I want to upgrade my OS X to Yosemite from Lion and also upgrade my HDD to a SSD but im worried about loosing my programs since I don't have the installers or serial keys. Specifically Adobe cs5 master collection and iWork.

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Usually the apps like PhotoShop just come across with all the right licenses. However, sometimes you must contact the vendor if they have a draconian DRM policy where they are tied to a specific machine / OS.

I'd be very concerned with Adobe if it was a new machine but I've done the upgrade "in place" for Creative Suite at least twice on my MBP 2010.

To upgrade "in place" I just allow the installer to do its thing, and only keep Time Machine in the loop for catastrophes. If I'm super paranoid I'll take a disk image onto USB using some program like SuperDuper!

  • Let me know how it turns out, and if your licenses came through.
    – rholmes
    Jul 27, 2015 at 10:28

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