How do I activate WriteOnline via command line?

WriteOnline is installed but not activated 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 in the WriteOnline Program Files folder.

You can use a logon script, Scheduled Task, Group Policy, or similar to run this program via command line on each workstation. Whichever method you use, the program must run with elevated privileges (so data can be written to the Registry).

The following parameters must be used:

-serial   The serial number as it appears on the back of the DVD cover.
-silent   The activation attempt won't display any messages.
-online  The activation will use the Internet.

The following parameters can be used if you have a proxy server:

-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:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Crick Software\WriteOnline\CrickActivate.exe" -online -silent -serial "XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX"
-proxy "" -user "myusername" -pass "mypassword"

About this article
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May 31st, 2018
Last revised
November 21st, 2017
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