I have a unusual problem and I’m seeking some technical guidance on resolving it.
Background: About 6 months ago I purchased a Windows 7 upgrade: to upgrade from Vista. I didn’t realize at the time that the Windows 7 upgrade would not totally replace Vista (just place it on a seperate partition). In essence the W7 installation sets up a separate partition with Vista existing in one partition and Windows 7 in another partition. I have since set up my Cubase 6.5 and all my plug-ins on the Windows 7 partition without incident and everything runs well for my single songwriter setup, evenusing an older Core 2 processor.
My problem: For Xmas, I decided to purchase a Waves plug-in to use in mixing. I made the purchase and attempted to download the plug-in using the V9 download application. V9 downloads and installs correctly on my H Drive HOWEVER: and here it where it gets weird: the Waves License Center does not recognize the partition where Cubase 6.5 is installed (i.e. the Windows 7 partition on my H: Drive). Instead it only recognizes the partition where Vista is installed (C: Drive). The bottom line is that the Waves plugin cannot be activated because it does not recognize V9 where the Cubase and the Waves plug-in are installed.
Efforts to Date: I worked with Waves yesterday and after extensive attempts to get the Waves License Center to recognize the H: Drive (to no avail), we decided to download the activation code to a USB drive. However, the problem was not solved becuase I still must use the Waves License Center to activate the plug-in and the Waves License Center is saying that it does not recognize the USB drive. What a dilemna (everthing for my system is set up on the W7 partition and Waves only recognizes my C Drive as the HD for the computer)…
Alternatives: As I see it, I have the following alternatives:
a. Wipe out 6 months of work, reformat everything, buy a single license of W7 and start over. (Ugghhh.)
b. Go back to Waves to see if there is any way that the USB Drive can be recognized by V9 on the H partition.
c.Try to get Cubase 6.5 to open on my C Drive (with Vista as the operating system - don’t know if this is feasible), and authorize the waves plug-in from my C: Drive. Once authorized, my problem “might” be resolved. The problem with this approach is that Cubase relies on files in the H Partitions Windows 32 sub-folder to execute. I am not an expert in this, and have serious reservations about copying and pasting files from the current H: partition to the C: partition without hearing from others who may be able to shed some light on the potential risks and benefits of this alternative.
d. Contacting Microsoft to see if there is any way that the H: Drive can be recognized as the computer HD instead of the C: Drive.
Any thoughts from “techies” on the forum would be appreciated. Thank you!.