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My first thought is why the heck would a company trust a future employee with an old version of any software.
The seems to be some accountability missing somewhere.
Anyway, I think disable is the wrong term. I think you should uninstall it completely and not install anything until you have a vaild license of the software. Here is a link that instructs how to manage this. Just focus on the uninstall portion for now.
Thank you for the reply. However since we are a system consultant for the company we dont actually control what is installed with noted exceptions. Anything that we dont lease out or cover under contract is totally on the company. We will service the machines on a paid basis out of contract. The only systems we control the software installation is what we lease or accept contracts for.
According to our lease agreement and our service contract,
"NO software is to be installed on leased or covered equipment without proper licensing from the appropriate licensing agent with the exception of trial software. Any software that is unlicensed (pirated, cracked, etc.) runs the risk of unnecessary security exposure and possible infection from various viruses, exploits, spyware, etc. and will void coverage of systems with such software installed."
Since those machines are no longer part of the contract we dont control what is installed. However, that employee is trying to convince the owner of installing pirated SWorks on the server which we do control and is leased from us. I have informed the owner any attempt at installing an unlicensed copy would violate the contract and the lease would be void. I assume there is some sort of Library that can run from a server or DB which adds to functionality to SWorks but as I am not familiar with the software first hand I cant say.
At this point we are planning to sit down once again with the owner and inform him of all our findings and give him the option of having them remove the software or go through the appropriate purchasing channels to aquire the proper license for Solidworks. The only other option is to void the contract we have with them and if that occurs the full balance is due immediately since the contrat is voided with cause and the server would be removed along with other systems that are leased. Which will ultimately cost them more than licensed SWorks.
I just didnt know if there was a way to disable it or not. If not then we will have to do what we planned.
No there is no clear method of disabling the software, other then just plain uninstalling it.
Kelvin gives you a good way to go if the company is uncooperative. If this company is viable then
they wouldn't even give placing pirated versions of any software on their equipment.
But if they do and it almost sounds as if they aren't viable, then you have to consider if they are even worth
doing business with. They could do the same thing to you in some manner.