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Use the NI Activation Wizard to obtain an activation code for your software. You can launch the NI Activation Wizard two ways:
Activation is the process of obtaining an activation code to enable your software to run on your computer. An activation code is an alphanumeric string that verifies the software, version, and computer ID to enable features on your computer. Activation codes are unique and are valid on only one computer.
The NI Activation Wizard is a part of NI License Manager that steps you through the process of enabling software to run on your machine.
Your serial number uniquely identifies your purchase of NI software. You can find your serial number on the Certificate of Ownership included in your software kit. If your software kit does not include a Certificate of Ownership, you can find your serial number on the product packing slip or on the shipping label.
If you have installed a previous version using your serial number, you can find the serial number by selecting the Help»About menu item within the application or by selecting your product within NI License Manager (Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI License Manager or from NI Launcher in Windows 8). You can also contact your local National Instruments branch at ni.com/contact.
The computer ID contains unique information about your computer. National Instruments requires this information to enable your software. You can find your computer ID through the NI Activation Wizard or by using NI License Manager, as follows:
For more information about product activation and licensing refer to ni.com/activate.
You can install and run most NI application software in evaluation mode. This mode lets you use a product with certain limitations, such as reduced functionality or limited execution time. Refer to your product documentation for specific information on the product's evaluation mode.
To transfer your software to another computer, install and activate it on the second computer. You are not prohibited from transferring your software from one computer to another and you do not need to contact or inform NI of the transfer. Because activation codes are unique to each computer, you will need a new activation code. Refer to the How do I activate my software? section of this topic to learn how to acquire a new activation code and reactivate your software.
To deactivate a product and return the product to the state it was in before you activated it, right-click the product in the NI License Manager tree and select Deactivate. If the product was in evaluation mode before you activated it, the properties of the evaluation mode may not be restored.
NI License Manager does not support Microsoft Windows Guest accounts. You must log in to a non-Guest account to run licensed NI application software.