Moving to a new computer
To move Pirform to a new computer you will need to move the licence from the old computer to the new one and you may also wish to move your certificates over too.
When you move your Pirform licence to another computer you will:
When you move your certificates to another computer you will:
Follow the steps below to move your licence and certificates from one computer to another.
Take a backup of your certificates
Backup files have the date and time they were created in their filenames. The backup file later in this section was created on 3rd August, 2020 at 8:06am.
To take a backup of your certificates click on Backup Certificate Data in the Home Screen:
Pirform will confirm that the backup has been completed and gives the option to go to the new backup file:
Click on Show me the backup file and Pirform will open Windows Explorer with the backup file selected:
Copy this file to the new computer so that you can use it later to restore the certificates that are in it.
Deactivate your licence
Deactivating the licence on the old computer makes it possible to use that licence on the new computer.
After you deactivate your licence Pirform will run in "safe mode". You won't be able to create or change any certificvates but you can still do things like taking a backup again or accessing a PDF. Read more here.
To deactivate your licence open Pirform, click File and then Pirform Options, go to the Support section and click Deactivate Licence as shown below:
You will be asked to confirm the deactivation (twice!):
After which Pirform will confirm that the licence has been deactivated and will close.
After deactivating, the deactivated licence will be sent to the email address that is against the licence in your Licence Manager
Download and install the latest version of Pirform from our website here:
You will likely need to unblock your licence - read more about installing Pirform here.
Activate the licence
The deactivated licence was sent to the email address that is against the licence in your Licence Manager.
Make sure to use the most recent licence that you were sent just after deactivating. Licence files from older emails will not work.
On the new computer, save the licence file that was attached to that email to your Desktop and then close and re-open Pirform (see here for how to save file attachments). Pirform will detect and apply the licence file and you will see that the licence file has been removed from your Desktop.
When Pirform starts it will prompt you to activate the licence. Click Activate now to activate the licence (your computer needs to be connected to the internet):
After the licence has been activated Pirform will restart to apply the changes:
Apply the transfer file
After you activate your licence, you a transfer file was sent to the email address that is against the licence in your Licence Manager. This file allows Pirform to restore a backup that was not taken on the current machine.
On the new computer, save the transfer file that was attached to that email to your Desktop and then close and re-open Pirform. Pirform will detect and apply the transfer file and you will see that the licence file has been removed from your Desktop.
Restore certificates from a backup
Restoring from a backup will OVERWRITE ALL THE CERTIFICATES ON THE COMPUTER. If have any certificates that you want to keep, export those before proceeding.
To restore from a backup of your certificates click on Restore Certificate Data in the Home Screen:
Select the backup file that you copied to the new computer:
Remember that restoring from a backup will OVERWRITE ALL THE CERTIFICATES ON THE COMPUTER, the next step is to confirm that you really want to restore the certificates:
Pirform will restore the backup (which might take a little time), after which you will see a confirmation that the backup has been restored: