Cubase 10.5.3 Will Not Open

System: Windows 8, 64-bit
Cubase: 10.5.3
eLicenser Control Version

This one will be hard to reproduce; I fully wiped my laptop and reinstalled Windows 8. After re-downloading Cubase 10.5 along with all the associated version updates I go to click it and…nothing. The program simply will not open whatsoever. If I Run As Administrator the program still will not run.

Dongle: I have a physical USB Dongle, maintenance has been run in eLCC showing everything is in order in terms of my product registration.

I read in other forum posts about terminating “Protected Object Server (32 bit)” in the Task Manager. When terminated my Cubase still will not open.

I downloaded an older version of eLCC but this did not help. At this point I do not know if there is a bug with the latest eLCC and my product is rendered useless.

Any help/suggestions is greatly appreciated.

Not a 100%, but pretty sure Cubase 10.5 is not supported on Windows 8 and needs Windows 10.

Wow. Not sure how I missed this since I’ve been running Cubase 10.5 on my Windows 8 laptop for the last 3 years. But looks like this could be potentially it. Appreciate your comment.