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Activating FotoWare Software using the Command Line in Windows

About the FotoWare activation utility

All FotoWare software that is installed comes with a utility that lets you activate and deactivate the software, to repair an activation and to dump activation information to a text file. This executable file, fwappactwiz.exe (or FotoWare Application Activation Wizard), is located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\FotoWare\Application Wizard 1.0. This file can also be run on each single workstation or server where FotoWare software is installed by choosing Run on the Start menu and specifying additional parameters as outlined below.

When rolling out a number of FotoStation Clients in a network environment it will often be useful to automate the activation of the license on each computer using a logon script. This can be done by creating a logon script that runs on every computer where FotoStation has been installed.

The FotoStation installation can of course also be automated using e.g. Active Directory deployment, in which case activation is automated in the installation routine by setting activation parameters directly in the .msi file.

For information about creating a logon script, please consult the Windows documentation.

Command-line parameters

fwappactwiz -activate <product key>

Activates the software with the specified product key. When used without a product key the activation wizard will appear and let the user type or paste it in manually.

fwappactwiz -deactivate <product key>

Deactivates the software with the specified product key. Used without a product key, a dialog will list all activated FotoWare products on the machine and let the user specify which ones to deactivate.

fwappactwiz -repair <product key>

Used to repair a damaged, activated license. This may become necessary if hardware has been added to or removed from the computer. To learn more about repairing a broken license, click here.

"Silent" activation

To suppress the receipt message saying that the activation was successful, a -silent argument can be added to the activation string, like this:

fwappactwiz -activate <product key> -silent

Defining proxy settings

In environments where a proxy server is used for outgoing internet access, you will have to define the proxy setting as well. The proxy server is defined using an environment variable using the SET command.The two commands in the example below will set the proxy server and run the activation.

set FW_ACTIVATION_PROXY=user:pwd@host:port
fwappactwiz -activate <product key>

Additional command-line parameters for fwappactwiz.exe

fwappactwiz -list

Lists all currently activated products on the machine.

fwappactwiz -dump all

Allows the user to store a text file with information about the activated features on the machine. This is typically something FotoWare support may request when troubleshooting activation issues.