The following applies to V7 and V8.
V8.0 is robust against deactivation, however it may not initially be activated immediately after upgrading from a previous version.
With thank to Jaap Kees, for sharing this solution.
If any user experiences the issue where their installed version of DesignSpark PCB requests that it needs to be activated or it is found to be 'in-activated' or 'Save' is greyed out please proceed as follows.
Select 'No' or close the window and continue with the following steps.
(NOTE: if you select 'Yes' in error, you will be taken to a web page that traps an unavailable obsolete registration process).
Required activation steps:
From the DesignSpark PCB menu bar go to Help-->About DesignSpark PCB
and click the "Update Registration" button.
A window will open to login with your Username and Password which will take you to the registration form.
All fields should be completed except for the "RS Sold-to Number or Allied ID", ensure an entry in the "Job Title/Profession" is selected.
You may optionally update any missing fields or current entries, ensure the "terms and conditions" box is ticked and click the "REGISTER" button at the bottom right of the form.
This step will activate your DesignSpark PCB installation.
1. The "Register" button will be inactive if the program is currently activated.
2. DesignSpark PCB V7 cannot be activated manually with an activation code.
These details are not required as part of this process.
3. We have investigated the cause of this issue and V8.0 includes an improved feature which should prevent future deactivations by the OS.
Message "Exceeded the maximum number of activations"
Should you reach your account activation limit, then until our new DesignSpark account registration page is live the only route to activations is to register a new User name with a new Email Address. You do not need to request your old account is deleted.
As stated, V8.n has improved registration checking and is not prone to the above reactivation issue once activated.
Website states DesignSpark PCB is activated.
This purely indicates that you have in the past completed the registration and activation of the program. It does not indicate the local situation as to whether the program detects it is activated.
DesignSpark PCB Status Important details for V8.0.