As Autodesk’s subscription model matures, over time the activation process has changed. In addition, there are some variations in the activation process, depending on how you have licensed your software. We’ll keep this post updated with the latest methods used to activate your software.
With multi-user licenses, almost no changes are required; all you need is a new license file. The license server will manage usage and compliance. Your Autodesk software should not require re-installation and previous versions should not be an issue.
You can review the following Autodesk Knowledgebase article for creating your license file:
Generate a Network License File in Autodesk Account
You can also contact your reseller to generate the license file, if you have unique requirements such as requesting earlier versions of your software.
SINGLE USER – Purchased from a Reseller:
For single user on 2017 and 2018 software, activating the software is a bit more involved. Please note the following steps carefully, and make sure to follow the sequence.
SINGLE USER – Purchased from the Autodesk eStore:
If purchasing from the eStore, at this time it is not required to enter your serial number. On the Let’s Get Started window, you will select Sign In.
Each seat of a subscription license includes two activations; one for office use, and another for outside the office. This can include laptops that are used for travel. The secondary installations function as single user.
For single-user, the individual simply activates the software that is installed on the home computer, or on the laptop. Follow the same instructions as above.
For multi-user, you request the Home Use via an automated system, available here: Autodesk AVA
If you want to generate a new Home Use license, enter New. If you want to extend an existing Home Use license, enter renew or extend.
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