How to Change the Serial of CS4 on a Mac

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How to Change the Serial of CS4 on a Mac
Changing your CS4 serial number can be quick and painless. (Ciaran Griffin/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Managing serial numbers for Creative Suite 4 can be a hassle for a group of several designers working on a single network. If you are unfamiliar with how to easily change the serial number, you may think that uninstalling and then reinstalling the software is the only way to do this. This takes several hours and can ruin the better part of an entire work day. Fortunately, another method will achieve the same effect in only a few seconds.

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  1. 1

    Open any program in Creative Suite.

  2. 2

    Select "Deactivate" from the "Help" menu. Click the check box that says "Erase my serial number from this computer after deactivation complete." Click the "Deactivate" button.

  3. 3

    Launch any Creative Suite program. Enter the new serial number.

Tips and warnings

  • After deactivating your serial number, you can opt to start a 30-day trial period rather than enter a new serial number.

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