I have a windows program that I have a licence on, and I downloaded that program onto my macbook. It works fine, but it doesn't include the full version functions. I have to deactivate and transfer the licence onto my mac in order for the full version to work, but I'm not sure whether Winebottler will work with licenses.

It's very expensive, so I don't want to risk losing it if transferring it doesn't work. Does Winebottler support licenses?

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    I suspect you can't answer util it is tried. Wine try to emulate the Windows API but does not do completely to perfectly so it will depend on what calls the liscencing code makes If it is very expensive then less risk and cost wise a benefit to buy Windows and then run in BootCamp or a virtual machine – Mark May 15 '15 at 19:54
  • What program is it? – user3439894 May 15 '15 at 19:59
  • @user3439894 it is RobotC for VEX 4.x robotc.net – Pyraminx May 15 '15 at 19:59

Generally Winebottler can handle licenses, but it works simulating the Windows API, so you have to fine tuning some components and DLL if something is implemented using non common Windows API / DLL, which it means that sometime license verification is implemented with esoteric business logic and may require some particular DLL which doesn't run well with the emulator.

In conclusion, I think that you have a good rate of success because your program is also running as limited edition, and I don't think that it could be a problem to have a test, at least it doesn't works and you can always uninstall it and recover your license key.

As far as I know usually licenses are provided per user or per machine. If you uninstall the software from your emulator you still have you license ready for another installation, maybe using virtualization software like VirtualBox or a Windows dedicated partition baked with BootCamp.

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