RE: Finding your authorization number on the computer.

HI

That is actually a good question. JAWS provides information during the 
installation of an upgrade as to whether that serial number has the appropriate 
number of upgrades remaining on its SMA.  This information is both in the About 
JAWS dialog and in the registry. It likely is tied to the serial number and the 
20 digit code upon initial install, thus making the 20 digit code on the CD 
unnecessary for an upgrade.  When you update your SMA that info gets tied to 
your serial number in Freedom Scientific's databasse (presumably).  

Does that help?

Sue B 

_____ Original message _____
Subject:        RE: Finding your authorization number on the computer.
Author: "Delaunay Christophe" <christophe.delaunay@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date:           July 8, 2009 9:40:6  AM

Hi Sue,

You just wrote:

[SB]
>This discussion is really getting redundant.

[ChD]
Sorry about this but I still have a question.

Right after jaws 10 installation, I was invited to "Update my jaws
authorization" by clicking a button. Then jaws focussed on the
"Activate" button so I pressed <enter>.

I was then prompted to choose between several methods of activation. I
chose activation through the internet.

But, if this 20-digits code is not stored anywhere on the computer, why
could it be automatically displayed, just after I chose the activation
method?

Sure, I definitely did not need to enter it by hand.

Many thanks. Have a nice day. ChD
I'm going to try my hand at an explanation. Every copy of JAWS sold has
a Serial Number. That is the number you find on the JAWS packaging as
well as on the About JAWS dialog box. This number is not your 20 digit
authorization code. The serial number is connected to the Authorization
Code so that your software can be legally activated a given number of
times. The 20 digit Authorization Code appears in one and only one
place, on the Authorization CD that came with your copy of JAWS. This is
done as part of the copy protection of JAWS to prevent pirating of the
software. Only the person who has possession of the Authorization Code
on that CD can activate the copy of JAWS that is tied to that 20 digit
code. The verification of this is done through the Internet or over the
phone if you don't have Internet access when you are going through the
authorization process.  There is no place, and I do mean no place, that
this 20 digit code appears on the computer once the authorization
process is completed. This makes sense from the point of view of
protecting software from getting used by anyone at any time (software
piracy). When this discussion began on this list I took my 20 digit code
and searched for that string of characters in my Windows Registry (this
is a bit of a hacker mentality and not meant to encourage those
unfamiliar with it to play in their Windows Registry). I was not
surprised to find that it was not there since the verification of that
20 digit code takes place online and not through anything in the Windows
Registry. It is true that there are software programs that will reveal
the product keys to other software that is supposed to be protected from
multiple illegal copies of it getting passed around, but these just
serve to basically brake the software protection and allow for illegal
copies to float through cyberspace. Those programs were written by
people who want to find product keys so that they can illegally install
copies of software that they do not want to pay for. I'm not in any way
defending or criticizing the copy protection of JAWS, or any other
software, with the information here (although I do have opinions on this
that I'll keep to myself). I am just trying to explain how the 20 digit
code is part of the JAWS copy protection scheme that is used by Freedom
Scientific to assure that those who have not paid for JAWS do not have
easy access to it.

If anyone finds anything I've said here inaccurate or has farther
explanation, please let us all know.

Sue B.

Delaunay Christophe wrote:
> Hi Chris,
>
> It's wuite strange. I just received my authorization to upgrade from 
> jaws 7.0 to 10.0. Therefore, I installer jaws 10 and at end, I 
> launched the activation process.
>
> The 10-characters activation code was already displayed, so I only add

> to press <enter> and jaws was activated successfully after awhile.
>
> But now, when I recall the "About..." box, it displays my serial 
> number but I don't see this 10-characters code which was necessary to 
> activate my copy and which is printed on the back of my jaws disk
sleeve.
>
> Have a nice day. ChD
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
> Behalf Of ChB
> Sent: mercredi 8 juillet 2009 11:28
> To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: AW: Finding your authorization number on the computer.
>
> the authorisation key should be in the 'about' in jaws main window.
> Regards
> chrissy
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