I just installed my new Autodesk Inventor 2008 commercial version. As luck would have it, the install automatically picked up my old serial number from the student version of 2008 that I had just uninstalled. This is a great feature if you actually want the old version again. For me, not so good. So I started thinking .. How do I change the serial number in Autodesk Inventor 2008 without uninstalling the program. Well, it is really simple and here are the steps.
1. Inside of Inventor, go to Help -About.
Now you may notice that the serial number doesn't automatically update, so you have to go to the documentation for the operating system...yada, yada. Well, I did that work for you... here are the steps to getting the new serial number to show.. From http://support.microsoft.com/kb/225035/ "....
|Select the particular tool you want to run in administrative context (for example: Add/Remove Hardware).|
|Highlight the selected tool by using a single left-click on the icon.|
|Hold done the Shift key and right-click on the icon. You will notice the Run as... command the appears in the command list.|
|Select the Run as... command. You will be prompted with a dialog box titled, "Run program as other user".|
|Type the administrator account name and password in the appropriate fields. Note: the domain name can also be changed.|
After entering the credential for the administrator account, click OK and the program associated with the tool will start in the administrative context. "