How Activation Works

The software creates a unique "machine fingerprint" based upon your system hardware and operating system.

The unique machine fingerprint and serial number combination are passed over the internet to the Nuance activation server, either through automatic or manual activation.

The activation server tracks the number of fingerprints per serial number. If the number of fingerprints for each serial number has not been exceeded, the server sends back an activation code to unlock the software.

Each product's End User License Agreement indicates the number of systems or users that can legally use the software.

  • If a computer's hardware or operating systems are changed, a new machine fingerprint may be created, one more activation will be consumed and the remaining number of activations will decrease.
  • Uninstalling the software from your system will notify the activation server and will remove the corresponding fingerprint and serial number combination from the server, freeing up an activation and increasing the remaining number of activations.

Online Activation

Online activation is a quick, one-time process. Activation occurs right after you enter your product serial number and machine fingerprint. More