This page refers to key-based licenses — a legacy license type used in TestComplete until version 15.48. This license type will no longer be available after September 2023. For information on the current, ID-based license type, see SmartBear ID-based Licenses.
What Hardware Changes May Require a License Renewal
The activation request that is made by the License Manager when activating TestComplete license, contains data that is specific to the License Manager PC: the motherboard ID and the master hard-drive serial number. This data is used to prevent activating TestComplete licenses on other computers.
If you change either the motherboard, or the master hard-drive on the License Manager PC, this situation is recognized as a hardware upgrade. You do not have to renew the license in this case.
If you change both the motherboard and master hard-drive on the License Manager PC, you will have to renew the license, since in this case it is impossible to distinguish the hardware upgrade from an attempt to activate the TestComplete license on another computer.
If you have a Floating User license, you will have to renew the license on the License Manager PC only. There is no need to renew TestComplete instances running on other workstations.
Renewing the License
All renewal operations are performed on the License Manager PC. For Node-Locked licenses this is the PC, on which TestComplete is installed. For Floating User licenses this is the PC, on which TestComplete license was activated (see About Licensing System).
Renewing the license includes the following steps:
Before upgrading hardware: deactivate your TestComplete license on the License Manager PC. For detailed information on how to do this, see Deactivating and Moving Licenses.
After deactivating the license, you will get a new license key.
Change the hardware.
Use the new license key to activate the TestComplete license as it is described in the Activating Licenses section.
Questions or Problems?
If you are unable, for some reason, to perform these steps, please contact SmartBear Support Team.
Deactivating and Moving Licenses