Building License Installation - 4.0

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There is a special type of ROBOTC license called a Building License . These licenses do not require an online activation but rather have a unique building license file that must be installed with the software in order for ROBOTC to work properly. The building license file is stored on the ROBOTC Customer Service server and can be accessed by the end user at any time. To do so, you will need to:
  • Download the latest version of ROBOTC
  • Install ROBOTC
  • Download the building license file from the ROBOTC Customer Service page
  • Install and activate the building license file

Download the latest version of ROBOTC

Before we start programming in ROBOTC, we need to first download and install the client. This can be done by navigating to ROBOTC's website ( and selecting the 'Downloads' tab.

1) From the ROBOTC website, select the individual robotics platform you wish to program on. If you want to use multiple platforms or accidentally download the wrong version, you can manually activate and choose another platform thorugh the ROBOTC program. When you get to the correct platform page, click on the 'Download ROBOTC for X version x.xx' to start the download process:

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2) At this point click the 'Save' button to start downloading ROBOTC. You may get a warning pop-up from either Windows, your antivirus program, or both. This is to warn you that some programs downloaded from the internet can be malicious and to use care before running them; click allow to start the download.

Install ROBOTC

1) Once the program is done downloading, navigate to the Downloads folder on your computer and start the ROBOTC installer. You may have to right click on the installer and select the "Run as Administrator" depending on individual computer restrictions; ROBOTC must be installed with administrator privileges.

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2) Before you can proceed, you must read over and accept the End User License Agreement. If you agree to the End User Agreement, check the "I accept" and then the "Next" button to continue the installation.

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3) Next, select where you would like ROBOTC to install to. The default location is C:/Program Files (x86)/Robomatter Inc/ROBOTC Development Environment 4.X.

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4) The installer will ask you to confirm your settings. If everything looks correct, click "Install" to being the installation process. The installer will then begin copying files from the installer to your computer. Please wait until this is complete.

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5) During this process, ROBOTC will automatically install the drivers needed for your specific robotics platform, if applicable. You will be prompted if you would like to install the drivers; click the 'Install' button to start the driver install.
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6) The installer will inform you when the installation is complete. Click the "Finish" button to complete your install.

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Download the ROBOTC Building License File

1) Navigate to the ROBOTC Customer Service page and log in using your Customer ID and Password (this information will be sent to you in a confirmation email after purchasing a ROBOTC Building License).

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2) Select the "Licenses and Activations" icon to view all of the licenses tied to that Customer ID.

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3) Select the correct Building License File from the list of available licenses (in this example, a ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.0 Building License file).

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4) Click the 'Download License File' button to download the license file to your computer.

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Install and Activate the Building License

1) To activate ROBOTC with a building license, copy the building license file into the ROBOTC directory (typically C:/Program Files (x86)/Robomatter Inc/ROBOTC Development Environment 4.X).

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2) Once the building license file is installed to the ROBOTC directory, ROBOTC must be run as an administrator in order to write the activation changes to the Windows Registry. To run ROBOTC as an administrator, right click on the ROBOTC icon and select the 'Run as Administrator' option while logged into an administrator's account.

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One of the advantages of building licenses is that they help make automated installs easy. To roll out ROBOTC to multiple computers using a building license, make sure the base image has ROBOTC installed and the building license file is in the correct directory. As long as those two conditions are met, ROBOTC should be active on each computer the image is rolled out to with no further action required.

There are, however, exceptions to this. If ROBOTC is being run from a centralized network, each computer that needs to access ROBOTC must also install a Network Dependencies package (available from the [ROBOTC downloads page]). The building license file must also be properly installed on the network in order for networked computers to access ROBOTC.