Active questions tagged license - Super User most recent 30 from 2018-10-16T09:40:12Z -3 How to find license key with CMD or powershell without upgrading powershell to version 3.0 Filip CieĊ›lik 2018-10-15T17:33:55Z 2018-10-16T06:43:55Z <p>I have an issue cause I am trying to deploy a script which lists the major data of PCs, but unfortunately I cannot get license key of anything. All the computers in the company (except IT) use Windows 7 Pro and have powershell v 2.0. I need to get license key, but do not have any ideas. I tried going cmd and then "wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey" but this does not work. Suggestions?</p> 0 sudden apparition of Office Plus "activation error 0xC004F074" PA. 2018-10-05T15:48:01Z 2018-10-05T15:48:01Z <p>After almost three years of using a laptop with windows 10 Pro and office 2010 plus, it has recently began a series of "activation error 0xC004F074" saying that ms office is not activated and a countdown of days before activation required.</p> <p>What should I be looking for and where? in order to obtain that activation code that my system has forgotten about.</p> <p>The system is an Acer Travelmate of my daughter, purchased thru an special high school program in 2015.</p> 0 How do I find out if a computer is OEM licensed or if any? Shanu 2018-09-17T16:58:52Z 2018-09-18T04:45:27Z <p>Are there tools to find out if there is an OEM key embedded in my computer's Bios/EFI ?</p> <p><strong>This question requires some backstory. If you are interested in the backstory, or why am I asking this question, please continue to read, otherwise Ignore</strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">The full backstory and my thoughts</a></p> 0 re: Microsoft Office updates, licensing: perpetual license vs. Office 365 Daniel 2018-09-08T23:01:45Z 2018-09-09T05:57:15Z <p>I've been confused about this because of ambiguous language since Microsoft Office 365 launched. I remember spending an hour or so trying to figure out a definitive answer at launch time. I've spent about 15 minutes doing the same now, and I just want to get this sorted now, once and for all.</p> <p>I remember when Office365 originally launched, Microsoft was saying that they would not be providing "updates" for customers who decided to purchase the normal, old-school, "perpetual" licenses (retail copies or otherwise). I also remember them saying that if you bought a Product Key card (also a perpetual license) that Microsoft would "remember" the moment that you activated and downloaded a copy of Office using the Product Key, and would always save a "snapshot" (presumably of that build) of Office, and that you would never be able to update that either.</p> <p>What has never been clear to me is what they meant by "update".</p> <p>As I see it, there are four (or five) categories of "updates."</p> <ol> <li><p><strong>Security fixes</strong> </p> <p>No new functionality: these were usually small patches and hot fixes</p></li> <li><p><strong>Bug fixes</strong> </p> <p>Restoring original functionality that doesn't work as promised or intended: theses were usually small patches and hot fixes</p></li> <li><p><strong>Minor feature updates</strong> </p> <p>New functionality within the same major version: these were larger patches</p></li> <li><p><strong>Major feature updates</strong> </p> <p>These usually corresponded to service packs (Windows X, SPx), or new physical releases (Windows 8.1, Windows Server X R2)</p></li> <li><p><strong>New major versions</strong> </p> <p>These usually included new major functionality as well as a new look and interface and corresponded to major new releases (Windows 7 to 8 to 10)</p></li> </ol> <p>So it is clear to me that if I have a valid Office 365 subscription, I get all of the above. What is not clear to me is <strong>which, if any, of the above kinds of updates does a perpetual (physical or digital) license entitle me to?</strong></p> <p>Microsoft seemed to be implying to me that I wouldn't get <em>any</em> of the above, which seems ridiculous. At the very least, I should be entitled to (1.) security fixes and (2.) bug fixes with any license I buy. I could also reasonably see another line drawn somewhere between (3.) minor feature updates and (4.) major feature updates. I would never expect to get a (5.) major new version - that has always required a new license.</p> <p>Does any one have a definitive answer to this?