Photoshop: How many computers can I download/install on?

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I bought Student edition Photoshop to download How many computers can I download to? What if we buy a new computer next year? Can I transfer to a new computer? Are the rules different for a CD version of Photoshop?
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With traditional licenses (CS6 and earlier) licenses are platform specific, so you can install on two of your personal computers (as long as they are the same OS/platform). With Creative Cloud, the license is cross-platform, so you can install on two computers, any mix of Mac and Windows.

If you're planning to get rid or an old computer but it still runs, choose Help>Deactivate... or Help>Sign-Out... to remove the activation from the computer before you dispose of the computer or sell it. Instructions here:

If you are using Photoshop CS6 or earlier and you've lost an activation because of a hardware failure and the system no longer runs, go to this page and work with a chat agent. They should be able to restore your activation:

If you don't remember your serial # but you've registered your product, you can sign into and access your serial #s here: