Upgrade an Existing License

Enterprise Architect comes in six editions: Desktop, Professional, Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate. If you are using a less powerful edition, such as Professional or Desktop, you can upgrade your license at a future date. You can do this by purchasing an upgrade key from Sparx Systems (see the Sparx Systems website for purchase details).

An upgrade key is a special key that upgrades an existing license to a higher edition. Once you have purchased and received the appropriate key, use the following procedures to unlock additional features. The procedure for Enterprise Architect version 7.0 and later releases differs from the procedure for earlier releases.

Notes:

  • The Lite version and the Trial version cannot be registered or upgraded. If you have purchased Enterprise Architect, you must download the registered version from www.sparxsystems.com/securedownloads/easetupfull.exe before you can enter your registration key.
  • This topic is mainly relevant to users with private keys. If you are an end-user with a shared key, you would simply be allocated the relevant key next time you requested one.  If, however, you need to upgrade while using a shared key on a long lease, you would simply click on the Release Key button and then the Add Key button.

Tip:

Once you have successfully completed an upgrade with a Private key, select the Help | About EA menu option. Copy the registration key shown and store it somewhere safe; this is a key to the full license of the edition you have upgraded to. If you ever have to reinstall Enterprise Architect, you can register it with this key, so you won't have to go through the upgrade process again.

Upgrade Enterprise Architect Version 6.5 and Earlier

To upgrade from one license edition to another, follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure you have a valid upgrade key purchased from Sparx Systems; you typically receive this in an email or PDF format.
  2. Open Enterprise Architect.
  3. Select the Help | Register and Manage License Key(s) menu option. The License Management dialog displays
     
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  4. Click on the Add Key button or the Upgrade button to enter a new license key.
  5. If you selected the Add key option, the Add Registration Key dialog displays. Enter the key you received for the upgraded edition of Enterprise Architect, including the { and } bracket characters (use copy and paste from an email to avoid typing mistakes).
  6. If you selected the Upgrade option, the Upgrade Key dialog displays. Enter the key you received for the upgraded edition of Enterprise Architect, including the { and } bracket characters (use copy and paste from an email to avoid typing mistakes).
     
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  7. Click on the OK button. If the key is valid, Enterprise Architect modifies the Current Version field to reflect the upgrade.
  8. Close Enterprise Architect and restart to enable the unlocked features.

Upgrade Enterprise Architect Version 7.0 and Later

To upgrade from one license edition to another, follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure you have a valid upgrade key purchased from Sparx Systems; you typically receive this in an email or PDF format.
  2. Open Enterprise Architect.
  3. Select the Help | Register and Manage License Key(s) menu option. The License Management dialog displays.
     
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  4. Click on the Add Key button; the Add Registration Key dialog displays
     
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  1. In the Name and Company fields, type your name and company name.
  2. To avoid typing mistakes, copy the key you received for the upgraded edition of Enterprise Architect - including the { and } bracket characters - from the email and paste the key into the Copy registration key field.
  3. Click on the OK button. Enterprise Architect displays a Registration succeeded Thank you for purchasing Enterprise Architect xxxx Edition message.
  4. Click on the OK button, and then on the Close button to continue working in Enterprise Architect.