My dearest Autodesk,
After a clean reinstall of Windows I have reinstalled Autodesk Inventor 2008 Suite on my laptop and now I can not activate it any more (again) (for a change). I still had it running on my desktop and thought I would be able to export the license to my laptop as usual (especially since it is the same laptop as before the windows reinstall), but not so: on my laptop it now says the imported license is broken and needs to be reactivated. As a result I can not re-export it to my desktop any more either before I activate first on this machine. (Why ?!)
I have tried to activate by logging into my account, but my group id of yyy-xxxxxxxx for AI 2008 suite is not accepted.
On the other hand my group id of xxx-yyyyyyyy for AI 2009 suite is accepted and I could activate 2009 suite if I wanted which I don't; I have previously had bad experiences running AI 2009 and Solid Edge V20 on the same machine and I don't want to go through all that again. At that time I had asked for a downgrade to 2008, which was eventually given to me - after a delay of four days during which I could not work with the software - at least: I was sent an activation code by email. Apparently the actual downgrade has not been performed since my account shows that I am still registered to use AI 2009.
Now I have tried registering 2008 suite with the group id for 2009 suite by automatic activation, but that doesn't work.
I am afraid to generate the activation code for AI 2009 while logged into my account, because if it doesn't work for AI 2008, you are going to accuse me of activating 2009 and with that upgrade forfeiting my right to use 2008 suite, which is not what I want to do.
My only wish now is to activate AI 2008 suite and to be able to activate it at any time I need to, on my own machines, (and use the portable license utility etc.) nothing further. So I first ask you: Can I get an activation code please? And second: is it possible that you make this downgrade permanent and remove the group id of xxx-yyyyyyyy from my account, replacing it with the group id for 2008 suite, which is yyy-xxxxxxxx ?
Forever yours, (Oh no)
With all my love, (This. Sucks.)
Summary: after reinstalling Windows and my cad software on ONE of my machines, instead of TWO working installations of Autodesk Inventor, which I have legally paid for and should be able to use alternating by means of the Portable License Utility, thanks to Autodesks AMAZING (I truly think the word amazing is appropriate) licensing system, I now have NONE.
(Picking up a new license for UGS Solid Edge worked like a charm.)