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This page applies only to legacy, deprecated builds. It does not apply to current Manifold builds, for which additional activations are not necessary. Working with a current build? See the About Activation topic for a quick discussion about how activations grow back after use, so they can be used again and again.
Under some circumstances Manifold product licensees will receive free additional activations using the automated procedure described in this page. Licensees should read this page carefully to ensure they get full value from this opportunity now and in the future.
Manifold Viewer is a free product that does not require a serial number. No activation is required for Viewer.
To preserve the availability of free activations, the services in this page are provided with no technical support and no administrative or sales support of any kind. A fully-automated process guarantees the lowest price, ideally totally free, for all users. Any question regarding procurement, acquisition or use of additional activations or any request for assistance requires a standard technical support token. Assistance is limited to the current Manifold release only. Licensees contacting any manifold.net email address without a standard technical support token or for non-current releases may lose access to additional activations.
Manifold products are protected using a Serial Number and Activation Key system as described in the Licensing and Serial Numbers pages. For a summary of the activation process see the Activation Guide page.
A serial number allows installation on one machine, but there are up to five activations allowed to deal with tasks like replacing a failed device, upgrading to a new Windows edition or re-loading Windows or moving the installation to a new computer. If Manifold is installed on one computer as licensed, normally five activations are plenty to enable use of a Manifold license for many years even without utilizing occasional upgrades to newer products that may be offered.
However, some users will run licenses for extremely long spans of time, perhaps in the case of a runtime license embedded in a legacy application that runs well and will not be replaced. Other users may have exceptionally bad luck with computer hardware. To assist with such needs Manifold provides automatic free additional activations for all Manifold versions at the rate of one per year.
One year after issuance each Manifold serial number automatically gains the ability to get one more activation key (three more activation keys in 2021, to support at home work during the COVID-19 crisis), if fetched via the automated Activation dialog built into Manifold System or via the manual activation process as described in the