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VC2 Studio will not activate

Aug 12, 2012 5:41 PM

To Whom it may concern.


I have followed all instructions and updated my VC2 studio with the provided update at adobe. I then proceeded to run the activate exe provided by adobe.


The software is not activating. I have seen others here speak of these issues and there has been no assistance.


How do I activate my software? I paid good money for this back before serious magic was aquired by adobe. I need it to work please.


Please advise.


Richard Wing


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    Aug 14, 2012 4:16 PM   in reply to richardwing

    HI there


    Have you contacted Adobe Support? Posting here isn't the same. Posting here is asking your fellow users for help. Contacting Adobe Support is what I'd recommend.


    Sometimes Adobe makes me angry and sad. Visual Communicator was an awesome product and they purchased Serious Magic and left VC to die and rot.


    Cheers... Rick

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    Aug 24, 2012 1:36 PM   in reply to richardwing

    Hello Richard,


    I'm not sure if you are aware of this or not, but several years back (I'm not positive on the date), Adobe released this program that will let you "Self" register the software you own. The Registration servers are no longer online since they bought Serious Magic.


    If you go here ---> =3956 or here on.html    you can download this nice utility which by the way, was promised by Serious Magic to eventually happen if they ever decided to stop supporting this product. This will allow you to register your VC2 studio program.


    Sorry Richard, I apparently did not read your entire message properly! 


    I would run something called Revo Uninstaller (The trial version) This program does a great job of finding left over files etc left behind from a program. Then uninstall the software and then  run ccleaner to clean up any junk files left behind.

    Defrag your system before reinstalling would not hurt as well. But as Rick suggested, if none of this works Calling Tech support would be your best option unfortunately.



    Good Luck!


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    Aug 24, 2012 9:15 PM   in reply to richardwing

    Hi Richard,


    I found this thread about another user having an activation issue with that Adobe Serious Magic Tool, and a tech by the name of Mark Mapes indicated this person should message him at  Here is the original thread I was referring to.




    Hopefully this will get you some assistance or at least get you pointed to someone who "may" be able to assist you.


    My other suggestion which would take longer is to perform this:


    Use that Revo Uninstaller to watch an install of VC2 on another computer. Then the program can tell you what files were updated. I have used another program called the Uninstall Tool by crystalIDEA. You may then be able to find out what registry locations may be the issue.


    Sorry, I could not be more helpful. Good luck and let us know if you get this resolved.


    I forgot to mention, it has been said that if you Right-Click and select Run As Administrator, this tool should work?


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