My limited experience (2 events) suggests that creating a partition in my stack of hard drives deactivates SW.
Is this what you see?
Until recently I believed the license was tied to the CPU, but I have since learned the license is tied to the main hard drive; so if you have 'messed' with it, there is a very good likelihood that SW could be affected.
It should be simple to have it reactivated though.
Yes, the reactivation does work, but it frightened the hell out of me when SW failed to start.
Hopefully they have considered that the "main" HD might fail, or that I might choose to "hand it down" to an older box for general duties rather than leave it spinning unnecessarily in my workstation.
Perhaps I should be asking in what situation will reactivation be declined.
I have discovered yet another situation in which SW deactivates, and I have not yet tried restoring from a backup tape.
Thanks Wayne for what sounds like a credible explanation.
The problem I have in being an outside the square thinker is that I do things that others have not anticipated and get myself into trouble. Whilst I will use SW in only one computer, it has 2 hard drives and 3 (so far) partitions, each with its own copy of Windows and 1 of 2 annual versions of 1 SW serial number.
Things I have not yet tried include:-
1) Putting a third annual version in its own partition.
2) Removing the original small hard drive and leaving the newer and larger one.
3) Installing Win7 in a new partition together with one of my annual versions of SW.
Can you predict what will happen?
If you have a dual boot computer and SolidWorks installed in both boots, that would take both of your activations for your one serial number of SolidWorks. If you decide to install Windows 7 on the third partition and want to run SolidWorks in Windows 7, you would have to deactivate SolidWorks from one of your other boots.
Your VAR can get you the history of all of your activations for your serial number of SolidWorks.
Deactivation of one to activate another should not be a problem; if only I knew how. A search in two obvious places produced nothing.
Perhaps activating a new copy automatically deactivates the oldest activation? That would explain past surprises.
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