Software Portability Question

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DJSTEVEZ

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There was a specific software package I wish to purchase...it will be a direct download. I will be using it in different locations (hopefully) and would like to pay for it only once. Would it work if I downloaded it to a USB flash drive and then just took it with me from machine to machine (using it only from my USB Drive? -Z-
 

Scott Hanna

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I could be wrong, but I believe that would be specific to the software. Some licenses only allow you to use it on one machine and register it online. If you are going to move it to another machine, you'd need to remove it and clear it with the company.

I'd also think most programs would need to be installed on the computer. And not installed on a flash drive. You can keep the exe file on the flash drive, but without an operating system on the flash drive, it would be tough for most programs to run properly.

But, I am not an expert by any means.

I would suggest contacting the company to see what their policy is.
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
It depends on the software used (including the OS)
If the software requires multiple registry entries you wont be able to run it from the USB with out 'installing' it first on each machine.. And even then their might be issues (some software does not like being placed on a removable drive)

as above, you can try and ask the manufacturer if their software can be used this way.. OR if a demo is available you can try it with the demo (and make sure it will work for you)
 

bill_smith

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Steve, I think your primary problem may come if the program requires you to register online. I ran into this problem with Photoshop on my wife's computer. We transferred the software by deleting it off her woefully underpowered laptop and reinstalling it on her new computer, but it would not let us do that until we had deleted it off the old PC.

Many programs use the internet connection to "complete" installation and register the computer...then if you try it again on a second machine, it bombs out. without knowing your software's identity, no one will be able to conjecture further without consulting the source about this.
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
Or you could ask the s/w manufacturer IF there is a multiple licensed version available (like Windows 8 OS). You only buy one copy of the software but with multiple licenses (one license per machine). I just did this with Windows 8 ..... I haven't installed it yet but have a license for each of five systems.
 

bill_smith

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Well that solves all of the problems.

http://www.dvdfab.com/faq/?type=installation_and_registeration

About 2/3 the way down, it states you can use on TWO puters, one license.

So install on both, and forget the flash drive. I think you'd have problems using a flash drive since the software has to be passcode registered and isn't a self contained critter like audiograbber, and updates registry table etc. .

But I think I resolved your issue, since you want to use it on at least two systems, which it states can be done.
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Well that solves all of the problems.

http://www.dvdfab.com/faq/?type=installation_and_registeration

About 2/3 the way down, it states you can use on TWO puters, one license.

So install on both, and forget the flash drive. I think you'd have problems using a flash drive since the software has to be passcode registered and isn't a self contained critter like audiograbber, and updates registry table etc. .

But I think I resolved your issue, since you want to use it on at least two systems, which it states can be done.

Bill thank you! Now I have some clients I will be too busy to meet with tonight. What time can you meet with them, LOL. Thanx again. -Z-
 
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