Keywords: Host ID, HostID, activation, activate, volume number, settings.ini, docking station, device ID
- If your ChemDraw software is activated, open it and Deactivate the license to be reused with the new host ID (Help > Activate ChemDraw > Deactivate button). Then close ChemDraw.
- Determine the volume number of your hard drive:
Type "cmd" on your search bar and click the Command Prompt option.
Go to your C drive by typing C: and hit enter.
Type VOL and hit enter to view your volume number.
Use only the numbers and letters of the volume number. Remove the "-" in the middle.
- With full admin privileges, edit the local settings.ini file at the following location: (It is recommended to run Notepad by Right-click > Run as admin, Then browse to the location of the INI file. You need to select "show all files").
Change the 1st line to HostID=XXXXXXXXX (insert the volume serial number of your C drive without the hyphen) and save it. Again, the settings file should be saved with Admin privileges.
- Run ChemDraw (right-click and Run as Admin) and activate again.