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OtsReg: Licensing a machine connected to the Internet

This step-by-step picture guide is for licensing software using a Product License on a machine that is connected to the internet. If you have been supplied with a license token please refer to the instructions in Licensing with a Product Token.

Brief Objective: To enter a Product License using the OtsReg window, and to automatically obtain a Machine License using your internet connection.


STEP 1 - If you have not done so already, install your new software. (If you haven't downloaded it yet, continue with Step 2 - viewing your Product License - which will also provide links to downloading the software).

STEP 2 - When you purchase any software that uses the OtsReg licensing system, you will be supplied with a Product License which matches the product and quantity you have purchased. If you have misplaced your product license, it may be retrieved from OtsZone by going to OtsZone.com and clicking on "My Licenses" in the site menu (login if prompted). Click on the PDI number (looks like PABA-RT3S) to display your Product License:

You will now need to highlight the 9 lines of the Product License from this web page and then copy and paste it into OtsReg (explained in next few steps).

Right-click and copy the Product License text as shown in the above picture. (You can learn about copying and pasting here if you are not sure how to do it).

STEP 3 - A copy of your Product License is now sitting in the Windows clipboard (in memory). You can go ahead now and run your new software.

STEP 4 - You should see the OtsReg window, requesting a Product License. Click on the "Enter/Edit..." button as shown in the picture below:

STEP 5 - You should now see a window titled "OtsReg - Enter/Edit Product License". You need to paste the Product License, you copied into the Windows clipboard a few steps ago, by clicking on the Paste button as shown in this picture below:

Click the "OK" button at the bottom of this window. After this, you should see OtsReg reporting the Product License "Installed and valid".

STEP 6 - You now need to obtain a Machine License. Click on the "Obtain" button, as shown in this picture below:

An "Important Note" window will pop up. Read this carefully and click "OK" down the bottom when finished.

STEP 7 - You should now see a window titled "OtsReg - Obtain Machine License from OtsZone.com". If the machine you are licensing is connected to the internet, you can click on the "Automatically get machine license now!" button. This will attempt to use your internet connection to obtain the Machine License. See picture:

If this is successful, go to Step 8. If you get an error window pop up, stating "Unable to communicate with server. Try again or use the manual method", there may be a few reasons. It may be the server is currently down, in which case you should try again in an hour or so. It could be you're not connected to the internet. Or it could be you have an especially strict firewall which prevents the automatic button from working (e.g. your firewall only allows port 80 access for web browsers). In the case of a strict firewall, you should follow the steps in the non-internet-connected guide, which shows how to perform the manual method of obtaining a Machine License via a web browser. You can click into it here to go straight to Step 8 where this starts (ignore the use of a floppy disk for copying and pasting to, in your case).

Note: If you are unable to obtain a Machine License immediately, there is another temporary option. Simply click on the "OK" button down the very bottom of the "Obtain Machine License..." window, and a 7-day temp license will be offered. You click on the "Create temp license" button in the bottom right-hand corner of the main OtsReg window, and this will get you running the software in the meantime.

STEP 8 - You should see "Installed and valid" in both the Product License and Machine License areas now. Well done! You can now click "Run Application" in the bottom right-hand corner of OtsReg. You have completed the licensing process.

FINAL NOTES - Always keep your Product License safe and private. This represents what you have purchased. If you experience any problems with audio or using the software, be sure to see the software's built-in help file which covers all areas of the program.

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