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How to activate a PC Tools Performance product purchased from a retail store

Article Number: 518 | Last Updated: Fri, Jun 29, 2012 4:43 PM

Before you activate your Retail purchase of any PC Tools program, please make sure that you have not installed any other version of the same program, such as trial versions or full versions purchased online. If you have, please uninstall these versions before before proceeding.


In-program activation

  1. Uninstall all versions from your computer. i.e. From www.pctools.com website, promotional CD or other sources.
  2. Ensure that you are connected to the Internet.
  3. Install the program from the CD contained in the box.
  4. Windows may ask you permission to run the installation program. Please click Yes



  5. You must agree to the product license agreement before installing the software. Please review the agreement and when ready, check the "I agree" checkbox and click Next.



  6. This screen, you will enter in your "Activation Code". This code should be located on the sleeve of the CD. Also please enter in a valid name and email address.

    As for the install options, it is recommended to choose Easy Install.



  7. Your PC Tools product should  downloading and installing the necessary files on your PC. This may take some time so please be patient.



  8. Your installation is now complete and you can now start using your PC Tools product.




On-line activation

  1. Uninstall all versions from your computer. i.e. From www.pctools.com website, promotional CD or other sources.
  2. Store away the CD contained in the box, you do not need it for this activation process.
  3. Using your web browser, go to Register an Activation Code page.
  4. Enter your Name, E-mail address and Activation Code into their respective fields.

    NOTE: The details you enter here should be genuine personal details. If fake information is used it here, it may make locating your purchase at a later time impossible.
  5. Click Activate button.
  6. If your Activation Code is valid, the webpage will advise that the registration is successful, a set of License Name and License Code are generated, displayed and an e-mail is sent to the e-mail address entered at step 4. Keep this webpage open.
  7. Download the software that you have just activated and install it on your computer.
  8. Click on Register button. When prompted enter in the License Name and License Code as they are provided on the webpage / email you receive.
  9. Click on Register again. If the License Code is valid the program will register and you will have finished activating and registering your retail purchase.
  10. If you receive a message that the license code is invalid, double check the Name and License Code details you enter are the same as they were provided to you.


Still need help. Watch the support video on how to activate your PC Tools HERE.

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