How to Enter Key Codes

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With more and more products being legally downloaded online, many applications come with key codes. When you purchase a product, online or offline, in order to get the full functionality you will have to enter a unique key code when you start it up. This one-time process helps ensure that you purchased the software legally and ties it to that computer, so you cannot also install it elsewhere. The procedure for entering key codes varies little across products.

  • Write down your key code. Be sure to include any dashes, spaces, or capitalization. If you purchased or downloaded the product online, it will have been emailed to you by the company. If you bought the produce in the store, it will be located on the packaging somewhere, often printed on the CD case.

  • Start the software. If the company wants you to register it, they will almost always pop up a box immediately prompting you to enter you code. This is true whether you are using a free demo of a paid product or a free product that wants you to register the product for support and marketing purchases. Failing that, look for a "Register" or "Purchase" link under "Tools" or "Help." The company wants you to register, so they will make it easy to find.

  • Note the setup of the key code boxes. Some will include only long box, others will include multiple short boxes.

  • Enter the code exactly as written down. If it is one box, include dashes, unless otherwise instructed. If it is multiple short boxes, include one block of letters/numbers in each boxes and omit the dashes.

  • Hit "Ok" or "Register." Note that you will need to be connected to the Internet in most cases so the product can check your code.

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