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Old Jan 8, 2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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Restoring from time machine

I am thinking about getting a new mac but I am worried I am going to lose all the activations to my programs (e.g., office, photoshop etc). If I backup to time machine does it keep all my programs activated?
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So if I do a backup to time machine before formatting all my programs that are activated should just transfer over?
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Do I just need to backup to time machine?
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I am thinking about getting a new mac but I am worried I am going to lose all the activations to my programs (e.g., office, photoshop etc). If I backup to time machine does it keep all my programs activated?
If you do a full backup with Time Machine then use that to import your data with Migration Assistant on the new machine, it will copy over all your applications. But many of them will not work until you reenter the registration serial numbers on the new machine. Adobe and MS apps are particularly bad about this.

I see you mentioned Photoshop specifically. Every time I have ever seen a user move PS over like this they had to reenter the registration. Make sure you "deactivate" apps on the old machine also.
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How would I deacctivate? Just uninstall? If I deacctivate then can I reactive on my new machine?
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How would I deacctivate? Just uninstall? If I deacctivate then can I reactive on my new machine?
It has been a while... but I think deactivate is under the help menu in PS. You will then need to reenter the serial number on the new machine.
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