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Powerbuilder 12.5.2 will not install

We have a Win 8 - 64 machine with Visual Studio 2012 installed.

When we try to install Powerbuilder 12.5.2, it says to install Microsoft Windows SDK for .NET Framework 4.0.

Microsoft will not let me install 4.0 because it says 4.5 is already installed.

What to do?


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Well, we live to help people get started with PowerBuilder or overcome problems with it.

I have 12.5.2 installed on a Windows 8 machine, so I know it's possible.

Question:  Is your machine a laptop?

The reason I ask is that the license that is generated by default is tied to the primary network card at the time the product is installed.  Laptops are notorious in that regard for switching between different network adapters as their 'primary' card depending on whether they are running wifi, attached to ethernet, using a tethered phone, etc.  When some other card than the one that the license is tied to becomes the 'primary' card, the license goes invalid.

That's why I generally create a license file based on the serial number of the hard drive instead.  That's not entirely foolproof, you'll have problems if you switch out the hard drive.  But if you do that you've got more going on than just refreshing the PB license.

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