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activation and deactivation of licenses

Posted on 2014-03-23
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there are so many softwares like adobe , sketchup etc......need to activate while installing

 what will happen , if user changes computer and install again ....without doing anything on old computer
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by:Lee W, MVP
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It depends on the software, version purchased and requirements of the license.  It may not activate on the new system.  Speculating much beyond that is not really appropriate given my understanding of the rules of this site.
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if computer formats without deactivating , what will happen
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Lee W, MVP earned 200 total points
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It depends on the software, version purchased and requirements of the license.

Since hardware can fail, in that scenario, I would contact the vendor and explain the circumstance.
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Lee is correct. Every vendor handles this differently. My experience with Adobe is that they are willing to let you explain the situation and reset my activation. Microsoft fell on deaf ears.

By and large, most software vendors let you install one copy and one backup on a personal computer for personal use.

Once the mothership says that you have reached your limit, the software will not activate. What happens then is up to the individual software.
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I've had a drive fail after activation of Adobe.    The first time i had this issue, i explained, then they reset the activation (so i could activate it).    I had this happen a second time and they made me wait a week (i wasn't happy).   They didn't say it was going to take a week, they had my support ticket hung up for a week, but i could tell it was intentional.   The first time they reset it through chat in 5 minutes.

I found with Microsoft,  the activation limit was a bit more flexible.    Even after the 2 hard drive failures, i didn't have any issues with reactivating.
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I've been upgrading XP computers to 7 and so far I haven't had a problem getting a new activation code for the programs that are still supported and compatible.
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