Large programs such as Adobe's third iteration of its Creative Suite can cause a lot of clutter and confusion on your hard drive. Registry information is hidden in folders and under names that are difficult to decipher, making it tough to use your CS3 software on other machines or register it to a new user for support. With its CS5 generation of software however, Adobe has released a free program that will remove all aspects of your CS3 software, including registration information, allowing you to reinstall CS3 with a new registry or install newer versions of the Creative Suite.
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Things you need
- Registered Adobe CS3 programs
- Internet connection
- Adobe CS3 start-up disks or programs
Download the Adobe CS5 Cleaner Tool for your platform from the page linked in the "Resources" section of this article.
Back up any plug-ins or custom CS3 settings that you would like to maintain on an external hard drive or other storage media.
Uninstall your Adobe CS3 programs using either the Add/Remove Programs option (for Windows Users) or the uninstaller found in the "Applications/Utilities/Adobe Installers" folder (Mac Users).
Getting the Program
Double-click the tool folder to unzip it and double-click on the unzipped file that appears next to it to launch the "Cleaner" tool. Right-click or "Ctrl"+click the "CS5InstallerDatabaseUtility.exe" file and select "Run As Administrator."
Type "e" to run the program in English. Type "y" to accept the user agreement.
Select "CS3" as the program you wish to remove. Select the "Clean All" option on the command screen and type "y" to confirm that you want to remove the remaining program files, including their registry files.
Allow the script to run and press the "Enter" key when it has completed. Restart your computer.
Insert your CS3 or newer Creative Suite version start-up discs, or run their start-up programs from your local disk. You should find that you have no problem entering new registration information.
Double-click the "MacCS5CleanupUtility.dmg" file in your default downloads folder and double-click the "Adobe Creative Suite Cleanup.app" icon in the resulting folder.
Select "English" from the language drop down menu in the resulting dialogue box and click "Agree" at the bottom of the box to accept the user agreement.
Select "CS3" from the drop down menu at the upper right-hand corner of the resulting dialogue box and select which components you want to clear the registries for and remove from the window at the centre of the dialogue box. Click the "Cleanup" button at the bottom right-hand corner of the box and wait for the cleanup to complete.
Restart your computer.
Insert your CS3 or newer Adobe Creative Suite version start-up discs, or run their start-up programs. You should have no problem registering new information and activating the software.
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