Your Computer ID
is tied to unique hardware pieces from your computer, the Computer ID
of a desktop computer is typically obtained from the computer's MAC address
and the Computer ID
of a laptop is commonly obtained from the hard drive's disk volume serial number
NI Product Activation will use the Computer ID by default. However, there are cases where it is useful to generate a new Computer ID based on a different piece of your computer's hardware. For example, if you are including licensing when creating a computer image
, if you have multiple computers with the same computer IDs, or when using a Mac Bootcamp partition
A new Computer ID can be generated based on either:
- The Ethernet card's MAC address.
- The hard drive’s disk volume serial number.
Generating a new Computer ID for activation is handled on a case-by-case basis and must be requested through NI
. To inquire about eligibility, contact NI Support
with your organization name, your serial number, the product(s) to activate, and their version(s).
Follow the steps below to obtain your MAC Address or disk volume serial number for activation and the best way to contact NI Support
to create a new computer ID. If instead, you are looking for steps to find your current computer ID, visit Finding Unique NI Computer ID for Activation and Licensing
: This activation method will not work if you specify a disk volume serial number or MAC address associated with hardware from a different computer. Your Computer ID cannot be changed arbitrarily because it is tied to one of the unique hardware resources in your computer.