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Cubase, like other Steinberg software, requires the use of a hardware copy protection called a USB-eLicenser. The first step after installing Cubase for the first time is to make sure your USB dongle is activated and has the proper license to run the software on your system. This is a one time step. First, make sure you've plugged in your USB-eLicenser into a free USB port. Next, download and install the latest eLicenser control center software. While you're at it, make sure you also have the latest version of Cubase installed in your system by going over to Steinberg.net.
When you first open the eLicenser software, it shows you a welcome screen with more information on how to download licenses and upgrade your software. Let's go ahead and close this for now. Next, click on Perform Maintenance Tasks. I would suggest doing this when you open the software. This updates any licenses in your dongle. Let's cancel for now, since we've done this already. (SOUND). Next, go up to Enter Activation Code up here. I've copied my license onto the clipboard, so I can paste this directly here. In your case, click Continue so the license downloads onto your dongle.
Since we already have a license, I won't click Continue. Now that you have downloaded this license you are ready to permanently run Cubase on your system. Make sure you keep the dongle in a safe place, if you lose it you'll have to buy a new license to run Cubase.
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