Managing Software During Upgrades

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by BrianJ844, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. BrianJ844 macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2009
    Houston, Tx
    How do you choose to manage software during upgrading if you do not use migration assistant or something of the like? I am still contemplating putting an SSD in my late 2008 uMB and upgrading to 10.11 during that time and have read that I shouldn't use migration assistant because of the big jump from 10.6.8 to 10.11. I also will probably purchase a new MBP within the next year or so and would hate getting slapped on the wrist by the software companies for installing onto what they would perceive as two new laptops with my current purchase.

    My main software of concern is Adobe Photoshop CS5, Rapidweaver and Microsoft Office.

  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Typically apps like that have the license/serial number associated with the hardware UUID, so any hardware change like a new drive will require reentry of the registration information. There really is no way around it.
  3. BrianJ844 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2009
    Houston, Tx
    Correct but would Adobe and Microsoft allow me to register it with a new piece of hardware? I understand I will need the registry information but am worried that I still won't be able to use the software even if I have the information to reregister it. I am just trying to look at this from all angles.

  4. Mcmeowmers macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2015
  5. richard2 macrumors regular


    Oct 21, 2010
    England, United Kingdom
    CS5: Choose HelpDeactivate from the menubar.

    Office: It depends on which version you use.

    RapidWeaver: Ask the developer.

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