Before you can install Adobe After Effects CS4 you'll need to find the serial number that came with the program. After Effects CS4 requires that you enter a unique serial number before using it.
If you've lost your serial number, there may be a way to find it as long as After Effects CS4 is still installed. You might be able to find your After Effects CS4 serial number if you've uninstalled the program but only if the serial number information was left in the Windows Registry.
The After Effects CS4 serial number is actually more of a product key than a serial number but the terms are often used interchangeably.
Using a free product key finder program would certainly be the easiest way to find your unique After Effects CS4 serial number. Product key finder programs automatically search your computer for the product keys and serial numbers that your software programs store in the registry.
If you knew the exact registry key that stored your After Effects CS4 serial number you could find it manually but that information is usually hard to come by.
Most product key finder programs are designed to find serial numbers and product keys for operating systems like Windows XP or Windows Vista but some of them find serial numbers for several other programs too - programs like Adobe After Effects CS4.
I've reviewed several product key finders but I haven't been able to personally confirm if any of them will find your After Effects CS4 serial number. The best key finder programs are quick downloads and completely free so feel free to try them all until you find one that will find your After Effects CS4 serial.
Here are two of the more popular programs that find serial numbers and product keys:
If neither of the above programs find your After Effects CS4 serial number, give some of the other key finder programs a try from my Free Product Keyfinder Programs list. Be sure to let me know what programs did or did not find your After Effects CS4 serial so I can keep this page updated.
Important: You may have come across After Effects CS4 keygen programs or other kinds of After Effects CS4 cracks but keep in mind that these are not legal ways of obtaining serial numbers or product keys. The only legal way of installing this program is by using a valid After Effects CS4 serial number obtained through a legal purchase of the software from Adobe or an authorized retailer.