</p> 0 I want to sell my laptop but retain my windows 10 license Anish Majumder 2018-09-07T13:53:23Z 2018-09-08T10:08:45Z <p>My laptop has Windows 10 Pro retail license. I wish to retain this license for myself and not give it away with the device. I will be doing a full reset and data wipe (of course). But I want to know how I can hold on to my license. What extra steps will I need to take? </p> <p>Clarification edits:<br> 1. It did not come with Windows. It came with DOS installed. For this reason, there is no license key baked into the BIOS.<br> 2. It is not UEFI at its current configuration. It does support UEFI, though, if one is willing to go through the complete format and reinstall process.<br> 3. I am using a retail Windows 10 Pro license which I bought separately </p> 2 Using pre-owned laptops with OEM windows Sherantha 2018-08-30T10:58:22Z 2018-08-30T11:17:20Z <p>We use pre-owned laptops with OEM windows in our company. I think there is no license issue because the OEM windows is using with the original hardware. I also found <a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">this</a> while searching. But I still have some doubts.</p> <ul> <li>Since we are a company do we have to buy windows registered to the company name?</li> <li>We bought these laptops from a store and we don't have any details of the previous owners. Does it matter?</li> </ul> 0 Cisco ASA 5505 license, "true" interface connectivity xR34P3Rx 2017-01-30T23:03:54Z 2018-08-28T18:04:33Z <p>So i bought a Cisco ASA and i am trying to get 2 interfaces to fully communicate with each other. Another technician here at work that knows more says that for this to happen i need a security plus license and my ASA has a base license. Is this necessarily true? Im also having issues connecting to SSH from the internet to my ASA, could this also lie under my current license? Looking at cisco's documentation on my ASA, it isnt that informative its more of a quick overview.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer"></a></p> <p>Much help appreciated!</p> <p><strong>UPDATE</strong></p> <p>Current ASA Config <a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer"></a></p> 0 Cisco asa fmc amp ulr license Kriss 2018-08-06T14:32:57Z 2018-08-25T16:49:04Z <p>is L-ASA5508-TAMC-1y license sell as a PAK or just plain lic file generated by seller ? I have bought 2 devices witch FMC and all licenses but i think the company who sold it to me didn't send me all licenses. </p> <p>Greetings Kris</p> 0 Remove Windows Computer From Domain - Keep Windows License confusedadmin 2018-08-13T11:12:51Z 2018-08-13T11:12:51Z <p>At my workspace we are using an AD. The Windows license are received by adding the computers to the domain.</p> <p>Now because we have some mobile devices which often don't have a connection to the domain network we removed them from the domain after the Windows license got activated.</p> <p><em>Is it possible that the Windows license somehow deactivated itself after the removal from the domain?</em> Because we got a device that is not activated anymore - and we are 100% sure that it used to be. Running Windows 10 Enterprise btw.</p> <p><em>And if that's the normal behavior:</em> Do you have another idea to solve our problems? Apart from either keeping the computer within the domain but using local accounts to login or just using Windows 10 Pro?</p> <p>Thank in advance</p> 1 Does Windows 10 use the same key when installed with a Win8 key? Android Dev 2017-09-21T02:11:24Z 2018-07-21T15:49:58Z <p>Long story short, I helped a friend build a PC a year ago and now we need to reinstall Windows. Originally, he bought a Windows 8.1 Pro license, and I installed Windows 10 with the 8.1 key, (did NOT upgrade).</p> <p>But now, when reinstalling, he was wondering if I could install 8 instead of 10. However, he can't find the COA and Win8 disc.</p> <p>So the question is, if I use Magical Jellybean Keyfinder or some similar tool, will the key it reports for the Win10 installation be the same as what we originally input, or is it different due to how the digital entitlement thing works?</p> <p>I ask because I know if you upgrade to Win10 everybody gets the same generic key...</p> 2 What is a "Promotional Version" of MS Office 2013? Tony 2018-07-07T10:16:02Z 2018-07-07T15:00:45Z <p>I purchased a "Product Key" version of MS Office 2013. It arrived in a shrink wrapped box but I'm concerned with a sticker on the back (on the outside of the shrink wrap) which says:</p> <blockquote> <p>Promotional Version Upgrade Included</p> </blockquote> <p>The box looks genuine, but I could not find anything online about "Promotional" versions of Office.