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License File Locations

Default license file locations were changed on 1st December 2010 to simplify some aspects regarding security settings in Windows 7. The locations used previously will still be recognised as valid for backward-compatibility, therefore existing installations will not require modification when installing a software update. The new locations were introduced in the following software versions:

Product Version
Genstat 13.3
Genstat Discovery  

Default file locations

The software tries to install the key to the first location (Application Data). If that fails it will try the alternative location (User Application Data). Manual installation can be to either, but the first is preferred as it allows the software to be used by any user logged in to the computer. The alternative location is within the user’s personal file space and may not be accessible by other users, depending on the version of Windows, security settings and access rights.

Windows version Application Data1 User Application Data2
Windows 2000 C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VSNi\genstat.lic C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Local Settings\Application Data\VSNi\genstat.lic
Windows XP As above >As above
Windows Vista C:\Program Data\VSNi\genstat.lic C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\VSNi\genstat.lic
Windows 7 As above  As above

1 License accessible by all users

2 License accessible by specified user only

Old default locations

For reference, we include details of the old license file locations. These were used prior to the dates and software versions specified above. These locations are still valid in new versions of the software but new licenses are no longer automatically installed there.

  1. C:\Program Files\Common Files\VSN International\Licenses\genstat.lic
  2. C:\Program Files (x86\Common Files\VSN International\Licenses\genstat.lic

Note that the standard Windows folders Program Files and Common Files may have different names according to your language settings. The VSN International and Licenses folders may have been created during installation, but if not you can create them yourself.

Updated on April 30, 2019

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