[Updated x2] Have an Older Computer? Download Adobe CS2 Premium Plus for Free

[Updated x2] Have an Older Computer? Download Adobe CS2 Premium Plus for Free

Update 2: This update goes here because circumstances have changed. If you missed the hype, Arstechnica.com has a great explanation of what happened. The download link still works for a select few, so feel free to try, but don't be surprised if it doesn't work any more. Read on for the original post and a short explanation...

In short, Adobe wanted to help those who still had valid, purchased CS2 licenses be able to still activate new installations (if they, say, changed computers or hard drives) after they had retired the CS2 activation server. For some reason, they chose to provide free access to these customers (and everyone, subsequently) to a new, downloadable version with serial numbers that would not require activation, but that would at least unlock the software -- all you needed to do was create or use your existing Adobe ID. After realizing their mistake, they briefly made another, removing the requirement to enter an Adobe ID altogether, before finally shutting down the links and redirecting those who visited them to the current CS6 site. As stated, Arstechnica has a more thorough explanation if you want to know more...

Original post:

In an interesting move, Adobe has made the 2005 CS2 Premium Plus suite available as a free download for Windows and Mac platforms. While the software will have issues with some newer computers and though the software is dated, it's all here on Adobe's site, serial numbers and all. What do you guys make of this?

You do need an Adobe account to download the files, but it's completely free to create one...

Via 9to5Toys.com

[UPDATE] There is a lot of hype surrounding the free version of Adobe CS2. Many claimed it was false, etc etc. What's the story? Some people are reporting that the reason all this was happening is that Adobe is terminating the activation servers for CS2 and that for existing licensed users of CS2 who need to reinstall their software, copies of CS2 that don’t require activation but do require valid serial numbers were available.

But the downloads are free, and they still exist. There are serial numbers you can use, but there is a catch -- System requirements:

Mac OS X v.10.2.8–v.10.3.8. PowerPC® G4 or G5 processor
Microsoft® Windows® 2000/Windows XP. Intel® Pentium® III or 4 processor

You should also be able to use Apple computers with newer Intel processors, but you have to have OSX v. 10.6.x or earlier (that's Snow Leopard or earlier...no Lion/Mountain Lion).

You might run into issues if you're using newer software/hardware. You can get to a whole slough of downloads and serial numbers for CS2 at Adobe.com.

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Mark Margetts's picture

We're sorry, the site area you've requested is unavailable. Please try again later.

Ross's picture

Can't be downloaded as of right now -- even if logged in with adobe account. Page says unavailable. Server load or changed their mind?

Christophe Berthe's picture

It's a system maintenance !

Simeon Genew's picture

Curb your enthusiasm, folks. No such thing as free lunch. Yes, its free to download, but it's NOT free for use. This is only for those, who purchased a copy of CS 2 back in 2005 and now Adobe is closing the registration severs for this product - that's why they are giving the keys. Anybody tried to register the downloaded copy? Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but IMHO that's no way to do it.

woofa's picture

And considering the other responses exactly where do you get this idea??????

woofa's picture

At least now we know, finally.

West Cobb Photographer's picture

I'm afraid I'm getting the "Site Area Unavailable" error message via the link, too, unfortunately.  Maybe it'll work later.

Fauland Photography's picture

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just successfully installed the stand alone version of PS CS2 on a
MacBook (model 2006, OS X 10.4.11, 2 Ghz Intel Core Duo, 1 GB RAM) !

Fauland Photography's picture

@Simeon Genew: You are wrong. I simply downloaded it from above link, installed it, put in the serial-number as given and it works fine ! Just testing it on a 2006 MacBook with only 1 GB RAM....

Travis Johansen's picture

Error message: Site temporarily unavailable... Perhaps this was an error?
Site Area Temporarily Unavailable

Ashley's picture

I was able to download everything but failed to print the page that had the serial numbers on it so now I can't run them. GRR!

Mike Hearn's picture

Is it working for anyone else right now?
Site Area Temporarily Unavailable

alanhaywood's picture

Web site down, just like my flash player that has been causing endless problems for 2 weeks, XP and Chrome browser

Melissa Peterson's picture

does not work.  i think i smell a troll XD

AppleistheDevil's picture

then go and wash yourself....

Natan Valencia's picture

There is no working anymore :'(

Mr Gray Kinney's picture

Received this post from a user on Google+ "Found this "Update: The mystery has been solved; the availability of Creative Suite 2 bundle was just a glitch from Adobe and the link was destined only for CS2 owners that had trouble installing the software"."

Not sure of the accuracy of this, but page is gone now. 

Savannah Belsher-Maclean's picture

I couldn't get this download to work either, but I found it here: http://noelchenier.blogspot.ca/2013/01/download-adobe-cs2-for-free.html

AppleistheDevil's picture

it´s official:



Fauland Photography's picture

Well, this would explain why the site is gone since a few hours ...

AppleistheDevil's picture

this is why BLOGGING is no journalism... to many false informations.

everyone is just copying from the other.. without checking the truth....:(

Adam's picture

It was accurate...it worked for a while... Sorry that Adobe changed its mind, everyone...

woofa's picture

They didn't change their mind. They were never offering it for free, it was a screw-up.

woofa's picture

Well that I will agree with. An especially rampant issue when it comes to political blogs.

Lokutusisnotmyname's picture

boy it was not ACCURATE...

adobe NEVER wrote it was FREE.. that is what some websites wrote without checking back with adobe.

if you leave your door open and someone tells bypassers: "hey take what you can carry.. it´s free" does that make it ACCURATE??

George Socka's picture

downloading at this moment - PS and Acrobat already, audition happening now

I have it but It is asking for disc 2...i do not have disc 2, but it downloaded disc 2 to my hard drive...not sure how to install it.

Ross Lynch's picture

copy the contents of C:Creative SuiteAdobe Creative Suite 2.0 to C:Creative Suite CS2Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 and then try to run the setup. files were copied to the wrong folder.

Vidya Shenoy's picture

According to Wikipedia, Adobe CS2 is now worldwide free to use legally.

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