How do I transfer a Student or Home license to a new computer?

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 28 Jun 2018
Edited: MathWorks Support Team on 28 Jun 2018
You are permitted to install MATLAB Student and Home on up to two computers and you may transfer a MATLAB Student or Home license up to two times per year. MATLAB Student and Home must be deactivated before it can be transferred to a new machine.
The simplest way to deactivate MATLAB Student and Home is from within MATLAB itself. From within MATLAB:
  • Click the word "Help" in the toolstrip, beneath the white question mark that launches the help browser.
  • Go to the "Licensing" menu.
  • Select "Deactivate software..."
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the deactivation process.
If the machine you wish to deactivate MATLAB from is no longer available, you can deactivate MATLAB from the MathWorks website: Follow the steps below to deactivate MATLAB:
  • Log in to your MathWorks account:
  • Click on the "Manage" icon under the license you would like to deactivate MATLAB from
  • Switch to the tab "Install and Activate".
  • Click "Deactivate a computer" on the right.
  • Click the blue circle with the white X for the computer you would like to deactivate.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the deactivation process.
Once you have deactivated your previous activations you will be able to activate MATLAB on your new computer. Deactivating the old machine and activating on the new machine completes the license transfer process. If you are unable to deactivate MATLAB for some reason, please contact MathWorks support:
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 6 Nov 2022
"You are permitted to install MATLAB Student and Home on up to two computers"
That statement is contrary to the license agreement, which as of R2022b says,
1. License Options
1.1. Individual License Option
(ii) A Named User may install the Programs on up to four (4) different
Computers but may not use a Program on more than two (2) Computers
simultaneously, except that Student and Home Licenses are limited to a
single Computer.
As the phrasing talks about installing on multiple computers, but contains an exception limiting Student and Home licenses to single computers, we must understand that as excluding the possibility of installing Student or Home licenses on multiple computers.
There is a different interpretation, which is that potentially the "except" applies to the not using on more than two computers. One could potentially interpret the clause as allowing Students to install on up to four computers simultaneously, as long as Student and Home licenses only use on a single computer at a time. In my opinion, that possibility is ruled out by the placement of the comma in the sentence. In English, subordinate clauses such as "but may not (etc)" are terminated by a comma that is not acting as an apposition within the subordinate clause (appositions are primarily signalled by the presence of two commas, and oppositions seldom seldom start with prepositions.)

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