How does the license security system work with Chief Architect and Home Designer products?
If you're using a Chief Architect or Home Designer product, your license is using Software Lock Security. This is a security system that uses an internet connection to verify the legitimacy of your license upon activation, including periodic validation every 2 weeks. This allows the license holder to install the program on whatever computers they wish and then run the program on a single computer at a time.
If you'd like to activate and use your license on a different computer, you must first deactivate the license from the currently active computer by following the steps in this article.
Click on the Make Available button, then click OK to deactivate the license so it can be used on another system.
The Software Lock security is the default security with Chief Architect X2, Home Designer 9.0, and newer products, and provides easy portability between multiple computers. An internet connection is required for all activation actions, including periodic validation.
In Chief Architect X5, Home Designer Pro 2014, and prior versions, an Emergency Transfer Password option existed, allowing you to deactivate an activated machine; such as in the case of a hard drive failure. This is a software security option that is no longer available or supported by Chief Architect. Should you find that you are prompted for an Emergency Transfer Password, you may contact our Customer Service team for upgrade options.
USB Hardware Lock security was discontinued starting with Chief Architect X10 and Home Designer 2019. Replacement USB Hardware locks for legacy products are not available. Should you find that you have a lost or damaged USB Hardware Lock, you may contact our Customer Service team for upgrade options.