Adobe Cs3 Won't Activate

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In order to run the Adobe Creative Suite 3 on a computer other than the one that the software was originally installed on, you must deactivate the software.

To deactivate, launch one of the Suite applications, excluding Acrobat 8, and choose Help > Deactivate, then click the Deactivate button.

Deactivation affects all suite components on the computer.

See “Activation limit reached” or “Sign-in failed” error.
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You will not be able to run any components on the computer unless you decide to reactivate. Deactivation requires an internet connection and cannot be cancelled once started.

If you do not deactive the software and try to activate the software on multiple computers concurrently, then you will see the following alert message: .

"Too Many Activations. The maximum number of activations allowed for this copy of [product] has been reached. Please do one of the following: -- Deactivate. You may deactivate your copy of [product] that has been previously installed on another computer and reactivate it on this computer.

To do this, launch [product] on the other computer and choose Help > Deactivate, so it can be activated on this one.

-- Buy another license. Click the Buy Online button to be redirected to the Adobe store, or click the Enter Serial Number button if you have a new serial number to enter.


See Resolve connection errors.
“Unable to activate | Macromedia products.”See Error: Unable to activate | Macromedia products.
E_ADEPT_REQUEST_EXPIREDYou’re trying to activate Adobe Digital Editions 1.x or read EPUBs. See Resolve the E_ADEPT_REQUEST_EXPIRED error in Digital Editions.
E_AUTH_NOT_READYYou’re trying to start Adobe Digital Editions 2.0. See Activation errors in Adobe Digital Editions.
101:12037ERROR_INTERNET_SEC_CERT_DATE_INVALIDYour computer clock time is incorrect. Set your computer clock to the correct date and time.

Sorry folks, to lead you on this chase for hope.

Apparently Adobe has completely shut down Creative Suite 2 and 3 inc Photoshop CS3 so it is no longer possible to replace your online serial key with an offline one (necessary for the steps below).

This article is now for historical purposes.

Recently my Photoshop CS3 decided to tell me that my license activation was expired/needed re-activation.

ERROR_INTERNET_<...>An Internet connection is not detected. Causes include connection timeouts due to firewall settings and failure to resolve a hostname due to proxy settings. See Resolve connection errors to check your firewall or proxy settings and try again.
129:17You’re starting CS5.5 on macOS in New Zealand. See Error #129:17 | Launch Creative Suite 5.5 product in New Zealand.
194:01Attempting to deactivate an unactivated machineYou’re trying to deactivate the application, but have not yet activated it. See Activate and deactivate Adobe products.
194:6Activation failedSee, Activation Failed | Error 194:6.
194:110Activation failedYou have already initiated the “Deactivate All” process within the last 72 hours. You can attempt the process again at the end of the 72-hour period.
194:112Client clock out of syncYour computer clock time is incorrect. Set your computer clock to the correct date and time.

I thought this had to do with a Windows 10 update from the week before breaking things as it also wrecked my MS Office installation.

Of course the reactivation failed with a connection error saying “Activation – No Connection”.

And of course the phone activation service has been discontinued by Adobe.

Error_NetworkFailureAn Internet connection is not detected. Causes include connection timeouts due to firewall settings and failure to resolve a host name due to proxy settings. See Resolve connection errors to check your firewall or proxy settings and try again.

The cause of the activation or connection error is Adobe has “retired” their older activation servers.

It was these servers that Photoshop CS3 were connecting to every time I started the program (ie to check that the serial code is legit).

These errors are due to a read-only SLStore folder. See Configuration error | Creative Cloud.
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