</p> <p>What are promotional versions, and will this software continue to work without having to pay for an upgrade?</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer"><img src="" alt="box front"></a> <a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer"><img src="" alt="box back"></a></p> 0 How to check if a non-Win10 PC has Windows 10 Digital License Moobie 2018-06-15T19:05:26Z 2018-06-15T19:25:26Z <p>When I was upgrading my PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10 while it was free, it crashed upon reboot, so I was forced to recover to Windows 7 (which still corrupted over 2000 files). Since my PC was connected to Internet during the whole upgrade process, and that Windows Update might have been installed, there might be a chance that my hardware ID was registered on Microsoft's servers even though I had not been able to boot into Windows.</p> <p>Now my Windows 7 is getting buggy and I want to try out Windows 10's new features. Before I purchase a new hard drive to install Windows 10 afresh (dual boot with partition not an option due to limited space on current SSD), is there any way to check with Microsoft whether my current hardware has indeed been registered as having a Digital Entitlement/License?</p> <p>Alternative use case might be for someone who purchased a secondhand PC to check if a Windows 10 license has been included or not.</p> 9 Recovering a Windows XP License key Fortyrunner 2009-08-30T12:37:30Z 2018-06-15T09:19:14Z <p>I threw out a Windows XP machine a while ago (the motherboard failed). I kept the hard drive and the XP installation media.</p> <p>Problem is the license key was on a sticker on the machine - doh! The original manufacturer has gone bust (Evesham) and I suspect that Microsoft will be of little help.</p> <p>Is there any easy way to get the license key off the hard disk? Can I just find the file with the registry data in it and get the key using a hex editor?</p> <p>I really need a spare XP key for use in a Windows VM.</p> 2 Can I bundle Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (.diagcab) files with my software? [closed] Klocman 2018-06-02T18:03:46Z 2018-06-02T19:59:01Z <p>I am having difficulty finding any licenses of these files. Provided I don't modify, only call them, am I allowed to distribute them alongside my other software?</p> <p>EDIT: The tool I want to use: <a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer"></a></p> <p>As far as I know it's not included in Windows, and there is no passkey required. It also doesn't have copyright info.</p> 2 MS SQL Server Licenses VCarstein 2018-06-01T06:22:16Z 2018-06-01T06:22:16Z <p>I was having a discussion at work about the licensing model of Microsoft, in particular for SQL Server and we couldn't agree on the interpretation of "Active SA Quantity".</p> <p>So the question is, if for SQL Server Ent. Lic. I have 10 Active SA Quantity, does that mean that we are covered for 20 cores on the server? (since licenses come in packs of 2)? What do you think?</p> <p>Thanks!</p> 1 VirtualBox and Solidworks license manager amnixed 2018-05-31T17:25:39Z 2018-05-31T17:25:39Z <p>I'd like to install Solidworks license manager in a VirtualBox guest (Win7 Pro) - not Solidworks itself, just the licensing server. However, I get this error:</p> <p>"Activation license mode is not supported in this virtual environment. You may continue the installation, but activation will fail"</p> <p>Searching for a solution, I came across this promising thread: <a href=""></a></p> <p>My question is: Is there a similar workaround for VirtualBox? The host is FreeBSD 10.4-STABLE</p> 0 Disc cloning: are there license transfer tips? Lyrl 2018-05-30T14:05:52Z 2018-05-30T14:33:58Z <p>My company has 1 computer that operates our main piece of equipment; we run 3 shifts and expect to always have this equipment running. We would like to have a 'hot-swappable' computer backup to keep our equipment going in the event of hardware failure.</p> <p>We have cloned the disc using Acronis imaging software, which includes a feature of spoofing the hardware ID of the new hard disc. The cloned system successfully loads all the customized software and programming for operating our equipment; the Windows XP and SQL Server 2005 software is fully functional; however, the licenses for an Iconics Genesis32 and Kepserver 5 installation are not recognized.