How to Fix Expired Licensing on Adobe CS4

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Tons of suggestions on the Internet offer solutions to the curious expired licensing message problem, which may hit users running bootleg software well. Yet when you've shelled out your hard-earned money for Adobe CS4 Creative Suite and encounter this problem, you deserve a non-risky fix. Protect your operating system from harm by responding with a simple solution offered by the company responsible for the inconvenient blunder. It's a surefire workaround that presents no danger to your operating system.


Step 1

Recognize that this is a known expired-licensing issue. When a window that reads, "Licensing for this product has expired" pops up and blocks you from using the software, remain in good cheer; although Adobe reports that there's no way to directly resolve the issue, the recommended fix should get you back into the program soon.


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Step 2

Initiate the recommended workaround solution for what Adobe calls, a "License Expiry" issue. Roll back your system clock a few days, and then re-launch an Adobe CS4 application. Click "Help" and "Deactivate" to create an opportunity to re-enter the product's serial number. Select the "Erase This Serial Number" option before clicking "OK."


Step 3

Quit the CS4 application and roll the system clock forward, restoring a true system time and date. The result of this effort is that the expired license vanishes from your computer.


Step 4

Launch Creative Suite again. A registration window should appear. Entering the product's original serial number completes the Adobe recommended workaround.


Tips & Warnings

  • Adobe reports taking steps to keep the License Expiry issue from happening in future Creative Suite releases.



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