How do I create a license dongle?

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The Forensic Edition and Technician License of Emailchemy require you to install your license key on a USB thumb drive. The app will walk you through the process when you enter your license key, but here are some tips:

  • Use a name-brand USB drive. Kingston, SanDISK, Verbatim, and PNY all seem to work well. Bulk drives often do not have a unique serial number, so Emailchemy cannot use those. Also, lower quality bulk drives will likely fail faster.
  • Use a small USB drive. The license files use well under 1MB, but even the cheapest bulk drives are at least 8GB these days, so just use the smallest one you can find.
  • Don’t use this USB drive for anything else, to ensure your USB dongle lasts as long as possible.
  • Format the USB drive using the FAT32 format. It works on all 3 systems supported by Emailchemy: Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  • If you are having trouble creating the dongle on one computer, try creating it on another. Often you may need to use Emailchemy on a computer that is not connected to the Internet. You can create the dongle on another computer though. The nice thing about the license dongle is that you can use it anywhere once it is created without having to re-register or re-activate the software.

Steps to create the license dongle:

  1. Start Emailchemy. If you have an existing license dongle and you need to activate the new license, start Emailchemy without your dongle inserted.
  2. Enter the license key when prompted. If you are not prompted to enter a license key, select Register/Activate from the Help menu. The app will then walk you through the dongle creation process while doing the activation.
How do I create a license dongle?