Reinstalling Photoshop on a Wiped Computer?

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My school issues every student a Macbook Air each year, but takes it back during the summer and wipes it, and we get the same one back each year. I recently bought a Wacom Bamboo tablet and it comes with Photoshop Elements. If I have the software backed up through a flash drive, would it go back on the computer? I don't want to have to repurchase Photoshop every time. If not, would I be able to redownload the software on the computer without it adding as the second download?

Also, may I please have some clarification on the amount of times I can download it onto a computer. Say if I have it wiped on my school computer after I graduate, and I have it on a desktop at home, and want to transfer it to a laptop for college. (I'm thinking about studying art) Would I have to re-purchase Photoshop for the third computer?
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You may have to re-activate the software, but it should work.

The problem will be all the support files - odds are that you didn't back everything up, and may need to reinstall.

If it's the same computer, then the activation should recognize that and not count against the activation limit. But if it's different hardware, you can only install on 2 different systems before needing to deactivate or reset your activations. As long as only 2 are activated at a time: you're fine.
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For clarification, I would be able to completely deactivate the software on my school computer when I graduate and transfer it onto a personal laptop?
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yes, assuming you remember to deactivate before it gets wiped.
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Okay, worst case scenario here, what if a hard drive crashes or a computer is stolen and I'm unable to deactivate? Can I deactivate another way?
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Just try to activate, and call Adobe Customer Support if it doesn't work.