Prepraring for Windows 11 Upgrade
Microsoft has announced the beginning of the automatic and free update roll-out for Windows 11,
starting October 5, 2021 to eligible Windows 10 PCs.
We have tested our software_DNA Windows Libraries while updating from Windows 10 to Windows 11, and
while running on Windows 11 (pre-release).
For Applications using Version 6.00 of the DNA Library
, no action is required, and software_DNA
is not impacted by the update.
For Applications using Version 5.02 or earlier
of the DNA Library, as with all Windows updates,
the update may impact the
<MachineID> anonymous hash used by
software_DNA when locking the License to the User’s computer. This will trigger a re-activation
of the User’s application protected by software_DNA the first time it is run following the
We do recommend that Applications be updated to use the Version 6.00 of the Windows DNA Library to
avoid this possible re-activation during a Windows update. See our Documentation on V6.00 for details.
Fortunately, a Re-activation is a straightforward and short process which only requires that the user
re-submit their License Activation Code, their Current License Code Password, and a
"New and Never Used Password" (for Single-User licenses with Roll-Over Re-activation).
To faciliate the process, the License Manager can be used if the User
has forgotten their
License Activation Code and/or their current License Code Password. In the License Manager,
the User can enter their email address (used during activation) and they will receive via email,
their License Activation Code and current License Code Password, or if they know their License
Activation Code, they can ask for the Password to be resent to them. You can also resend their
Password from the DNA Control Panel.
Recommendation for communication to End-Users:
- We recommend that you add an FAQ item on your web site to specifically address
a question on "Windows 10 and Windows 11 upgrades / updates"
- We recommend in this FAQ, that you instruct your users if they have forgotten the
License Code and/or Password, on how to access the License Manager to
recover their License Code and Password for the re-activation.
- We recommend that you enable the "License Manager - SU Access" option in your
Product Configuration to enable Single-User license owners to access the License Manager.
If you have any questions, please contact our Technical Support