VCDS-Lite is NOT
intended for use with any of our current interfaces. If you're
using a Dongle Interface (such as a KEY-, KII-, HEX-, or MICRO- series)
you should download and install the
current version of VCDS which
will read the license from your Dongle-interface.
"Dumb" Interface users:
When you first download
and install VCDS-Lite, it will be in "Shareware" mode. It will access all the control
modules in your car and perform a number of useful functions, but
is blocked until the software is registered and activated.
VCDS-Lite generates a unique
software Serial Number on each computer
where it is installed. In order to to Activate VCDS-Lite, you
must provide the Serial Number that VCDS-Lite shows on the
computer on which you intend to use it!.
You will find the serial number on the "About" screen of the
Before requesting an Activation:
Please test VCDS-Lite
to make sure it communicates properly with all the systems in your car.
You can do quite a bit without activating the program! VCDS-Lite
registrations are not refundable. If you are not
sure if it's working properly, ask us!
Requests sent by e-mail or fax will not be processed.
We try to process all activation
requests as quickly as possible. Please do not call right after submitting your request asking to have it expedited.
This will not help. Remember: "Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency for us!"
Since Activations are in the form of a small file which must be saved on
your PC, it is impossible to provide them via the telephone.
Copy and Pastewith all serial numbers
and activation codes to
typographical errors! If you can't access the Internet from your laptop, copy and paste the
serial number into a text file using the Notepad program on your laptop. Save the file to a floppy disk, CD,
or USB Memory Key and take it to
a computer from which you
will be filling out our registration form, and copy from the Notepad
file into the Form. Reverse this process when you receive your Activation Code.
Go to the About screen of VCDS-Lite, where you will find the Serial Number.
Highlight the Serial Number by double-clicking it with your mouse (or
hold down the left mouse button while you drag the pointer over the
entire Serial Number. Next, right-click the highlighted area and select Copy.
This will copy your Serial Number into Windows Clipboard, so you can paste it somewhere else.
If you do not see a Serial Number, but
instead see a message that says:
If you have not purchased a
license yet, go to our appropriate registration
formand and find the field for "VCDS-Lite Serial Number:"
Right-click on the white area and select Paste to paste the Serial
Number into the appropriate area. Fill out the remainder of the
form and submit it.
Important: Do NOT De-Activate any old
versions of VAG-COM AFTER you have submitted an Activation
request. That will change your current Serial Number and will
totally foul up the Activation process.
You should receive your Activation
File via email
by the end of the next business day after submitting the form. "End of day" can be late in the
evening sometimes. If you have
not heard from us by the second business day after submitting your request, please follow up with an e-mail
Activation@Ross-Tech.com or give us a
Once you receive the email with Activation File, make sure that the
Serial Number in the email still matches the Serial Number as shown on
the About Screen in VCDS-Lite. Use your email program to save the
attachment as shown in the examples below. If your email program does
not display the file as an attachment (may happen with Hotmail
accounts), reply to the email and ask for further instructions.
Save the attached
Activation file to your C:\Ross-Tech\VCDS-Lite folder as shown below:
(Make sure the "Save as type:" field at the bottom shows "All
documentation for your specific email program for assistance with saving
When you return to the About screen, the "License Status"
should read "Fully Registered/Activated" like this:
If VCDS-Lite remains as
Unregistered/Shareware, you should check the first field of your Serial
Number against the name of the VCA file. In the above example, the first
field of the Serial Number is 8523f336 and the name of the VCM file is
8523f336.vcm . If they don't match, your serial number has changed and you
will need to resubmit your request.
us an invalid
Serial Number can be very
frustrating for everyone involved. Please use Copy and Paste. :-)
If you do not know how to copy and paste,
please see our Handy Tutorial!