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Load Adobe CS3 Creative Suite on to Windows 8 Pro.

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I have been running Adobe CS3 Creative Suite on  XP. I am about to upgrade XP to Windows 8 Pro. Can anyone tell me if it is possible to run CS3 Creative Suite on 8 Pro and what is needed to do it? Can I just load it and see how it goes? How it is done? I believe a patch may be necessary prior to attempting to load but not sure about this. I have been searching through the Adobe and Windows web sites and they don't give me a definitive answer.  Thanks.
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You probably read this ..... http://forums.adobe.com/message/4938512    (and others)

It appears that no one has had any real success. You could try compatibility mode.

Are you going to upgrade the existing XP PC to Win8 (not recommended) or are you getting a new PC with Win8?

If it's a new PC you will have to deactivate the CS3 license on the XP machine before you can activate it on the new PC.

However, i think your best bet would be to lookout for a second-hand edition of CS6 which is the last release before the ongoing fees started. If you use photoshop a lot, CS6 is really worth it for the content aware features alone. Dreamweaver is also much improved.

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I read this article http://optimizewindows8.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/how-to-solve-photoshop-cs3-compatibility-issues-with-windows-8/
It seems optimistic but is lacking in detail
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Thanks for the points DavidAsq. Footnote ....

You can of course try CS3 on the Win8 PC in trial mode for 30 days without deactivating your license on the XP PC. Create a restore point just before you try this in case you need to step back.
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good idea! Thanks.
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