PROMOTIC hardware key (further "HW key") serves for the protection of the PROMOTIC system and for the protection of the designer's "know how". There is burnt the complete information about purchased license in this key. The HW key is the most commonly used licence carrier.
Each PROMOTIC HW key is labeled by 4-digits number that identifies the licence number. This number can be found on the white label that is attached on the HW key. The information regarding the connected key can be obtained in the runtime mode by the Pm.LicenceInfo method, or in the info system of running application - licences page.
The PROMOTIC system uses SENTINEL
licence keys manufactured by the SafeNet Ltd
company. When ordering a PROMOTIC licence several different key types can be choosen:
of the standard size is plugged in the USB
port of the PC.
of the minimal size is plugged in the USB
port of the PC.
WARNING - this key type is functional from version PROMOTIC Pm8.2.16
connected to USB port on PC motherboard.
WARNING - this key type is functional from version PROMOTIC Pm8.3.8
According to the license content we distinguish 2 types of PROMOTIC HW keys:
- Development HW key
. It is supplied together with the PROMOTIC development environment (at a price of the PmDev
license) Without the development HW key the PROMOTIC development environment runs in the PmFree
- Runtime HW key. It serves as a PROMOTIC runtime license bearer. With the runtime HW key the PROMOTIC system runs always in the application runtime mode. With this key the application cannot be edited or modified.
Other licenses can be added into the runtime HW key anytime. This can be done either by "overburning" the HW key (i.e. the key has to be conveyed) or by sending the file (e.g. by an email) with the content of new license, see SWK licence file extending the content of licence key
For the correct behavior of the HW key it is necessary to set parameters that can be changed by the Hinstall.exe program (it can be launched from the DOS command line) that is located in the PROMOTIC folder (\Pm). The PROMOTIC installation program sets these parameters by default but in special cases it is possible to change the parameters by the user. The basic commands of the HInstall program:
Caution in OS Windows Vista, 7, Server 2008 it is necessary to run as Administrator
>\Pm\Hinstall -i .. Install HW key driver
>\Pm\Hinstall -r .. Remove HW key driver
>\Pm\Hinstall -h .. Display next possible commands
>\Pm\Hinstall -info .. Statement of the installation state (version, priority for searching the key, etc.)
Known problems with the installation of the HW key driver
- Similar problem is connected with the OS Windows 2003 Server
operation system. Very strict data protection policy (DEP
) is apllied by default after installation. This prevents the PROMOTIC system from acessing the HW key although the device driver is installed successfully. The possible solution is to lower the noexecute
parameter serurity level in Boot.ini
file (hidden, system).
1. Click on the Start button, right click on This computer and select Properties.
2. Go to the Advanced section and to the System boot and recovery group frame, click on the Settings button.
3. In the System boot group frame click the Edit button. The Boot.ini file is then opened in the Notepad.
4. In the notepad open the Edit menu and click the Find command.
5. Enter /noexecute into the Find field and click the Find next button.
6. In the Find window click the Cancel button.
7. Replace the text policy_level by the AlwaysOff string.
The Boot.ini row should now be: /noexecute=AlwaysOff. Additional information: support.microsoft.com/kb/875352.
- Problem connected with running the PROMOTIC application on OS Windows
servers and virtual machines.
Although it seems the installation of the key driver on this OS is completed successfully, the application cannot be lauched due to the inaccessibility of licence. See:
- In the terminal service client
process (remote desktop) it is not possible
to access the HW key driver.
The reason is insufficient permision of the logged-in client for computer hardware access. This also concerns the driver that is used for HW key access.
The PROMOTIC system cannot be installed in this mode.
History of HW key drivers compatibility based on OS Windows and PROMOTIC versions
Installation of HW keys is a part of PROMOTIC system installation. This way the application can accesss the contents of the key via the driver. There may be problems in situation when an older PROMOTIC version is installed on a new OS Windows
that was not known at the time the PROMOTIC version was released. The following overview sums up the compatibility of drivers and OS Windows
The version of installed driver can be identified by running the HW key driver installer with the -info
parameter. For example: c:\Pm\hinstall -info
Running the installer with -? parameter, for example: c:\Pm\hinstall -? will indicate the version of the driver that is contained in such installer.
|HW key driver||Promotic version||32/64 bit Windows||XP||Win7|
|version ||Date||7||8||2000||XP||2003||2003 R2||Vista||2008||2008 R2||7||8||2012||10||embed||embed|
|18.104.22.168 ||09/2005||7.1.0-7.1.5 ||- ||Y||Y||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Y||-|
|22.214.171.124 ||09/2007||7.2.0-7.5.3 ||- ||Y||Y||Y||-||Y||Y||-||-||-||-||-||Y||-|
|5.75 ||12/2009||- ||8.0.3 - 8.0.8 ||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.86 ||01/2010||7.5.4 ||8.0.9 ||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.95 ||10/2010||7.5.5-7.5.7 ||8.0.10-8.1.10 ||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||-||-||-||-|
|6.51 ||10/2012||- ||8.2.0 ||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||-||-||-|
|6.55 ||01/2013||- |
8.2.5 - 8.2.7
|6.56 ||03/2013||- ||8.2.8-8.2.10||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||-||-||-|
|6.60 ||08/2013||- ||8.2.11-8.2.15 ||-||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|6.62 ||05/2014||- || |
|7.32 ||04/2015||- || |
|7.41 ||11/2015||- || |
Y is designed for specified OS Windows version
- is not designed to work with the OS Windows version
If the older Promotic version is installed on newer OS Windows and the HW driver provided with PROMOTIC is not functional, it can be replaced by: