Activation Tour

The activation process is easy and should only take a few moments from start to finish. Web access is required for activation and no personal information is sent. At the end of software installation you will automatically be prompted to complete the activation process provided the serial number you entered was valid. The following activation steps are modeled on the PaperPort product. Your software product dialog box headers may reflect a different product name but the steps and messages are exactly the same.

How to Activate your ScanSoft Product Automatically

The activation process is easy and should only take a few moments from start to finish. Web access is required for activation and no personal information is sent. At the end of the software installation or during the first launch of the software, you will automatically be prompted to complete the activation process provided the serial number you entered was valid. The following activation steps are modeled on the PaperPort product. Your software product dialog box headers may reflect a different product name but the steps and messages are exactly the same.

  1. The activation dialog box is displayed and prompts you with two options, "Activate Now" and "Activate Later".

    Activate now

    If the "Activate Later" button is selected, the product will prompt you to complete activation each subsequent time it is launched. The "Activate Later" button can only be selected to bypass the activation process 5 times before the product must be activated. If the product is not activated after this period of time, it will either operate in a reduced functionality mode or it will cease to operate completely until it is activated.

  2. Click on the "Activate Now" button and the "Activate Automatically", "Activate Manually" and "Cancel" (the same as "Activate Later") buttons are displayed.

    Activate automatically

    Clicking on the "Activate Automatically" button sends the Machine Fingerprint and Serial Number combination to the Activation Server over the internet. The Server then sends back an Activation Code and the product is activated (unlocked), without any further user interaction.

  3. Congratulations! Your Nuance product is now activated.

Note: If an incorrect Serial Number was entered during installation, a dialog will appear prompting you for a correct Serial Number.

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How to Activate your ScanSoft Product Manually

The "Activate Manually" button accomplishes the same task as the "Activate Automatically" button, however the user is required to manually enter the Machine Fingerprint and Serial Number into corresponding fields on the Nuance web site and then click on the "Generate Activation Key" button in order to create an activation (unlock) code. The Activation Server generates and displays an activation code. The activation code must then be manually entered into the product to complete the activation process and unlock the software.

Activate manually
  1. Click on the "Activate Manually" button to open the "Enter Key" dialog box.
  2. Click the embedded link in the dialog box to open the webpage to the Activation Server.
  3. After the Activation Server web page opens the Serial Number and Machine Fingerprint appear in the "Enter Key" dialog box in the corresponding fields on the webpage without any intervention required by the user.
  4. Click on the "Generate Activation Key" button.
  5. Enter the Activation Key into the "Activate Key" field on the bottom of the "Enter Key" dialog box. The user can copy and paste the key from the web page if desired.
  6. Click on the "OK" button to complete the activation process.
  7. Congratulations! Your Nuance product is now activated.

Note: If you supply an invalid serial number to the Activation Server, you will not receive your activation key. If this happens use the "Change Serial Number" button to re-enter your product serial number.

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How to Activate your ScanSoft Product without Internet Access

If you do not have Internet access your product must activate manually. In order to accomplish this, you will need a computer with internet access and follow these instructions.

  1. Click on the "Activate Manually" button to open the "Enter Key" dialog box on your computer.

    Activate automatically
  2. Copy the serial number, machine fingerprint and activation website url.

    Note: Steps 3 though 5 must be performed on a computer with Internet access.

  3. Open the webpage to the activation server on the computer with internet access.

  4. After the activation server web page opens enter the serial number and machine fingerprint provided on the "Enter Key" dialog box into the corresponding fields on the webpage.

    Product Activateion Screen
  5. Click on the "Generate Activation Key" button.

  6. Copy the activation key.

  7. Enter the Activation Key into the "Activate Key" field on the bottom of the "Enter Key" dialog box on your computer.

    Enter activation key
  8. Click on the "OK" button to complete the activation process.

  9. Congratulations! Your Nuance product is now activated.

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Online Activation

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