Upgrade from Cubase Elements 9.5 to 12


I have a technical question. I have Cubase Elements 9.5 installed on my old computer. I bought an upgrade to version 12 Elements, which I would like to install on a new computer (I did not install upgrade v12 on the old one). Do I have to activate 12 on the old hardware first and then do a “reactivation” on Steinberg’s account and then install 12 Elements on the new computer? Or is it enough to activate the 12 Elements versions on the new hardware?

Hi and welcome to the forum,

Cubase 12 is not using the eLCC anymore. So you don’t have to reactivate Cubase 12 license. Moreover, you can use the lince at up to 3 computers.

So you have 2 options:

  • Update your Cubase Elements 9.5 license on the old computer. Once the update is done, install Cubase Elements 12 on the new computer. Login in the Steinberg Activation Manager and you are ready to go. Then you can use Cubase Elements 12 at both systems.
  • Reactive your Cubase Elements 9.5 to the new computer (you don’t have to install Cubase 9.5). Update the license on the new computer.

Thank you very much for your answer.

So that I understand well. I enter the license number that I got for Cubase 12 EL on the old computer in Steinberg Download Assistant. It does not install it on the old computer. Installs Steinberg Download Assistant on the new computer. I should see the C12 EL in “My Products” by now. Install Cubase 12 EL, run Steinberg Activation Manager and everything should be ok?


You would need to install Steinberg Activation Manager on the old computer to be able to activate the update license (if you activate the license on the old computer).

Unfortunately, Steinberg Activation Manager doesn’t run on my old Windows 7 computer :frowning: I only have eLicenser Control Center and Steinberg Download Assistant active.
So I have to activate Cubase 12EL on the old computer but not install it, then do the “reactivation” option on the account and install everything on the new computer?


If you cannot install Steinberg Activation Manager on the old computer, you cannot activate Cubase Elements 12 there. You have to reactivate your Cubase 9.5 Elements license to the new computer first. Then update the license (via Steinberg Activation Manager) on the new computer.

Ok, thank you very much for your help :slight_smile: I hope everything goes smoothly :slight_smile: