BandLab Assistant provides the easiest way to install Cakewalk. Simply log in with your BandLab account and BandLab Assistant simplifies the download and installation process. For details, see BandLab Assistant.
If you are installing from a digital download: Locate the file
Cakewalk_by_BandLab_Setup.exe that was saved to your computer's hard drive and double-click on it to begin the installation.
4. Click the Install button.
BandLab Assistant is an application that lets you access both BandLab and Cakewalk content. Use the Apps tab to install, update, and open Cakewalk and related content like demo projects and instrument packs. Use the Sounds tab to drag over 2,000 free loops into your projects.
1. Download BandLab Assistant from , then install it on your computer.
3. Type your BandLab account user name and password, then click Log in. If you do not yet have an account, click Sign up now.
4. Click the Apps tab to show available applications. Under Cakewalk by BandLab, click Install. BandLab Assistant will download and install Cakewalk.
5. When installation is complete, click Open to open Cakewalk.
2. Click the Apps tab.
3. Under Cakewalk by BandLab, click the drop-down arrow next to the Open button, then click Uninstall.Activation is the process by which Cakewalk validates that your software is genuine and being used in accordance with the license agreement. Cakewalk can be activated by an online or offline process.A toast notification appears at the bottom of the screen to inform you if Cakewalk has not been activated yet. If your computer is connected to the internet, go to Help > Refresh Activation.In order to automatically keep your activation status up to date, Cakewalk will renew your activation status whenever a new version of the application is installed and run for the first time, and when you sign in to BandLab from within Cakewalk. If you have never signed in to BandLab from within Cakewalk, you will be prompted once to sign in.You will see a “Cakewalk activation has been refreshed” message on starting the application for the first time. If you were not signed in to BandLab, you will be prompted to sign in, after which it will auto renew the activation status. Note that you must have an active internet connection for the automatic renewal process to work.As long as you stay logged in to BandLab within Cakewalk, and use Cakewalk occasionally, it will automatically stay activated with no further user intervention required.If Cakewalk is installed on a computer that is not connected to the internet, you can use offline activation as long as you have access to another computer that is connected to the internet. To use offline activation, follow these steps:
1. In Cakewalk, go to Help > Offline Activation > Export Activation Request to open the Save activation request dialog box.Cakewalk saves a Activation request.crq file. This file is encrypted and machine-specific, and can only be used to activate Cakewalk on the machine that was originally used to create the Activation request.crq file.By default, Cakewalk appends a timestamp to the file name, using the following format: <Month><Day><Year>_<Hour><Minute>. For example: 032820_1157Activation request.crq.
3. Copy the Activation request.crq file to removable media, such as a USB flash drive, that you can transfer to another computer that is connected to the internet.
5. Click the Apps tab.
6. Under Cakewalk by BandLab, click the drop-down arrow next to the Open button, then click Process Offline Activation Request.If activation is granted, BandLab Assistant generates a Activation response.dat file.
7. Copy the Activation response.dat file to removable media that you can transfer back to your offline Cakewalk computer.
8. In Cakewalk, go to Help > Offline Activation > Import Activation Response to open the Import activation response dialog box.
9. Select the Activation response.dat file and click Open.
Tip - Searching Documentation
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When the search results appear, click which product's documentation you would like to search to filter the search results further.
Note - Using Offline Help
Note: If you prefer to always use offline Help, go to Edit > Preferences > File > Advanced in your Cakewalk software and select Always Use Offline Help.
If you are not connected to the internet, your Cakewalk software will default to showing offline help until an internet connection becomes available.