Get Adobe CS2 Suite For Free? Not Officially.


You may have seen rumours on the internet in recent days that Adobe is making available copies of its older Create Suite 2 available for free.  

The rumours is, in fact, true.  Head to and there are download links for Photoshop CS2, Acrobat 8, Illustrator, InDesign, Audition and more.  Along with serial numbers, ready for you to install.

The software isn't exactly cutting-edge, as it was released in 2005.  But it still represents a bit of a bargain, so what's up?

The official explanation from Adobe is that, in December 2012, it shut down the servers that handled product activation requests for CS2.  Following complaints from existing customers who needed to reinstall their paid-for copies of CS2 but were unable to activate them, Adobe then released the downloads and serial numbers.  In a subsequent posting on its forum, it clarified the issue, and stated categorically that the software was only for those who already owned CS2 licences and certainly wasn't to be regarded as freeware.

However, in the past few days the software has been downloaded by tens of thousands of people, and the aforementioned forum posting has actually been removed.  So make of this what you will, and download the software at your own risk.




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Thanks so much for this article. I had purchased, downloaded, and registered Audition 3. My laptop got stolen. I had the discs for Audition 2 but no longer the install files for 3.0 and couldn't find them online anywhere. So this gets me my paid version back! Thanks! a ton!

I can't figure out what to do when it asks for disk two. Any help?

I can't work this out either.Can anybody enlighten us?

Well, I haven't installed mine yet, but there were three CD's to download. Did you get all three?

Any idea how to stop Photoshop CS2 keep asking me to register?

Tried registering (it claimed 'registration was complete'), register later & do not register - still asks me every time I launch it.

The install on Vista worked fine with the serial number provided (in XP Compatibility mode).

Thanks in advance.

Go to wherever you installed photoshop, right-click on Photoshop.exe and Run As Administrator. Then click Do Not Register. Next time it'll be gone. You only have to do this once. Worked in Win 8 anyways.

Thanks. That worked on my Vista Home Premium system!