How to Fix Expired Licensing for CS5

Written by james price
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An expired licensing key error can appear in Adobe's Creative Suite 5 (CS5) for a few different reasons. If a pre-release copy of the program is downloaded, the key will expire when the pre-release period has officially ended. The same reasoning is also true for trial versions of the program. Once the trial period ends, the trial key becomes null and void. The error can also occur if a new product key has been requested. Upon requesting a new product key, Adobe customer service automatically deactivates the current key to prevent illegal use

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  • Creative Suite 5 retail copy

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    Enter a New Serial Number

  1. 1

    Open CS5 from the Start menu on the computer, located in the lower-left corner of the screen.

  2. 2

    Locate the retail copy's serial number from within the software's packaging.

  3. 3

    Enter the new serial number into CS5 when prompted. Press OK to validate the copy.

    Erasing the Old Serial Number

  1. 1

    Click on the date and time in the lower-right corner of the screen. Select the Change Date and Time Settings option, and set the date to January 1, 2006. Press OK to save the change.

  2. 2

    Open CS5 from the Start menu located in the lower-right corner of the screen. With the application open, click the Help tab at the top of the screen, and click the Deactivate button. Click Delete Permanently to erase the serial number.

  3. 3

    Exit the application, and change the system's date back to the current day. Open the application again, and enter the new serial number when the prompt to do so appears on-screen.

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