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License Manager

The program allows you to control whether the number of installed copies of software does not exceed the number of owned licenses. Click "Main" -> "License Manager" to display the License Manager window.

Tab 1: Controlled Products (Add products, license orders, and valid license keys; Check license and installation counts)

You can configure the list of products for the license audit on the "Controlled Products" tab. The program automatically counts software installations, performs the audit, and displays the results here. Click the "Calculate" button to update the data. You can select a department or computer group for performing the license audit only inside the group using the "Filter" options.

By default, the program counts licenses for Windows and MS Office. It detects the product ID and serial numbers for these products. If you want to track licenses for other software, it is necessary to know where the license information is stored in the registry (you can configure this using the "Configure reading license keys from registry" link on the "Settings" tab).

Click Edit for listed products to edit the license counters, add the license purchasing information, and specify valid serial numbers for auditing and finding wrong pirated keys.

Click Edit for listed products to edit the license counters and enter valid serial numbers for auditing.

 

Tab 2: Purchased Licenses (Control validity of license keys)

On the "Purchased licenses" tab, you can control the state of license keys from purchased pools configured on the previous step. You can see whether unused keys are available or there are not enough keys and the license is violated. You can edit the number of available licenses in the product properties.

Important notice for Windows and MS Office products activated over the network (and for Office 2013) about Partial Keys:

The registry may not contain the full license key for a product. The program can read the Partial Key in this case (only last 5 symbols of the full license key). This is not a big problem because you can still check the key validity using these partial keys.

Some other license auditing software products can detect and display full license keys while our program displays only a partial key. Please carefully check these keys because they can be invalid. These programs can think that they decrypted the registry key successfully (using an old algorithm) but that registry data contained only the partial key information so the full license key decrypted and displayed on the screen is totally wrong. Avoid using license auditing software which does not support processing of Microsoft partial keys.

The program displays the key status: duplicated, used, not used, expired, or it used in other department, not in the target computer group it was purchased for (for example, Adobe Photoshop was installed in the security department instead of the designer office).

 

Tab 3: Found Issues (Find license violations, key expirations, etc.)

On the "Found issues" tab, the program displays the licensing violations found according to the License Manager settings. The "issues" arise when: 1) the license count is less than the installed product count, 2) a license key expires, 3) a product is used outside of the target department, 4) unknown (pirated?) license keys were found when the list of valid keys is configured, 5) one key was used more than once (duplicating key), and other licensing problems.

Tab 4: Settings (Configure finding license keys in the registry)

On the last "Settings" tab, you can configure settings telling the program how it should extract the license keys from the registry.

Enable the "Consider licenses stored in the registry for applications which are not displayed in the list of installed software" option if you think some product is used without a proper installation (when it is not displayed in the list of installed applications). We do not recommend keeping this parameter always enabled. The program can find more used licenses than they really are, or find old licenses for deleted products.

Click the "Configure getting data from registry" link to open the registry path configuration window where you can configure the license key retrieving (you can access this window using the program settings too). On this window, you can add registry paths where programs store their license keys in an unencrypted form (for example, AutoCad).

Unfortunately, many software vendors do not store their license keys in the registry as a plain text so it is impossible to configure our program for reading them. Some vendors store the license keys in files. Some encrypt the registry data using proprietary algorithms. Our program can only decrypt Microsoft keys and display the unencrypted information.