How to Transfer Acrobat From One PC to Another

By Chad Davis

Software you've previously installed can be transferred to another computer through the license activation process. Depending on your license, you may have to deactivate your Adobe software on one computer before installing it on another. In Acrobat, you can choose to deactivate the licensing for the product or suspend your activation temporarily. After you've deactivated Acrobat, you can use your serial number to activate the software on your new computer. You can install Acrobat using the original software disc, or by downloading the software from Adobe's website.

How to Deactivate Acrobat

Step 1

Open Acrobat on the computer on which you no longer wish to use the software.

Step 2

Click the "Help" file menu, and then click "Deactivate…"

Select one of the deactivation options. Click "Deactivate" or "Suspend Activation" to temporarily deactivate the software. Click "Deactivate Permanently" to permanently deactivate the software. You will need to enter the serial number to reactivate the software on this computer.

How to Activate Acrobat

Step 1

Install Acrobat on your new computer. For example, use the software installation disc or download an installation file from the My Adobe website.

Step 2

Run Acrobat on your new computer, enter your serial number when prompted by Adobe, and then click the "Activate" button. Acrobat will attempt to communicate your licensing information with its servers.

Click "Help" in the top file menu of Acrobat and then click "Activate." If only "Deactivate…" is available, then your software has been activated successfully.