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Manually Activating Keyman Desktop

If your computer has limited or no internet access, you can manually activate Keyman Desktop, after purchasing a licence.

  1. Open Keyman Desktop and select Enter Licence Code, either from the Keyman Splash Screen or the Keyman Configuration menu.
  2. Enter your licence and click the Manual Activation hyperlink.

    The following window will be displayed:

  3. Choose between the three options for saving your activation request:

    To Clipboard

    This option is useful when your computer has enough internet access to send email. When this option is selected, your activation request data is sent to your Windows clipboard. You will need to paste it into an email before you can send it (see step 2). Note: the activation request data will only remain in your clipboard until another item is copied over it.

    To Removable Disk

    This option is useful when your computer has no internet access and you have a removable disk. Your activation response data will be saved to your removable disk. It can then be transferred to a computer with internet access.

    When this option is selected, you may be prompted to choose your removable disk from a list of drives. A .KER (Keyman Activation Request) file will be saved to your removable disk along with the Keyman Activation Utility. The Keyman Activation Utility can process the .KER file through the Tavultesoft servers from a computer with internet access.

    To File

    This option is useful when your computer has no internet access but is part of a network where some computers do have internet access. You can save your activation response data to your local or network drive. It can then be retrieved from a networked computer with internet access.

    When this option is selected, the Save Activation Response to Disk dialog box is displayed. Select a location, enter a file name and click Save. A .KER (Keyman Activation Request) file will be saved in the selected location.

  4. Transmit your activation request to Tavultesoft. This will depend on how your activation request has been saved.

    • If your activation request has been saved to the clipboard or to a file: From a computer with email access, send an email to . The activation request data MUST be in the body of the email or attached as a .KER file.
    • If your activation request has been saved to a removable disk: From a computer with internet access, run the Keyman Activation Utility (tsactivate.exe) located on your removable disk. This program will process your activation request through the Tavultesoft servers. It will then generate a .KES response file for you to transfer back to your original computer (see step 3).
  5. After your activation request is processed by Tavultesoft, you will receive an activation response. Choose between the options below for loading your activation response from your original computer. Once you have loaded your activation response, your licence of Keyman Desktop will be activated.

    From Clipboard

    If you have received an activation response via email, you can activate Keyman Desktop by copying the activation response data to the Windows clipboard and then loading it from the clipboard to the Manual Activation window.

    From Removable Disk

    If you used the Removable Disk method in step 1 and used the Keyman Activation Utility to process the activation request, you can load the activation response directly from the removable disk using this method. When this option is selected a list of drives is displayed. Select the removable disk drive and click OK.

    From File

    If you have received an activation response as a .KES (Keyman Activation Response) file, you can activate Keyman Desktop using this method. Browse to the .KES file you have received, select it and click Open.

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