Hi all. We are still not back in our home after Sandy ( no power yet). ... My CS 5 was an upgrade from CS3. Will I be able to install CS 5 upgrade if the earlier version is not on the new notebook? ...
Good to see you around and I am really sorry you are not back at your own abode yet.
I had a similar situation when I replaced my Mac desktop and installed CS5 on it when CS4 was still on the previous desktop. In my case, I believe, I only needed the Activation or Serial number from the previous edition in order to install the update, but that was on a Mac and I cannot speak to Windows. However, with most Adobe products you can use it for 30 days prior to needing a serial number, so that might get you through. As for Windows 7 or 8, I don't know if CS5 runs on 8, but personally, I would always stick with the latest software that came with the machine in lieu of stepping backward as I think you are in for less frustration. And, you can always do a search for the profiles.
Best of Luck and we hoping you are home soon.
BTW - the D800 is just chugging right along.