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Windows 10, random wifi MAC addresses and license transfer troubles.

Question asked by Benjamin Lefebvre on Sep 21, 2017
Latest reply on Feb 25, 2018 by Weiran Wu

When activating a license, SOLIDWORKS sends a computer ID to the license server.

This computer ID is generated with, among other information, the MAC address of the wifi network card.

We had to deactivate the random address feature for the network card in a recently bought Windows 10 laptop in order to be able to transfer the license successfully, because we kept receiving the reply that the number of activations was exceeded.


I think this is a new feature in Windows 10 and hardware that supports it and it will become more and more common in the near future. Here's a link to an article about that: IEEE group recommends random MAC addresses for Wi-Fi security | CSO Online


My question: is there anyone else out there starting to have trouble transferring their licenses on Windows 10 laptops?

Should maybe SOLIDWORKS start rethinking their computer id algorithm to take into account new network security standards?