Windows-based Diagnostic Software
for VW / Audi / Seat / Skoda
generic 3rd-party interfaces
VCDS-Lite is our low cost
solution for older (pre-2006) VW-Audi Group cars that
do not require a direct CAN diagnostic connection.
shareware version does quite a lot and it's, well, free.
The fully registered version does pretty much everything
the older dealers' tools could do on those cars, but even when fully registered, it will not have
quite all of the
functions that the full (non-lite) version of VCDS would
Some of the differences between versions and between
the free VCDS-Lite Shareware and the
Cannot do AutoScan
Limitations of VCDS-Lite compared to VCDS even if Fully Registered:
Won't display text for all fault codes
No Basic Settings (so no TBA, Xenon leveling, etc or checking
timing on TDI's)
No Adaptation Saving (so no changing of locking/lights/horn
No Output Tests
No tech support from Ross-Tech
No Generic OBD-II
Won't work with CAN-Bus vehicles
Fewer fault code definitions and label files
No built-in Activation (you'll be limited to a single PC)
No Advanced Measuring Blocks
No Acceleration Measurement
Refer to our
VCDS Function Chart for more details
We do not sell interfaces for VCDS-Lite.
you're considering VCDS-Lite, then you obviously have a
very limited budget for tools an we can't compete on price
with Chinese eBay sellers. When choosing an interface
for VCDS-Lite, we recommend getting one that's based on an
FTDI FT232 Chip. They almost always work well if
you manually configure the virtual COM port into an unused
port in the range of COM1 - COM4 and set the latency
timer to 2, as shown
Frequently Asked Questions About VCDS-Lite
5.1 How do I permanently move VCDS-Lite
from one PC to another?
We understand that PCs sometimes
fail in a manner where it is not economically feasible to
repair them, so we will allow ONE change of PCs per
license. Use it wisely!
This also applies to reformatting your hard drive, installing new OS or performing
other system overhauls:
Download and install VCDS-Lite.
Test it to make sure it works properly on that machine. Contact us
for support if you have any difficulties.
Fill out the appropriate
Registration Form using the serial number from the About screen and we'll send
you a new Activation Code, subject to the following caveat:
5.2 What's the De-Activate button for? Why would I want to do that?
of our software contained a De-Activate button. This is no longer present
we will allow ONE change of
PCs per license.
Why has VCDS-Lite become De-Activated on its own?
If your previously-registered installation of
VCDS-Lite has become De-Activated:
Remember that we HIGHLY recommend you purchase one of our Current Interfaces
for use with VCDS (as opposed to VCDS-Lite). Upgrades
for existing registered users are also available.