</p> <p>Both companies have a free license transfer service available for use with planned system swaps. However, in the case of hardware failure they 1)require a tech support subscription at a price that is burdensome for a company as small as we are, 2)have limited support in the off hours or weekends, potentially causing significant production losses if our hardware fails outside of normal business hours, and 3)for at least Kepserver they plan to completely discontinue support in 3-5 years, at which point hardware failure would force us to buy new PLC communication software with the risk of it not being compatible with our legacy system, which could really spiral out of control.</p> <p>With the image backup, I have attempted both 'regular' images (backing up used areas only) and 'sector-by-sector' backups. I have set up the new hard drive with partitions in the same order and spacing as the in-use drive (the Iconics license, at least, uses something in a FAT16 partition as part of its license verification step). I have restored the image to 3 different Dell systems. All tests have had the same result of these two licenses not being recognized.</p> <p>Is there anything else I could try to get these two licenses to transfer with the disc image and restore?</p> 0 Windows License stored in UEFI/BIOS JSmith 2016-08-03T08:00:06Z 2018-05-26T11:53:36Z <p>Since Windows 10 (or earlier?). It has become standard to store the license product key in the UEFI/BIOS.</p> <p>I am in the market for buying a new (custom build, individual parts) PC with a new Windows 10 License.</p> <p>However I was wondering (and can't find clear information on this subject). What the differences between the licenses are when it comes to OEM and Retail.</p> <p>If in the far future I were to sell this PC:</p> <ol> <li>Would the license (whether OEM or Retail), be stored in the UEFI/BIOS, where it could be used by the new owner?</li> <li>If so, can I <strong>remove</strong> the license key from the UEFI/BIOS?</li> </ol> <p>I want to know this because I don't want to buy Windows 10 every single time I buy a new PC (since no new versions of Windows will be created, only updates).</p> 0 Trying to open software using VPN connection Jason 2018-05-23T06:57:43Z 2018-05-23T06:57:43Z <p>I am trying to establish VPN connection at the office where I work and home. There is a software that I'd like to use. When I'm physically at my workstation, all that is required is the USB stick that contains the license be plugged into the computer. I am using network License USB allows multiple users to use the software.<br> Is there any method to create VPN connection and use the software in my house? </p> 0 How to extend trial or enter product key in Visual Studio Express 2013 on an offline machine [duplicate] Mitulát báti 2015-01-04T12:59:33Z 2018-05-15T12:55:55Z <div class="question-status question-originals-of-duplicate"> <p>This question already has an answer here:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="/questions/730511/visual-studio-2012-2013-express-offline-installation-activation" dir="ltr">Visual Studio 2012/2013 Express offline installation/activation</a> <span class="question-originals-answer-count"> 3 answers </span> </li> </ul> </div> <p>I can't sign in to Visual Studio on this machine because it is not connected to the Internet. My 30-day trial period has expired, and I'm no longer able to use this product.</p> <p>Is there any workaround that I can use to activate or register the product?</p> <p>(I intentionally installed Express version of Studio because as far as I knew it's free, and it wouldn't need registration or other validation methods, because this is an offline machine.)</p> 0 Change Windows Activation/License back to a trial thilina R 2014-09-15T19:54:50Z 2018-05-15T12:55:11Z <p>I need to convert a Window 7 installation on a VM (which is licensed and activated) back to a trial.</p> <p>What are the steps to do this? </p> <p><strong>REASON for this (since one of the comments has asked):</strong> Need to give a VM with a custom solution on it to a 3rd Party. I need to remove our Microsoft Windows License before giving it to them.</p> 4 How to remove "Expired license" message in VMWare Player? Indrek 2014-04-14T09:17:45Z 2018-05-15T12:50:30Z <p>I'm using VMWare Player to run some virtual machines. Recently I needed to use the VMWare Virtual Disk Manager utility (to convert some dynamic disks to fixed), and since it doesn't come with Player, I installed the evaluation version of VMWare Workstation. After I was done, I uninstalled Workstation and reinstalled Player, but apparently Player thinks I'm still using an evaluation licence because it shows "Expired license" in the title bar and the following message in the main window:</p> <blockquote> <p>Your evaluation license has expired. To continue commercial use of this product, purchase a license.