Activating and deactivating a license

NVivo Windows (Release 1.0)

Product activation is a simple and secure process that ensures only valid licenses are used to operate the software.

Activate a license and set up user preferences from a workstation

You need to activate your NVivo Windows (Release 1.0) license—this is a simple and secure process that ensures valid licenses are used to operate the software.

Each instance of NVivo needs to be activated, so if you are installing NVivo in an onsite laboratory or across a network, activation is required from each workstation. NVivo Windows (Release 1.0) introduces keyless activation using a myNVivo account. This can be using an individual license a user has purchased, or an enterprise license. If you are an enterprise administrator, please see the enterprise administrator help for how to invite users to use an enterprise license.


To activate using myNVivo:

  1. Start NVivo

  2. On the Activate NVivo dialog, click Sign in to myNVivo and enter your login details.

    • If there are multiple accounts associated with your myNVivo profile, select an account and click Activate.

    • If you are eligible to trial NVivo you can activate the trial by clicking Activate Trial.

  3. Click OK.

  4. On the User Profile dialog box, you are prompted to set up the default NVivo user profile:

    • Enter the user’s name for their user profile—by default it is set to their Windows user account name.

    • Enter the user’s initials—these will be used to identify any work that they do in a project.

  5. Click OK. 


  • Participation in the Customer Experience Improvement Program can help QSR International to improve the features, quality and performance of NVivo.

  • If the user does not have an Internet connection, please contact NVivo support for assistance with an offline activation.

Deactivate a license

You can deactivate the NVivo license on a particular computer. For example, if a user gets a new computer, they should deactivate the NVivo license on the old computer, before installing and activating NVivo on the new computer.

To deactivate NVivo via the Internet:

  1. Ensure that you are connected to the Internet.

  2. If you have an NVivo project open, you must close it before you can deactivate the license—click File, and then click Close.

  3. Click File, point to Help, and then click Deactivate License.

  4. Click Yes to confirm.

NVivo deactivates the license and displays a message confirming that the license has been deactivated.

  1. Click OK.

The NVivo application automatically closes.