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How to transfer a license from Soft-eLicenser to USB-eLicenser

Many Steinberg programs store their license in the so called Soft-eLicenser, a virtual license container on the hard disk.
Transferring the license from the Soft-eLicenser to an USB-eLicenser (copy protection device) offers various advantages:

  • With your license on an USB-eLicenser you can install and use your Steinberg program on as many computers as you like. To authorise the installation you want to use just connect the USB-eLicenser.
  • Programs that are using the Soft-eLicenser can only be activated on computers with internet access. An USB-eLicenser enables activation of your Steinberg software on computers that are not connected to the internet. 
  • Licenses stored on the hard disk need to be reactivated online after reinstalling the operating system or switching to another computer. Using an USB-eLicenser makes online reactivation redundant.. 
  • Furthermore, the license transfer to USB-eLicenser is a necessary condition to be able to upgrade to a higher program version that requires an USB-eLicenser. 

USB-eLicensers are available from any Steinberg dealer and, of course, at our online shop.

Important: A license transfer into the opposite direction - from USB-eLicenser to Soft-eLicenser - is not possible. As soon as a license has been transferred to an USB-eLicenser, there is no way back onto the hard disk. That means the USB-eLicenser holding the transferred license has to be connected when running the corresponding program. 

This is how it works: 

  • Install the latest eLicenser Control Center on the computer on which you've already activated your Steinberg program: 
  • Open the eLicenser Control Center. On Windows computers you'll find it under Programs > eLicenser in the Start menu. On Macs in the "Applications" folder. 
  • Connect the USB-eLicenser. On Windows wait until the driver installation has finished. 
  • The eLicenser Control Center will now show you both Soft-eLicenser (hard disk symbol) and USB-eLicenser.
  • Click on the Soft-eLicenser to select it. 
  • In the list to the right, click on the Soft-eLicenser license you wish to transfer to grab it and drag it to the entry of the other USB-eLicenser license while holding down the mouse button.
  • As soon as you release the mouse button the license will be transferred. 


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