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    PVA - Jim

    In the event of a hardware failure or new hardware purchase, a license of Vectorworks can be transferred to a new machine. 

    This may be done by installing and activating the software on the new computer. Once the new installation is up and running, the previous installation of Vectorworks should be uninstalled. 

    Once Vectorworks is completely uninstalled the old activation will become available again after a period of 3 months (90 days from the last use of the license). When running Vectorworks on a shared workstation with multiple user accounts, be sure that the same serial number is entered for each user account on the workstation. 

    Activations are linked to hardware, not usernames or user accounts. Using different serial numbers for each user will result in an unneeded use of an activation.

    If the Maximum Activation error message is displayed when attempting to activate the license on the new computer, it means that the Vectorworks license has been activated on too many machines. 


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    In this case, please contact your local distributor for further assistance. If you are outside the US, please visit our international map to find your local distributor. If you are located in the United States, please contact us at Tech@vectorworks.net. When you contact us, please include the following information:

    • A screen shot of your error message. (Click here for instructions to create a screen shot.)
    • The reason you are installing Vectorworks on a third computer.
    • Your current serial number.

    Edited by JimW

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    User Feedback

    I use Vectorworks on two machines--a desktop and a laptop. Several months ago, I moved my user folder to a Dropbox folder. This way, when I update workspaces and such on one machine, it would transfer over to the other machine the next time I started it up.


    The downside has been that I regularly have to "Activate" again, and now for the third time, I have had to call in because I have exceeded activations. I'm only using it on two machines so I don't know what the fix is..

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