Forgot to Deactivate Serial Keys

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by aery, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. aery macrumors member

    aery

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    I forgot to deactivate my serial keys on various Mac Apps (the ones not through the App store) before deletion. If I want to use them on another computer am I gonna have issues? Also, if someone else was to use those same apps on my current computer after it's been wiped, will they be able to use my keys or will it ask them for a new one?
     
  2. s0nicpr0s macrumors regular

    s0nicpr0s

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    It's hard to say exactly whether or not you'll encounter any issues as it depends on the developers of the programs you were using. I've personally never run into an issue where an application won't register or work because it was installed on a single other computer, but if they had written the activation to be that aggressive, you may need to contact them about registering the new machine.

    If the computer has been wiped back to factory settings, then other users would need to enter a new key. On the other hand, if it was just your user profile that was deleted, your key may still activate an instance of the program.
     
  3. aery thread starter macrumors member

    aery

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    Thank you for answering both of my questions! Very helpful response :) To be honest I don't use most of the apps anyway so there are only a few I plan to install on my new Mac once I get it (I kinda went overboard with apps in the past, buying bundles like crazy :p). Hopefully there won't be any issues. Thanks again! :D
     
  4. s0nicpr0s macrumors regular

    s0nicpr0s

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    No problems. Enjoy your new mac (I'm looking forward to getting a new one eventually too =D)
     

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