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Activating FotoWare Software using the Command Line in Windows


The FotoWare Application Activation Wizard has been superseded by the fwlicensetool for managing activations. Hence, we recommend referring to the article on fwlicensetool to learn how to obtain and use it to manage software activation from the command prompt.

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


Shows the activation dialog where you can enter a product key to activate. 

fwappactwiz -activate <product key>

Activates the software with the specified product key.

fwappactwiz -deactivate

Shows a dialog of activated product keys where you can tick off the ones you want to deactivate.

fwappactwiz -deactivate<product key> 

Deactivates the software with the specified product key.

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.