How to Transfer Adobe Photoshop to A New PC Without Reinstallation

Tracy King updated on Sep 08, 2020 to PC Transfer | How-to Articles

Method 1. Transfer Adobe Photoshop to A New PC with Software
Method 2. Manually Install Adobe Photoshop on A New PC
Method 3. How to Copy/Move Adobe to Another Drive

Help! How to Move Software from Old Computer to A New One

"Three or so years ago I bought the Adobe Creative Suite (4), the Design premium student edition. I have got a new laptop and was wondering if there is a way to transfer this old software to my new computer, as it will not be used on the old computer." 

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This is a real case from Adobe Community. As we all know, It’s a waste of time to reinstall all useful programs and applications one by one on the new PC. According to the Google searching result, a great number of people are looking for a simple way to move and transfer Adobe software such as Adobe Photoshop to a new PC without reinstallation. So how to effectively do the job? If you are having a similar issue and are looking for a solution for transferring installed programs to a new PC, follow and you'll learn how to resolve this issue. 

Method 1. Transfer Adobe Photoshop to A New PC with Software

This method is the easiest and quickest way to transfer Adobe Photoshop to another PC. All you need to do is download and install EaseUS Todo PCTrans. It is a powerful Windows PC transfer program that is provided by EaseUS software. It allows you to effectively transfer installed programs and applications to a new PC without reinstallation in only a few simple clicks. You can download and install this software on both of your PCs to start the transferring wanted programs right now.


  • Must-need tool: Program transferring tool - EaseUS Todo PCTrans (recommended)
  • OS: All Windows Operating System (Windows 10/9/7/Vista etc.)
  • Necessary steps for program transferring: 3 simple steps.
  • Computers: Old computer with programs and a new PC


Let’s see how to migrate your Adobe Photoshop and other useful programs to a new computer without reinstallation:

Step 1. Connect two computers on the same LAN

Run EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both of your current computer and the other computer. On the source computer where Adobe is installed, navigate to the "PC to PC" mode, and then click "PC to PC".

choose pc to pc to transfer adobe from one computer to another

Connect to target PC, input account password, or verification code of the target PC.

connect two computers to transfer adobe from one computer to another

Step 2. Choose Adobe to transfer

EaseUS Todo PCTrans allows users to choose as many file types as possible to transfer between two computers, including applications, personal files as well as user data. Since you're going to move Adobe programs, hover your mouse over the "Applications" category, and click "Edit".

choose applications to transfer adobe from one computer to another

Step 3. Transfer Adobe from PC to PC

In the list of supported applications, locate the Adobe program. Tick the checkbox and click "Finish". Finally, click "Transfer" to let the software accomplish the process.

choose adobe to transfer from one computer to another

Step 4. Activate the Adobe with product key

Turn to the main screen of EaseUS Todo PCTrans. Click "Scan" to copy the product key.

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To transfer programs or files between computers, you must install EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both old and new computers. If you want to move only one file or one program to a new PC, you can try EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free. If you need to transfer many files and installed programs to the new computer, activate EaseUS Todo PCTrans in advance for a smooth transferring process.

The transferred programs such as Adobe Photoshop will be transferred to the default location (C: drive) on the new PC. And if you’ve created a shortcut on the desktop of the old PC, you can even be able to see and use the shortcut on the new PC. After transferring Adobe Photoshop to a new computer, the serial number will also be migrated. You still need to activate it on the new laptop or PC. 

Method 2. Manually Install Adobe Photoshop on A New PC

Transferring Adobe to a new computer is simplified greatly by the ability to download the software from the official website directly to the new desktop or laptop. Before you download Adobe, you must deactivate the older Adobe account, then you can install it on the new computer.

Step 1. Deactivate Old Adobe on Old PC

  • Select "Deactivate" from the "Help" menu from any of your Adobe programs.
  • Click "Deactivate Permanently" to permanently deactivate the software. 

Step 2. Navigate to the Creative Cloud apps catalog on the new PC. Locate "Photoshop", and click "Download". If you are not signed in, you will be asked to sign in with your Adobe ID and password.

manually install photoshop

Step 3. The Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app appears, and it will manage the rest of the installation process. Check your download progress in the status bar next to the app’s name.

Step 4. You can launch Photoshop as you normally launch any app on your computer.

Activate Adobe on the New PC/Laptop

  • Find the activation key via "Product Key" of EaseUS Todo PCTrans.
  • Find the activation key send by the manufacturer and retry to activate the program again.
  • If it fails, Use the Adobe online chat or 800 833 6687. Usually, you can get a wanted solution from the manufacturers or service providers. 

Method 3. How to Copy/Move Adobe to Another Drive

How can I move Adobe to a USB? How to change the Adobe installation location? Here's an example:

"I recently purchased a new external hard drive and I need to transfer my photoshop to it from my computer.  Is there a way to do this or do I need to purchase a new one?"

In fact, you can easily move applications to another drive with the help of EaseUS Todo PCTrans. It allows you to easily migrate applications from one disk to another locally, and free up space to settle down low disk space issue. Here are the detail steps to move Adobe to an external hard drive:

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive to your computer. Open EaseUS Todo PCTrans and select "App Migration > Start".

select app migration

Step 2. Find and choose the applications (marked as "Yes") that you want to transfer. You can select multiple apps. 

Click "Browse" and select your external hard drive as the destination to store the apps. 

select app migration

Step 3. Then, click "Transfer" to move your programs to an external hard drive

transfer app to external hard drive

EaseUS Todo PCTrans is a simple wizard-based tool to help you transfer data between PCs. If you have any data transfer problem, you can always turn to EaseUS.

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