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Jared Smith
How to deactive FCP 7 on Macbook before selling
on Jan 29, 2016 at 3:40:57 am

So my mid 2010 macbook pro has started suffering from the dreaded logic board failure so I'm going to sell it on ebay as is
But I have FCP 7 on it and I just want to deactivate that on the computer (along with everything else) properly before selling... that way I can also sell the FCP program on ebay (if anyone will still buy it)
Seems like dropbox was somewhat hard to deactivate last time I sold a macbook too...
Any help is greatly appreciated
thanks
jared


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Nick Meyers
Re: How to deactive FCP 7 on Macbook before selling
on Jan 29, 2016 at 6:40:06 am

you really just need to delete the apps.
that would stop others from using them.

if you want to do a thorough job if it, digital rebellion make a FCP un-instaler, i think.


nick


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Misha Aranyshev
Re: How to deactive FCP 7 on Macbook before selling
on Jan 30, 2016 at 12:22:28 pm

If delete or uninstall the apps your license will still be there, so installing them again will give the new owner a working FCP install. Remove HD >Library >Application Support> ProApps >Final Cut Studio System ID instead and don't bother with uninstalling.


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Andrew Kimery
Re: How to deactive FCP 7 on Macbook before selling
on Feb 1, 2016 at 11:25:27 pm

Just to add to what's already been suggested, FCP 7 isn't 'activated' in the same way that DropBox is activated. Your Dropbox account knows what computers are 'attached' to it but FCP 7 is not as smart/connected. FCP 7 has no idea if the same serial number is being used by more than one person unless both users are on the same network and try to run FCP 7 at the same time.

I assume you are erasing the laptop's hard drive reinstalling the OS before you sell it? That's sufficient to make sure the buyer doesn't have access to your FCP 7 serial number. If you also have Avid Media Composer (w/o a dongle) on the laptop then that you will need to specifically deactivate from the laptop (or you'll have to call Avid and have them do it after the fact).


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Jared Smith
Re: How to deactive FCP 7 on Macbook before selling
on Feb 2, 2016 at 2:17:32 am

Thanks Andrew... that is exactly what the guy at Apple said today and I greatly appreciate it.
I have already done the time machine backup but I haven't wiped the computer yet cause my buyer backed out but I guess I will go ahead and do that and just put it on ebay.
thanks for the help gang
jared


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