs, to Deactivate and you select Deactivate, you get a dialog allowing you to choose 2 options, Suspend Activation and Deactivate Permanently. You need to chooose one over the other. After writing you i remembered that if you intend to reinstall an OS on your computer, you must choose Suspend Activation, to enable you to reinstall it again (as opposed to rescinding any option of ever activating cs5 on that machine again).
I know this because of the many times i've had to reinstall cs5 on my laptop, no thanks to Dell...
Anyway, i think you are right, it's best to reinstall the OS rather than messing with deleting partitions. So, i have submitted a query to Adobe support, to verify i have more installations using my CD.
You are correct. I hadn't noticed that, since I never needed it. I wonder why the distinction? What is the purpose?
thanks for your help, again.