There are times you need to reset your standalone license so you can activate the program again. As a matter of fact, it is mandatory when it comes to the Autodesk Home Use license as they're only good for about 12-13 months.
Autodesk has a KB article on how to do it.
However, some people are unable to see the ProgramData or the .DATA files to rename/delete! The files are in folders that are, by default, automatically hidden by Windows.
To view and rename the files in Windows 8.1
Open “File Explorer” (I love that Microsoft renamed this from "Windows Explorer" back to "File Explorer"!)
Notice the ProgramData folder is not shown.
Click the View tab and look what we have here!
Check the boxes for “File name extensions” and “Hidden items”. Once you check a box it hides the View tab so you’ll have to select it again. Quite annoying.
Ah HA! There’s the ProgramData folder!
Now drill down.
Double click ProgramData
And voila! Here are those files we need to rename. You can delete, however I like having a backup just in case something goes wrong.
I typically put a 111.- in front of the name like so…You should only have to do the .data and the _backup.001 files but I prefer to rename them all.
Now go run the program and it should prompt you to activate.
EVERY Stand-alone Autodesk program now needs to be re-activated.
Note: if you are using an older version, then you will have to contact Autodesk to get it activated. To contact Autodesk for activation, please see our blog at:
To view and rename the files in Windows 7.
It is very similar to Win 8.1, however we are provided with a dialog box
- Run Windows Explorer
- Click Organize>Folder and Search Options from the dropdown menu
- Select the View tab
- Select "Show hidden files, folder, and drives" under "Hidden files and folders"
- Uncheck the following:
- o "Hide extensions for known file types"
- o "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)"
Note: there could be files that belong to other programs in there too. For example, on my old machine there are files for Adobe product, do not rename these. Ensure the name starts with adsk.
That should get you past this problem as by renaming these files it will reset the activation of ALL Autodesk programs on the machine.