installing photoshop on my laptop

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by bikealps, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. I have Photoshop CS5.5 on my desktop computer which is my main editing machine. I purchased Web Premium a few years ago and have the disks and a license.
    I would like to install Photoshop CS5.5 on my laptop. I had it on my old laptop, but I retired it. My new laptop does not have a CD-ROM drive. So I figured I could find a download on-line and enter my license key. Unfortunately, all I can find is CS6, CC, or pirate versions.
    Short of tracking down a CD-ROM drive, can anyone give me any suggestions on how I might be able to download Photoshop CS5.5 on my laptop?
  2. Allan, what kind of drive does your new laptop have? also, what kind of O/S?
    I've had no problems installing media from Install CD's on my vintage Gateway Laptop
    (purchased spring 07), and it has a DVD drive, driven by Windows XP Pro. Perhaps the
    drive on your new laptop can read the Install CD just fine... have you actually tried it?
    In the event you do get the CS5.5 installed on the new laptop, you will need to contact
    Adobe Customer Care and place rqst for license transfer from old system to the new
    system. Sounds as if you only have license to install & use that media on one home
    system. Should be pretty easy to set up a 'chat' line with Adobe Customer Care, tell
    them the situation, ask them to guide you through process of changing your license
    from the old system to the new system. Once that's done you delete it from you old
  3. Yes, I had it on my old laptop, but I uninstalled it when I decommissioned the old laptop.
    new laptop is a Lenovo X220. It runs Windows 7. Only "drive" is a SSD. there is no DVD drive or CD-ROM.
    good suggestion to contact Adobe chat.
  4. Suggest you upload the contents of the install disks to Dropbox or your choice of online storage provider. Them download to your laptop and go from there.
  5. Put the installation disk in your desktop's cd/dvd drive and connect a flash drive of sufficient size to a powered usb port and copy all the files on the CD to the flash drive. When the copy completes connect the flash drive to the powered usb port on the laptop. Navigate to the flash drive and click on the setup.exe file in the Adobe 5.5 folder.
    I just successfully tested this procedure with a Win8.1 Dell and CS5.1.
  6. Create a CD image from your CD and mount the file in the target machine as a virtual CD.
    There are many programs that can do the creating and mounting or both, for free.
    I think is fine (It's been a while since I've used it).
  7. Note: the advice to create an image of the disc, instead of just copying the files, it's because 1. the image will be exactly what's on the source, whereas copying files is prone to errors, 2. the 'package' will be more convenient, 3. some programs only work that way, 4. it's actually an easier operation once you get the hang of it, 5. it's generally applicable to any similar problem.
    Whenever I get a new appliance that comes with a CD, I usually create an image of it and store it in a folder with those of all the other appliances. That way I don't have to go hunting for possibly-by-then-scratched CDs whenever they're needed. Here we're talking software, not a device, but the reasoning is similar.
  8. Although many of the suggestions above may work. I suggest just buying a external USB CD/DVD drive. It can also be used for creating image DVD's for backup. They're inexpensive but also kind of slow.
    Good luck.
  9. Rather than puzzle out why my old external DVD/CD drive stopped working with Mavericks, I ended up just getting a nice, thin, and portable USB DVD/CD drive - they are a commodity item nowadays and cost around US$30, post paid. I just used it to install PS 5.5 extended on my new MacBook Air from my original DVDs. Worked much faster than the migration programs
    Mine is the Samsung SE-208 and works beautifully all my machines.
  10. I think I agree with RM & JVM about buying an external add-on DVD/CD drive and installing that on the new laptop. Just read the fine print carefully to make sure the unit, its drivers, & apps are compatible with Windows 7. Once that drive is installed & tested, you can use it not only to install disc based software, but also to make backups and archive copies of your photo projects.
  11. thanks everyone for all the great ways to solve this problem. I ended up borrowing a CDROM drive from a friend and am now installed and working. Thanks a bunch!

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