Finding Your Emergency Transfer Password

Reference Number: KB-00696
Last Modified: September 30, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors
Home Designer Professional

Chief Architect X6 and newer, as well as all Home Designer 2015 and newer, programs have the ability to manage activations online which renders the use of an Emergency Transfer Password obsolete.


I just installed my older Chief Architect software on a second computer and tried to start the program, but a warning message tells me that the license is already in use and asks for my Emergency Transfer Password. What does all this  mean?



Although you can install Chief Architect software on multiple computers, a single license of the program can only be active on one computer at a time. If you need to run the program on more than one computer at a  time, you will need to purchase additional program licenses. To learn more, contact our Sales team.

If  you have Software Lock security, have been running the program on one computer, and wish to run it on a different computer, you must deactivate your license on the first machine.

For more information on running the program on multiple computers please review the "Running Chief Architect on Multiple Computers" article listed in the Related Articles section.

If you have not deactivated your license on the other computer, you can use an Emergency License Transfer.  It is important to understand, though, that proper deactivation and Emergency Transfers are not identical, and that Emergency License Transfers should only be used in emergency situations,  such as a hard drive failure, where you are unable to properly deactivate the license where it is in active use. 

The correct way to switch from using Chief Architect on one computer to using it on a different computer is to deactivate the license on the first computer
before launching the program on the second machine. This is very easy to do and takes only a moment, so long as you have an active internet connection.

To deactivate a Chief Architect license using Software Lock Security

  1. Launch the program on the computer where your license is active and select Help> Deactivate License from the menu.  

  2. Click Yes to confirm that you wish to deactivate the license.  

  3. After a pause, a second message will inform you that the license has been successfully deactivated.  

    Other aspects of the installation, such as custom library content, custom toolbars, and custom template plans, are unaffected and will be ready  for use if you later reactivate the license on this computer.

With your license deactivated, you are now free to activate it on  another machine by simply launching the program while connected to the  internet.  

You must be connected to the internet to activate, or deactivate your license.  However, you do not need to stay connected to the internet once the license is activated on the computer where the software is being used.

To do an Emergency License Transfer

In some instances, such as if your computer crashes, you may not have the opportunity to properly deactivate your license. Should this occur, you can still launch Chief Architect on another machine by using your Emergency Transfer Password, provided that the new computer has Internet access.

Your Emergency Transfer Password is provided at the end of the program's Registration Wizard, on the "Completing the Chief Architect Secure Registration Wizard" page.  Instructions on that page recommend that you save the password in a safe location for future use.

  1. Launch Chief Architect on a computer with an active Internet connection where your license is not currently active.  

  2. A warning message will display, telling you that the license is already active elsewhere and requesting your Emergency Transfer Password.  

  3. Type in your Emergency Transfer Password and click OK.

    As long there is an active Internet connection, the license will be deactivated on the old machine and become active on the current computer.

Emergency License Transfers should NOT be viewed as an alternative to properly deactivating your license before switching to a different computer. They are intended to be used in emergency situations only, and only three are provided with your Chief Architect license.  If you use all three, no more will be provided until you contact Chief Architect Sales and purchase additional transfers. 


If you are unable to locate your Registration Information paper, which has your Emergency Transfer Password on it, then you can contact the Chief Architect Customer Service team directly via telephone to obtain  this information.