Vcds Lite Activator


VCDS-Lite Activation Instructions

Dongle Interface users:

VCDS-Lite is NOT intended for use with any of our current interfaces. If you're using a Dongle Interface (such as a KEY-, KII-, HEX-, or MICRO- series) you should download and install the current version of VCDS which will read the license from your Dongle-interface.

"Dumb" Interface users:

When you first download and install VCDS-Lite, it will be in "Shareware" mode. It will access all the control modules in your car and perform a number of useful functions, but some functionality is blocked until the software is registered and activated.

VCDS-Lite generates a unique software Serial Number on each computer where it is installed. In order to to Activate VCDS-Lite, you must provide the Serial Number that VCDS-Lite shows on the computer on which you intend to use it!. You will find the serial number on the "About" screen of the program.

Before requesting an Activation:

Please test VCDS-Lite to make sure it communicates properly with all the systems in your car. You can do quite a bit without activating the program! VCDS-Lite registrations are not refundable. If you are not sure if it's working properly, ask us!

All Activation requests must be made via the appropriate registration form.

Requests sent by e-mail or fax will not be processed.

We try to process all activation requests as quickly as possible. Please do not call right after submitting your request asking to have it expedited. This will not help. Remember: "Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency for us!"

Since Activations are in the form of a small file which must be saved on your PC, it is impossible to provide them via the telephone.


Please use Copy and Pastewith all serial numbers and activation codes to avoid typographical errors! If you can't access the Internet from your laptop, copy and paste the serial number into a text file using the Notepad program on your laptop. Save the file to a floppy disk, CD, or USB Memory Key and take it to a computer from which you will be filling out our registration form, and copy from the Notepad file into the Form. Reverse this process when you receive your Activation Code.

Finding and Copying your Serial Number:

Go to the About screen of VCDS-Lite, where you will find the Serial Number. Highlight the Serial Number by double-clicking it with your mouse (or hold down the left mouse button while you drag the pointer over the entire Serial Number. Next, right-click the highlighted area and select Copy. This will copy your Serial Number into Windows Clipboard, so you can paste it somewhere else.

If you do not see a Serial Number, but instead see a message that says:

... then you need to TEST VCDS-Lite as described in our FAQ.

Submitting your Serial Number:

If you have not purchased a license yet, go to our appropriate registration formand and find the field for "VCDS-Lite Serial Number:" Right-click on the white area and select Paste to paste the Serial Number into the appropriate area. Fill out the remainder of the form and submit it.

Important: Do NOT De-Activate any old versions of VAG-COM AFTER you have submitted an Activation request. That will change your current Serial Number and will totally foul up the Activation process.

You should receive your Activation File via email by the end of the next business day after submitting the form. "End of day" can be late in the evening sometimes. If you have not heard from us by the second business day after submitting your request, please follow up with an e-mail [email protected] or give us a call.

Saving the Activation File

Once you receive the email with Activation File, make sure that the Serial Number in the email still matches the Serial Number as shown on the About Screen in VCDS-Lite. Use your email program to save the attachment as shown in the examples below. If your email program does not display the file as an attachment (may happen with Hotmail accounts), reply to the email and ask for further instructions.

Save the attached Activation file to your C:\Ross-Tech\VCDS-Lite folder as shown below:
(Make sure the "Save as type:" field at the bottom shows "All Files (*.*)"

(Consult the documentation for your specific email program for assistance with saving attachments)

Verifying the Activation

When you return to the About screen, the "License Status" should read "Fully Registered/Activated" like this:

If VCDS-Lite remains as Unregistered/Shareware, you should check the first field of your Serial Number against the name of the VCA file. In the above example, the first field of the Serial Number is 8523f336 and the name of the VCM file is 8523f336.vcm . If they don't match, your serial number has changed and you will need to resubmit your request.

Additional Note:

Sending us an invalid Serial Number can be very frustrating for everyone involved. Please use Copy and Paste. :-) If you do not know how to copy and paste, please see our Handy Tutorial!

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