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Transferring MATLAB 2008a to new laptop

Asked by Damian Minev on 14 Jul 2018
Latest activity Edited by Stephan
on 14 Jul 2018
I bought matlab 2008a a while ago and now am switching to new Macbook. Can I transfer it over? Where can I get the .dmg installer file and license for it? Enclosed are the contents of the original .lic file for it:
# BEGIN--------------BEGIN--------------BEGIN
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE. Any changes will be overwritten.
# MATLAB license passcode file.
INCREMENT MATLAB MLM 19 01-sep-2009 uncounted F51D7625F877 \
VENDOR_STRING=vi=30:at=187:pd=1:lo=GP:ei=993107: \
HOSTID=MATLAB_HOSTID=0017F2C63779:538334 PLATFORMS=i86_mac \
ISSUED=12-Oct-2008 SN=538334 TS_OK
# END-----------------END-----------------END


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Answer by Stephan
on 14 Jul 2018

you can go to the license center at and visit the section of your own licenses. When you choose the tab install and activate there should be your actual computer. In the links below you can activate a new computer. Also you can get the corresponding license files in this section and deactivate your old computer.
Best regards


When I type in this license number in that license center it tells me:
The license number or activation key did not match any existing license number or activation key. Please try again. To associate your account with a license, make sure your account is using your school or work email. Account email: Change email
If you continue to have problems associating to a license, contact your MATLAB license administrator or MathWorks Support.
Following this you should be at the right place, to procede the steps.
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