Your machine's default Computer ID is tied to unique hardware resources in your computer; the ID is typically derived from the computer's MAC address for desktop computers and from the computer's hard drive serial number for laptop computers. NI software will use the Computer ID available in NI License Manager for activation by default. However, there are instances where it is beneficial to generate a new Computer ID based on a different piece of your computer's hardware, like if you are including licensing when creating a computer image or if you have multiple computers with the same computer IDs.A new Computer ID can be generated based on either:
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