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Illegal Corel software message

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by decalman, Jul 2, 2019.

  1. decalman

    decalman Active Member

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    I've had Coral draw x 5 for years.
    I've stayed off the internet with my work computer. But I've started using the net with my work computer and I'm getting Coral draw warnings that I can't save a file or print or export. I'm using Windows 7. So far I've been able to save files. I cut with Summa cut plot.
    I'm not in my shop now so I can't tell if I can cut. The warnings that keep popping up are scary. They want money.

    I'm wondering if I'm going to have to reset my computer and reinstall everything. Can someone please explain things please.

    I bought the coral software years ago either on eBay or Amazon.
     
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  2. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    If you bought it on Amazon or eBay chances are it is not a legit copy. There are a ton of fakes on there. Especially if you paid well under the normal price
     
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  3. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    I would agree with Ebay assessment, but not so much with the Amazon one (unless it came through a 3rd party using Amazon as a middle man).

    This actually isn't the first time on here that this has been reported. Adrian (I believe it was Adrian) also had this issue and according to that user, the serial was confirmed to be legit.
     
  4. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

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    Did you use the serial # from your copy of X5 to upgrade to a newer version? when we upgraded to 2018, I used my X5 serial number for the discounted upgrade, now If I try to open X5 I get the same message.

    Call Corel, they are pretty good about it, if is a mistake they will correct it. Possibly someone used your X5 serial number to upgrade their software? that's basically what cracking software does, figures out the logical chain of numbers/letters in a legit serial number.

    But if you bought from ebay, there is about a 75% chance the software is not legal.
     
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    dypinc Very Active Member

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    Why are you using a work computer running Windows to get on the internet? That is grounds for firing around here.
     
  6. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    Running any production computer (regardless of the OS) connected to the internet would be a big no no here.
     
  7. decalman

    decalman Active Member

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    I haven't been online with a work computer in years. I thought something was wrong with me because I kept my work computer offline. Now I do it once...and I find out, I was right all along..

    The warning told me my coreldraw would be disabled and that I cannot print or transfer files or save documents.
    It turns out I can do all those things.

    My computer is offline and those warning boxes come up just empty boxes haha

    I guess I'll have to fire myself.
    Now that would be nice !
     
  8. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    I'm speculating here, but it sounds like there is a file(s) on your system that's triggered to look online for the message to display, but since the computer isn't only, it can't display the message. Hence, the empty boxes.

    If that is the case, then it may be possible to just find the file(s) and delete those and it should all totally go away.
     
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  9. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    Here's how to fix the bug that displays the illegal software window:
    Delete the Corel message folder to correct the issue.

    1. Press Windows key + R.
    2. Type %appdata% and hit enter.
    3. Go to Corel folder
    4. Delete the "Messages" folder
     
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  10. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    I'm kinda curious as to how something like this is a "bug". At least in the classic sense.
     
  11. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    I guess they call it a bug (I got the fix from a Corel support forum) because there is a part of the program that's meant to find illegal software but sometimes it flags copies of the software that is legit, but once it's done so, it leaves the message in the folder. So the detector software has a bug.
     
  12. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Dang, you'd think they'd come up with some harder way of keeping that message up...
     
  13. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    That would be a bug, I just have a hard time reconciling it as X5 doesn't require online activation, so there is less of a "need" for this type of mechanism for checking if multiple activations (with different users) has been done.

    I guess they started having that in place for when they sent out X6, which did have those needs, who knows.
     
  14. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    On average, how often does the typical Windows user go into the appdata folder?
     
  15. decalman

    decalman Active Member

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    The message box says something like " you have an illegal pirated copy". Corel will be disabled on your computer. You can't export files.... you cannot save documents, you cannot print. I don't print anyway.

    I cut and it seems to work just fine. As long as I can cut save files and export and import I'm happy. What do I care about empty threats from a little box. I bought my corel draw sweet 5 years ago I didn't think nothing of it.
    I thought it was legal. It was packaged so attractively.
     
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  16. decalman

    decalman Active Member

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    Appdata? Thanks, now I know where to look.
     
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    ikarasu Very Active Member

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    just type "%appdata%" in your explorer window and it'll bring you there. It defaults you to roaming... Go back and look in local, thats where most app data is saved to.
     
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  18. If you bought it on Amazon or eBay chances are it is not a legit copy. There are a ton of fakes on there. Especially if you paid well under the normal price.
     
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