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    Default Last resort backup of CAM software installation

    Quote Originally Posted by bryan_machine View Post
    in other words yet another scheme to force subscription payments, leave everbody exposed if they go out of business, and make working in places with spotty or no internet more difficult.

    when the rwvolution comes, all of the big software houses will be against the walll....

    The subscription model is awful - for us end users. Talk about getting the short end of the stick.

    It's really important to make a system image of your hard drive that has the CAM software installation on it. If the hard drive fails, clone your spare and pop a new one in. If another component - graphics, motherboard, cpu, etc. fails you may be able to use the image to restore your CAM program to a new or similar workstation.

    It's sure better than buying a new seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Griffing View Post
    I upgraded two machines to 2018 - despite my reluctance to use a new release. So far, both work as in the old days. I have not had to sign out. I have only one seat of whatever they call the high end (most expensive) option - no network feature here either. So I am clueless as to why you are having trouble.

    Edit: I should add that I have only used one machine at a time.
    Once a computer is activated for Solidworks, it's for the life of the computer. Upgrading an existing install doesn't require a new activation. If you click on Show Licenses, it'll most likely show Activation Expires - Never. The change doesn't affect you until you lose a hard drive or upgrade a computer. At which time you're back to one computer per seat.

    The problem is I followed procedure to move an installation to a different computer - I deactivated the home office PC to move it to a laptop, and found I could not reactivate it without deactivating the shop PC. That's how I learned of the policy change. I never would have done that if I had any idea of this change - would have been fine for another 5 years or more with two activations. That's why I'm so pissed.

    The sales rep quoted the EULA, which some years ago was updated to allow only one activation per seat instead of two. Only in the last month or so did they change the actual activation process.

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    Another late to the party. I purchased SW at the end of January 2017 and loaded it on my work computer and a month on a workstation laptop. When activating the laptop I got a warning about a second computer. SW allowed me to ignore that and I can use either computer whenever I want. To be sure I have never tried to use both at the same time.
    After talking with my VAR yesterday I learned that you cannot do that with 2018. You need to sign one out before signing another in. Yes, that sucks for home users who forget to sign out, or get stuck at home because of weather. VAR told me SW is working on a solution coming out maybe in 2018 where you can get authorized at either end. No need to remember signing out.
    For now I am staying with 2017, even though I already have 2018 ready to go.

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    I just bought 2018. I have no problems with the current system but would like to see them set it up so that you can activate/deactivate a machine either on that machine or by logging into their site where you can check licenses. This would allow it to be done from anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Deal View Post
    I just bought 2018. I have no problems with the current system but would like to see them set it up so that you can activate/deactivate a machine either on that machine or by logging into their site where you can check licenses. This would allow it to be done from anywhere.
    That is what they plan according to my VAR. But no date announced yet.

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    I am having some problems with my licensing on my 2018 but I just downloaded a new program called "Solidworks Activation Wizard". It appears that this will allow you to activate/deactivate your license on a pc even if sw is not active on the current PC- at least that is what it says it does. I have not tried it yet.


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