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OtsReg: Licensing a machine not connected to the Internet

This step-by-step picture guide is for licensing software using a Product License on a machine that is not 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 license a machine that is not connected to the internet by copying a Product License, a Machine License Request, and a Machine License between OtsReg on the computer you are licensing and an internet-connected computer via a floppy disk, memory stick or other removable media.

Steps:


STEP 1 - 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 on the internet connected computer 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 a text file on your floppy disk or removable storage device (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 2 - You now need insert your floppy disk or removable storage and open it: Go to your desktop, My Computer -> 3.5 Floppy (A:) (or whichever drive your removable storage is). You should then RIGHT-click on some white space in the drive file area and click NEW -> TEXT DOCUMENT:

The new file created will normally be called "New Text Document.txt". You should rename it to "License.txt". (If you are not sure how to rename, click here to see the Text File section in the Glossary).


STEP 3 - Double-click the License.txt file you just created, and it should open in Notepad (or other). RIGHT-click in the white text-typing area of Notepad and click Paste. You should end up with something like this:

Save this text file by going to Notepad's menu FILE -> SAVE. Then close the Notepad window. Congratulations! You now have successfully obtained your Product License. Now you need to take the floppy disk or removable storage, with Product License on it, back to your non-internet-connected machine.


STEP 4 - If you have not done so already, install your new software on the computer you wish to license.


STEP 5 - You should now be back at the machine you wish to license. Insert your floppy disk or removable storage and then run the new software. You will now see the OtsReg window, requesting a Product License. Click on the "Enter/Edit..." button:


STEP 6 - You should now see a window titled "OtsReg - Enter/Edit Product License". You need to copy and paste the Product License previously saved in the License.txt file. Go to My Computer -> 3.5 Floppy (A:) (or whichever disk is your removable storage) and double-click on License.txt. Highlight and copy the Product License and return to the OtsReg window (use Windows Taskbar if you can't see OtsReg window) and click on the Paste button:

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


STEP 7 - You now need to obtain a Machine License. Click on the "Obtain" button:

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

 
STEP 8 - You should now see a window titled "OtsReg - Obtain Machine License from OtsZone.com". As you are licensing a non-internet-connected machine you can't use the "Automatic..." button to obtain the Machine License. Instead you will need to use the Manual 3-step method.

(Note: If it is inconvenient 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.)

To start the Manual 3-step method, first, click the "Copy" button next to Manual Method: Step 2 which will copy the Machine License Request (5 lines of text):


STEP 9 - Open the License.txt file on your floppy disk or removable storage again and paste the Machine License Request a few lines under the entire Product License (to keep them clearly separated). Save License.txt.


STEP 10 - You will now need to take the floppy disk or removable storage back to the internet-connected machine. On this machine, open a web browser and go to:

https://OtsZone.com/license.html

Copy the Machine License Request from the text file "License.txt" and paste it into the web form, then click "Create License...":


STEP 11 - You should see your new Machine License (1 line of text). Copy and paste this Machine License into your License.txt file, a few lines underneath the Machine License Request:

After this has been done, save the License.txt file and return to your non-internet-connected machine.


STEP 12 - Now that you are back at your non-internet-connected machine, open your License.txt file from the floppy disk or removable storage and copy and paste the Machine License into OtsReg as shown in the picture below. (It won't matter if OtsReg has since been closed as the Machine License will still be valid until you make major changes to your computer. If it was closed, run the software again from your desktop and enter the Product License if requested, and then the new Machine License you have just acquired.)

Click "OK" at the very bottom of the window, once the Machine License is in place.


STEP 13 - 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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