Please Note:This information only applies to EverKey Version 2.
As of June 2014, Az-Tech recommends using EverKey Version 6. which is backward compatible with Version 2 and supports all major versions of Windows.
Programs protected with EverKey can be used on all Editions of Windows XP-SP2 thru Windows 8.1,. including Pro and Enterprise Editions. Windows RT (ARM Tablet) is not supported.
However, the EverKey Version 2 System program that the Developer uses to generate Renew Codes (Kecodes) must run on a 32-bit version of Windows 95 thru Windows XP. Kecodes is NEVER sent to your Customer. It is only used by you, the Developer.
Kecodes can also be used on Windows 7 using Windows XP Mode.
The Windows XP Mode of Windows 7 supports most PCs shipped since 2007. In 2010, Microsoft further expanded support by upgrading the product so that it no longer required a PC with hardware virtualization. You can ensure the best compatibility by installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1. For complete documentation of all compatibility issues, please refer to Microsoft.com/Windows/Xpmode .
Windows XP Mode is only supported on the Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise Editions. It can not be used on Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium. The good news here is that Microsoft made it very easy to upgrade to the Professional Edition. According to their website (as of June, 2011), purchasing an "Anytime Upgrade" for $89.95 allows you to upgrade from Home Premium to Professional in as little as 10 minutes.
Here are the steps to set up Windows XP Mode. This procedure works with both the 32-bit and 64-bit Editions of Windows 7:
- Be sure you're logged-in as an Administrator.
- Launch your web browser and go to Microsoft.com/Windows/Xpmode .
- Click the Download button near the top of the page and follow the instructions shown. First, you'll have to select your System and Language. Then, you can download and install the necessary programs.
- After everything is installed, you'll need to restart because this is a system update.
- After Windows has restarted, login as an Administrator and click Windows XP Mode from the Start menu. Depending on how it was installed, this entry might be located under the Start menu entry for Windows Virtual PC.
- You'll need to accept the license terms to continue.
- Enter a Password for the XPMUser User and record it in a safe place.
- Select a preference for Automatic Updates and click Start Setup.
- The setup will take a few minutes and then Windows XP will startup in a Virtual PC window.
- From the Virtual PC window, install Kesetup.exe. This will install EverKey Version 2.31 and the older version of the Rockey4 Device Drivers.
- Plug a Rockey4 into any USB port or hub. From the Menu bar of the Windows XP Mode window, click USB and then select and click the Rockey device to attach. This device will be named Rockey or FeiTian.
- In the Found New Hardware Wizard dialog, select "No, not this time" and click Next. Then, click Next again.
- When the Hardware Installation warning message appears, click "Continue Anyway". Then, click Finish.
You now can use all EverKey Version 2 programs just like you were using a real Windows XP system!
Just a couple of things worth mentioning:
- In the Real Windows XP, the Found New Hardware Wizard dialog appears each time you insert a Rockey4 into a different USB port or USB Hub port. Using Windows XP Mode, the dialog only appears the first time you insert and attach a Rockey4. This is a big improvement.
- In the current version of the Windows 7 Windows XP Mode, you have to click Attach every time you plug in a Rockey4. Hopefully, Microsoft will provide a way to attach automatically in a future release.