I have two desktop computers A (Windows 7 Home premium)and B (Windows 7 Home basic), both using Windows 7.

They are connected to a router. Computer A connects to the router using LAN cable (IPv4 address is; subnet mask is; no default gateway), whereas computer B connects to the router using wireless connection (IPv4 address is; subnet mask is; default gateway is

Currently, I have purchased and installed a proprietary multi-user software in in a folder in the C-drive for accounting purpose in computer A. The software comes with a dongle that must be plugged into the computer A to allow the software to work as full-subscription mode.

I did not install the software in computer B. Next, I performed 'map network drive' in computer B, hoping to allow sharing of that specific folder of C-Drive in computer A to the network location of computer B. However, when I tried to access the installed program in computer B, the program appears as a demo version (still until the moment of writing). I can access the installed program in full subscription mode in computer A.

Could this be a program's credential issue? This two windows 7 computer are not connected through home group as for now. Can anyone provide me with advice and suggestion to enable the shared program in the mapped network drive of computer B to access the program in full-subscription mode instead of demo version? Thank you.

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    What program is it? This method won't work with most programs. The license is stored somewhere in the registry, user profile or somewhere in %systemdrive%\ProgramData. Relatively, those are machine specific. If the program looks for a license at C:\path, and you run the program from your computer, it looks for a license in C:\path in YOUR computer, and there isn't a license there. A program is not only files, but part of a system, and needs the system. Just executing its exe from a network location is akin to copying its folder, after installation, to another computer, and running it there
    – Dr.Ping
    Aug 11, 2016 at 14:55
  • If you want to run it on machineB, then try entering the license when running it from machineB. Might work
    – Dr.Ping
    Aug 11, 2016 at 14:56
  • Dear @Dr.Ping, the installed program is called "Aplus accounting". The licence is controlled by the dongle. So, I actually purchased a software and a dongle in a set. Because of poor customer support from Aplus company, I get insights from a business friend who manage to connect two computers running this multi-user Aplus through this "map network drive" method. That is why, I followed his method but I failed. The main reason why I did not insert any licence password or copy any system files from Computer A to computer B because I did not install the software in Computer B. Any advice, Dr?
    – kjyon2
    Aug 11, 2016 at 23:59
  • Since I don't know this software, and don't know what your friend did, no, dunno what to tell you to achieve that. Can you insert the dongle into computerB when you use the software?
    – Dr.Ping
    Aug 12, 2016 at 6:10
  • I tried your step before. When I removed the dongle from Computer A' s CPU, both program appear as demo version in Computers A and B. I manage to visit my friend's office for a while. What he told me of the 'map network drive' seems to be true. I am sure I need some 'networking advice' to achieve what my friend have done.
    – kjyon2
    Aug 12, 2016 at 7:49


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