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  1. [Updated this entry, DEC 2018] Apparently activating licenses has become a bit difficult for some people. This is an attempt to describe the necessary steps, depending on the different user cases. 1. General Assuming that you DID receive your license after placing your order (you did not? Read this) you now have your ticket URL. We're working on refining the text in those ticket emails, until then this clarification: The ticket email text states that you MUST HAVE your CodeMeter USB stick plugged in (which was true up until 2013). None of our time-based licenses however actually require a (physical) CM stick anymore (a virtual CM device is created on installation of Steel Beasts). The ticket email also says that you must have Java and ActiveX enabled, with isn't a very precise wording, undfortunately. In short, most browsers today need neither, and MS Edge doesn't work at all. See the "Browser" section below for details. You may now experience one of several obstacles (or none, as is still the case for the majority of all users): a) You activated the license but you still get an error message when trying to start Steel Beasts Chances are, the firmware of your CodeMeter stick is outdated. Start the CodeMeter Control Center, look for the button with the circular arrow on the right side of the window (somewhere in the middle), click it, and follow the on-screen instructions. CodeMeter sticks with serial number 1-xxxxxxx should in the end have a firmware version 1.18 (as of the time of this writing), newer CM sticks with serial number 2-xxxxxxx should have firmware 2.04. b) You want to activate a single license, but there is no immediately apparent way to do so Chances are, you're using MS Edge, or the security settings of your browser prevent it. See below for details. c) You want to activate multiple licenses and get an error message about an "unsatisfied constraint" Chances are, you have ordered both a secondary license and an upgrade license. The upgrade license must be applied first - remove the checkmark from the "SECONDARY" entry, activate the "UPGRADE", then activate the remaining license. d) You want to activate a single upgrade license and get an error message about an "unsatisfied constraint" with error code 0x18080003 You probably have a first generation CodeMeter stick from a purchase made in 2006 or 2007. Please contact Sales (at) eSimGames.com for remedy. e) A combination of the above You'll have to work yourself through the individual issues one after another. If in doubt, start with the firmware upgrade. f) Windows 10 Download and install the CodeMeter runtime 6.70 (you may need to select it from a menu there). Runtime 5.22 didn't work under Windows 10 (for "reasons"), that was fixed years ago (as of NOV 2018) with later updates. 2. Browser a) Choice For whatever reason, MS Edge does not support any of the needed technologies (see below); therefore I can but recommend to avoid it while trying to activate your license. The same goes for Lynx, but anyone familiar with Lynx would rightfully point out that it's part of the concept, and not an omission on the developers' side. b) Security At the moment the direct activation of licenses requires Websocket connections (pretty much any modern browser), or ActiveX (MS Internet Explorer), or Java (the fallback line; note that JavaScript is something else entirely, and whoever chose the name is probably the most successful troll of the last 50 years). Since CodeMeter runtime version 5.10a this is no longer necessary (provided, again, that you have an up to date web browser (except Edge) that supports websocket connections). That said, here's some general browser configuration advice (for license activations): If you're an experienced web browser user you could try and adjust your security settings to allow the execution of both JavaScript and Java You might try the Internet Explorer, and be it just for ticket activations. In the Extras menu | Internet Options entry | Security tab you could add the WebDepot to the list of "trusted sites". Assuming that the trusted sites have less strict security settings, visiting the ticket page should now either work without much further ado, or you would get a rather inconspicuous whitish-yellow pop-up bar at the top or bottom of the window asking you for permission to open the active content of the page. Confirm this if you trust us (...and you pretty much have to, given that you installed our software already, and used your credit card in our web store). If you can't follow the suggested solutions above, you will need to use the Offline Activation (see below) 3. Offline Activation This is the last option and a surefire method as long as you may upload and download files with your browser. Even old Netscape browsers should be able to do that (those with the blue wooden steering wheel icon that looked dated already in the 1990s). It's a reliable method, but less convenient than the direct license transfer. The offline activation method must be prepared. Start the CodeMeter Control Center. At the bottom of the window, half-left, there is a single button for a wizard program to handle license updates. You want to create a license request - so just follow through the wizard until you have a file named xxxxxxx.WibuCmRaC; save it to your desktop or a place that you can remember. Then visit the web depot page. In the lower right corner of the window is a button for the "Offline Activation". Click it. You'll get prompted for the location of the *RaC file that you created before (see above). By uploading it you start the activation process. You will get prompted to save a new file xxxxxxx.WibuCmRaU - save it to your desktop (or some other place of your liking, as long as you know where to find it). Saving this file is important! It will transfer the license information into the virtual CodeMeter stick; without it you can't start SB Pro PE. Once that the file is stored you just need to double-click it and confirm that you, indeed, want to transfer the license. Done. If you want, you can use the wizard program of the CodeMeter Control Center again (this time, select that you want to apply a license update). It's more cumbersome than a simple double-click ... but hey, some people like wizards. That should be it, really. If you still encounter trouble it's best to contact me by email. In that case you can speed up the process by including the CmDustResult.log file. (In the Start Menu | CodeMeter | Tools program folder is a tool named "CmDUST" run it. It will open a Windows Explorer window at the end containing the log file. Attach it to your email to me, please).
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