New build for Activation center (ACEN) has been released.

What's new:

[*] Dashboard: new menu and statistics panel.

Activation center: Dashboard


[*] Client interface: home page has been redesigned.

Activation center: Client interface: Home

[*] ACEN web service sample desktop application has been updated.

[*] Multiple other UI changes, optimizations and fixes.


No database changes are requires for this release.

General upgrading procedure is available here.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 14:27

Latest activation center updates.

We are glad to announce latest improvements to our internal activation center!

Amongst the new features latest version contains new dashboard menu, new account settings panels, improved notifications handling, auto send updates settings and separate settings panel for each order.

New! Newsletter and Subscription notifications are now separated.

This brings more flexibility when it comes to email notifications you can receive from us. Subscription notifications can be further customized for each order (see below).

New! Receive new builds automatically as soon as they are released.

Go to software updates settings and set your default auto send updates policy. These settings will be used as default software updates settings for your existing and future orders. Additionally, different software updates settings can be set up for each order in order settings.

Select Automatically receive new updates option and set valid recipient email address to enable auto send updates feature.

Select Update all orders option to update all of your existing orders with current software updates settings.

New! Customize settings for each order.

Select Hide order option to remove order from the list of your orders. Order will be permanently removed from the list of your orders. You will need to contact technical support if you want to reverse this action in the future.

Select Disable Subscription notifications option to turn off Subscription notifications for order. This option will be disabled and turned on by default if Subscription notifications are turned off in account settings.

Select Automatically receive new updates option and set valid recipient email address to enable auto send updates feature for order. You can use different software updates settings for each of your orders.

Monday, May 3, 2021 - 17:00

Activation center (ACEN) 05.00.40 is out!

New build for Activation center (ACEN) has been released.

What's new:

 Client interface updates.

- New activation panel for new license, license removal, license transfer and license removal.

- New orders and licenses grid controls.

- Licenses filter control added to licenses grid.

- Help page has been updated with above changes.

 Published option added to News. 

All existing news will be automatically marked as published. News article will now be displayed only in case published option is selected.

 New checkbox control design.

Multiple other optimizations and fixes.

Activation center: Client interface: Orders page
Activation center: Client interface: Help page


Activation center: Options: Client interface (Activation)

 License management options for client interface added.

Use these options to enable, disable and limit license management features for clients.

The following license management features are available:

- License reactivation
- License removal
- License transfer

Appropriate daily and monthly limits can be defined for each license management feature.

License reactivation and transfer limits are valid per license and license removal limit is valid per order.

License tracking for these limits is implemented in this release so all counters for limits will not include license management actions which were made by clients before this release.

These options are now located in Client interface options (Activation).

Existing flexible locking policy setting have been moved to activation options.

Old flexible locking options control has been removed from options page.


Upgrading notes:

If you are upgrading from previous (05.00.30) version be sure to run included database upgrade script (5.00.30-5.00.40.sql).

General upgrading procedure is available here.

New PC Guard Software Protection System update has been released. This update is highly recommended for all PC Guard users.

PC Guard Software Protection System

What's new:

[+] New sample projects:

- altpcgi_wpf_csharp

C# .NET Framework WPF application using alternate protection interface, custom activation dialog and license removal feature.

- altpcgi_netcore_csharp_sample

C# .NET Core (.NET 5) console application using alternate protection interface.

[+] New system settings options:

- "Enable project file statistics (PRJSTATS)" option (Default: ON)

Use this option to enable/disable saving of last open and save times to PRJSTATS section in project file each time project file is loaded or saved.

- "Default backup extension" option (Default: "_OLD")

Use this option to change default backup extension to custom value.

- ".NET Core warnings" option (Default: ON)

If enabled, warnings related to .NET Core and .NET 5 applications will be displayed during protection process.

- "C++ redistributables notification" option added. (Default: ON)

Select to enable notification about required C++ redistributable files for applications protected with ACEN web licensing feature.

[*] Improved detection of .NET Core / .NET 5 bootstrap applications.

[*] Detection of .NET Core / .NET 5 AnyCpu applications added.

Error message with suggestion that application should be compiled for x86 or x64 platform instead is displayed if .NET Core / .NET 5 AnyCpu application is detected.

[!] Fixed problem with different output filename extension check.

[!] Multiple other minor fixes and optimizations.

[>] Microsoft Visual C++ redistributable files which are required for ACEN web licensing are no longer included in distribution package.

Microsoft Visual C++ redistributable files (x86/x64) for Visual Studio 2019 can be downloaded from

New PC Guard Software Protection System update has been released. This update is highly recommended for all PC Guard users.

PC Guard Software Protection System

What's new:

[>] .NET 5 support notes.

Supported output type:

- Windows application
- Windows console application

Supported platforms:

- x86 (PC Guard for .NET)
- x64 (PC Guard for .NET64)

Supported target runtime:

- win-x86 (PC Guard for .NET)
- win-x64 (PC Guard for .NET64)


Protected x86 .NET 5 Windows applications can be run by bootstrap application (net5app.exe) only and can not be run with "dotnet net5app.dll". Bootstrap application can also be encrypted.

This is not mandatory for x64 .NET 5 applications. Protected module will work just fine if run from command line with "dotnet net5app.dll".

AnyCpu .NET 5 applications are not supported. Application should be compiled as x64 or x86 and then can be protected with PC Guard for .NET64 and PC Guard for .NET respectively.

[*] General settings: 'Fix OS version information' option extended.

It is now possible to target specific OS with this option:

Windows 95/NT (4.0)
Windows 98 (4.1)
Windows 2000 (5.0)
Windows XP (5.1)
Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008 (6.0)
Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 (6.1)
Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 (6.2)

[*] Output filename extension validation added.

Protection process will be canceled in case output filename is missing extension.

Warning message will be displayed in case output filename extension is different from original filename extension.

[#] PC Guard installer application now requires at least Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 and can not be installed on older operating systems.