WOLWH8 - How to activate WriteOnline via a Command Line

Applies To

  • WriteOnline for Windows (excluding Web Edition)


WriteOnline is installed but unactivated on multiple Windows computers. This may be due to unsuccessful automatic activation during installation, or WriteOnline was included in a system image that was deployed to workstations.


Activation is performed by CrickActivate.exe, which is present in the WriteOnline program folder. This can be run from a command line to activate WriteOnline. The following switches can be used:

-online This switch is required.
-serial The serial number as it appears on your license. This switch is required.
-silent The activation attempt will not display any dialogs or prompts.
-proxy The proxy server address to use when activating over HTTP.
-user The username to use when accessing the proxy server.
-pass The password to use when accessing the proxy server.

For example, to activate WriteOnline silently via a proxy server:

"%ProgramFiles%\Crick Software\WriteOnline\CrickActivate.exe" -online -serial "X1234 12345 12345 12345" -silent -proxy "" -user "myusername" –pass "mypassword"


We recommend creating a Scheduled Task to run this command line on your computers, because it can be set to run once at boot (or on logon) with Administrator privileges (required to save results to the Registry). The task can then be removed after all the computers have been activated.

WriteOnline licensing is per computer and non-concurrent. Therefore, you will be unable to activate WriteOnline on more computers than you have licenses for. To transfer an already activated license, Contact Support after uninstallation .