</p> </blockquote> <p><img src="" alt="enter image description here"></p> <p>How can I revert back to the free-for-personal-use version of VMWare Player? I've already tried completely uninstalling all VMWare products and reinstalling Player, but that doesn't work, the "Expired license" message persists.</p> 2 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 trial expired user83293 2012-04-13T11:35:51Z 2018-05-15T12:04:37Z <p>My trial of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 will expire tomorrow.</p> <p>What behaviour should I expect? It will not boot?</p> 1 "Upgrade" path from Windows 7 RTM 90-day trial to full version Roy Rico 2009-10-16T17:52:43Z 2018-05-15T12:00:01Z <p>I have installed a 90 day trial version of Windows 7. What is going to happy at the end of 90 days? </p> 0 Can changing the date on your computer extend the use of a trial period? [closed] Throsby 2013-05-04T21:53:53Z 2018-05-15T08:28:54Z <p>I've heard that changing the date on your computer can extend the use of a trial for software X. </p> <p>The idea being that you have a limited license on some software local to the computer. Say Software X, and you find a Y-day free trial. </p> <ul> <li><p>Would it be possible to "extend" the free trial period by tricking the software by changing the time on the computer? </p></li> <li><p>Could this be done retroactively? Say the license ran out 31 days ago, could I set the computer back 14 days to have it work again?</p></li> <li><p>What could be done to secure again taking advantage of this?</p></li> </ul> 0 Where do I enter my serial number for Adobe CS6? Sydcul 2013-01-31T21:19:39Z 2018-05-15T08:27:40Z <p>I installed CS6 in trial mode, now I got a serial, but I don't know where to enter it.</p> 0 Photoshop trial and commercial use [closed] lunar 2013-03-01T19:30:37Z 2018-05-15T08:19:56Z <p>Is it legal to use trial version of Photoshop for commercial use? I am confused after reading this: <a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer">link</a>.</p> 0 Imaging and deployment Imza86 2018-05-11T09:53:04Z 2018-05-11T10:40:48Z <p>so as i understand an image is a snapshot of the hard disk which can be installed in another computer. It contains the data, software which can be deployed in the next computer.</p> <p>So if i made an image of this computer which has the OS windows 7 and microsoft office in it and install it in the next computer. So now that computer will also have OS windows 7 and Microsoft office right?</p> <p>Then how about licensing? Will the new computer gets free windows and microsoft office?</p> <p>Pls clarify. Thanks</p> 0 MATLAB License error 96 Stavros Avramidis 2018-05-01T09:58:49Z 2018-05-01T17:43:31Z <p>I am trying to open MATLAB on my windows pc. About a week ago it was working fine now i get the 96 error code. <code>License manager error 96.MAtlab is unable to connect to license server</code>. I am connected to the vpn of my university, and I can confirm I have internet access, nut no luck.</p> <p>I suspect redstone update did the trick....</p> -1 How to check digital licenses linked to my Microsoft Account? [duplicate] Abhishek Ranjan 2018-04-21T07:40:03Z 2018-04-21T08:12:18Z <div class="question-status question-originals-of-duplicate"> <p>This question already has an answer here:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="/questions/947232/how-to-reinstall-windows-10-on-new-hard-disk" dir="ltr">How to reinstall Windows 10 on new hard disk</a> <span class="question-originals-answer-count"> 4 answers </span> </li> </ul> </div> <p>My harddrive just crashed and HP is asking me to pay them to get a recovery media in order to re-install Windows on the new hard drive. Now, Windows 10 uses digital licenses tied to out Microsoft Account. So, I guess I should be able to grab a iso of the same edition of Windows online, install it, and then activate it by signing in to my MS Account. Only thing I can't seem to figure out is how do I check if I have a digital license linked to my account. <a href="" rel="nofollow noreferrer"></a> does show my connected devices but there isn't any option to check my license. Also,found a answer elsewhere stating that this page only shows the devices linked, not the one which have license. What I want to know is , How do I check whether the digital license is there in my MS Account or not ?</p>