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Reinstalling Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik Plugins Help

 
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May 13, 2012 17:55 |  #1

With the falling prices on some of the SSDs I bought myself a larger SSD and plan on installing it on my existing system and replacing my old SSD as the OS drive with a clean install of windows 7. I currently have LR3, CS5, and Nik plugins installed on the old SSD/OS drive.

My question is what is the best way to go about the upgrade? Should I move the software to other hard drives, do a reinstall of windows, move the software back to the OS drive and run the software installs again (I assume that last step is needed).

Lastly, do data drives need to be reformatted periodically when it's not defragmented or is it generally okay to leave data drives alone? Thanks in advance for the help.




  
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May 13, 2012 18:35 |  #2

Well, if you are doing a fresh installation of Windows, then yeah you'd want to also do a fresh installation of Photoshop and Lightroom so that they get properly "set up".

As to moving the programs back and forth from your old SSD, well, I wouldn't bother. Do the fresh installs, and then you can move any "custom" things like PS Actions, and your plug-ins as long as they can work without being re-installed, and any Lightroom User Presets, and also your Lightroom Catalog (together with your previews). Lightroom can pick up and read the pre-existing Catalog as long as your image files maintain the previous file structure.

As to the possible "need" to reformat the old SSD drive, well, I'd say "you don't need to unless/until you need to", like say if you end up with "corrupted data", but then some do like the "preventative housecleaning" approach. Once you've copied/moved stuff to the new drive, if you are "done with" stuff on the old drive, sure, you can format it if you want!


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May 13, 2012 21:13 |  #3

Make sure you de-register anything you need to beforehand.




  
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May 13, 2012 22:47 |  #4

Thanks for the advice.

Merlin_AZ wrote in post #14427056 (external link)
Make sure you de-register anything you need to beforehand.

I was wondering if I actually had to do this because I was trying to avoid this by moving the location of my installs. I guess it's better to de-register everything and start fresh.




  
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May 13, 2012 22:57 |  #5

You will want to de-activate Photoshop -- you can do that via the Help menu. This is because when you install/activate/regis​ter Photoshop, Adobe retains that activation in its database, and if you try to activate more than two installations it will reject the registration. Deactivate, and I don't beleieve you need to "unregister".

As for Lightroom, it doesn't have the activation feature, and I don't think you have to unregister it. I could be mistaken, but I've never needed to do that when, say, setting up a new laptop or whatnot.


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May 17, 2012 11:32 |  #6

I did the same thing last week and it was a little easier then expected. I used the tool from this website and had to use the Win7 install disc to do a recovery afterwards, it boots up just fine, and all of my applications works fine too.

http://www.todo-backup.com …dows-7-clone-software.htm (external link)


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