Transferring a license is done through the Activation Wizard. Even though it's a seperate program to SolidWorks, you may need to install all of SolidWorks to get it back.
Alternatively, if you have SolidWorks installed on another machine, browse to <SolidWorks Install Folder>setup\ and copy the contents of the i386 folder across to the computer with the stranded license.
From there run the following command (dos) prompt: <SolidWorks Install Folder>setup\i386\swactwiz.exe /primprod:solidworks This is what it will typically look like: “C:\Program Files\solidworks\solidworks\setup\i386\swactwiz.exe” /primprod:Solidworks
That should get the Activation Wizard up and running. Like I said before, copying the Activation Wizard from another machine without installing SolidWorks may not work (I've never tried it). If the steps above also don't work, you will need to contact your VAR to deactivate the license on your machine.
Go to Help > Transfer License
Or did you re-format a hard drive and wipe it out before de-activating the SW license ?
In SW2007 and early versions of SW2008, Windows would not ask you to de-activate the license when doing a program uninstall. In later releases of SW2008, SW2009, SW2010 there is a pop-up that comes up if you do an uninstall in WIndows and have not de-activated the license.
Unfortunately, a hard drive failure or someone re-formatting a hard drive will not get a warning. No way to account for that.
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