"This serial number cannot be used for ABBYY FineReader PDF" error during activation


When trying to activate the program with a serial number of a license, the error message appears:

This serial number cannot be used for ABBYY FineReader PDF <version>. Please check the serial number and try again.


The error message can appear if you are trying to activate a different version of the program, not the one you have a license for.


To resolve the issue, please follow the steps below:

  1. Check the serial number you use.
    The serial number of the license can be used for activating only the corresponding version of the program.
  2. Install the corresponding version of ABBYY software: FineReader download links.
    Make sure that the license you use corresponds to the version of the program you are trying to activate. 

If the issue has not been resolved, please submit a request.

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