Install or Reinstall TeamViewer 11/12/13 Personal (Non-Commercial) License on Windows Server (2012/2012 R2/2016 etc) [Updated Dec 2017]
After running out of the TeamViewer commercial trial period I sought to find a solution to the problem of having to buy an expensive licence for my home server (which is only used for non-commercial personal use).
[Update Dec 2017]: I can confirm that these procedures still apply and work with Teamviewer version 12 and 13 also (as tested on Windows Server 2016).
Procedure A: If TeamViewer is NOT Already Installed (Note: If it is already installed, then first follow procedure B. below)
- Download and Run the installer downloaded from http://www.teamviewer.com/. On the Welcome to TeamViewer page be sure to check the "Show advanced settings" check box (outlined in red at bottom left in picture), then click "Accept - next".
- Leave the "Advanced settings" installation window open (as shown above) and start Windows Explorer (i.e. the file manager, not Internet Explorer). Now go to your temp directory by typing "%tmp%" into the location bar and hitting enter.
- Go to the Detailed view (View -> Details), and sort at the Date modified column.
- Open the nsxXXXX.tmp directory (where the Xes are some random characters/numbers)
- Inside that directory open the "start_unicode.ini" file with Notepad or Notepad++.
- Change the value of Flags= key item in [Field 5] and [Field 4] by swapping their values between DISABLED and GROUP|NOTIFY so you have Flags=GROUP|NOTIFY in [Field 5].
- Then also swap the values of the State= item of [Field 5] and [Field 4] so that only [Field 5] has the value of State=1 (i.e. Field 4 must be 0).
- Save and close the file.
- Maximize your TeamViewer installation window again and click "Finish" to complete the installation.
Procedure B: If TeamViewer is already installed (i.e. Commercial Trial version)
- Uninstall TeamViewer (best way is to use CCleaner)https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
- Click Start then type ‘%appdata%’ – now delete the Teamviewer folder
- Click Start the type %temp% and delete the contents of this folder as well as the C:\Windows\temp folder
- Click Start then type ‘regedit’, delete the registry folder found at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\TeamViewer & the folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TeamViewer
- (Choosing remove settings when uninstalling is also sufficient)
- Then goto C:\Users\(Your username)\AppData\Roaming > delete the Teamviewer folder [you might have to make hidden folders visible to see it or just type the path into the address bar]
- NOTE: Previous procedures request you restart your PC at this point. My testing did not find this was necessary.
- Now change your MAC address, either manually or with a tool like TMAC
- YOU MUST change ALL the MAC address on multiple network interface connections including virtual ones (i.e. as used by Hyper-V or other hypervisors)
- Now Re-Install TeamViewer [You should see your PC has a new TeamViewer ID] AS PER THE PROCEDURE ABOVE. YOU MUST DO IT THIS WAY!
- NOTE: Some previously published procedures request you restart your PC at this point this is not usually necessary in my experience to test.
BEWARE! If you run later TeamViewer updates without following Procedure A above you will likely need to follow Procedure B again later with the down side of again having to change all the NIC MAC addresses again :-(
Note: The procedures were developed and modified from these previous ones...
NOTE: These methods also work on HyperV Server 2012 and 2012 R2 with the exception you will need to install Explorer++ (or other independent file manager) first.