Your Activation Key For Sage 50 Has Expired: Here are the 3 steps to follow


At times, some errors happen when you try to open your Sage 50. One of the most common errors include the message, “Your Activation Key For Sage 50 Has Expired”. These errors can hinder the progression of your task, which could result in either waste of resources or monetary losses. 

If you are like us and do not welcome any losses then its better you get yourself connected with Sage telephone support to get easy assistance for your problems. With that said, lets figure out your issue and find out the most optimal solution.

Why you see “Your Activation Key For Sage 50 Has Expired” error?

An error appears on your computer screen when you try to open your Sage 50. Which reads something like this:

The activation key for the program has been expired;


Cannot Open this program on the workstation;


Cannot open this program on the server; which could be instantly followed by, ‘You have reached the maximum allowed connections’.


  1. The program pervasive might’ve gotten damaged somehow.
  2. Some files in the data path have been damaged.
  3. The data path is not correctly set on the workstation.

Getting Rid of the Sage 50 Expired License Key Error:

No matter how stressful an error is, it could be easily resolved through a proper method. Follow these steps to resolve the issue for good:

Steps to fix “Your Activation Key For Sage 50 Has Expired”:

  1. You will need to rename certain files in your data path, namely:
    • Envuser.dat,
    • Envsess.dat,
    • Envsetng.dat,
    • Options.dat,
    • Serial.dat,
    • Serial.dat.bak,
    • Clientinfo.xml,
    • Entitlements.xml,
    • Software Installations.xml.
  2. Renaming the above-mentioned files should resolve the issue.
  3. Now try to open Sage 50. If the error persists, follow the next segment:
Your Activation Key For Sage 50 Has Expired

Troubleshooting the Issue by Installing Pervasive again:

  1. Removing Pervasive: Shut down Sage 50 Accounting- US Edition.
  2. Hit Windows+R Key on your keyboard.
  3. Type down Control Panel in the given field, and hit Ok.
  4. Go to Program and Features.
  5. Find listed versions of Pervasive PSQL Workgroup Engine and uninstall them.
  6. Exit the Control Panel.
  7. Once again hit Windows+R Key, type C: and hit
  8. Delete any folder or files that you find related to keywords pvsw, pvswarch, PSQL_v[version number]_Install.log.
  9. Go to C:Windows and delete log (If there is).
  10. Now go to C:ProgramData.
  11. Find Pervasive Software folder and rename it to OldPervasive Folder.
  12. Go to C:Program Files or C:Program Files (x86)
  13. Find Pervasive Software folder and rename it to OldPervasive Folder.
  14. Go to C:Program FilesCommon Files or C:Program Files (x86)Common Files.
  15. Find Pervasive Software Shared folder and rename it to OldPervasive Folder Shared.
  16. Close the window.
  17. One more time hit Windows+R Key, enter regedit and hit
  18. Right-click on Computer, Export, to save the Registry backup to your desktop.
  19. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareWow6432Node
  20. Delete Pervasive Software and
  21. Finally, close the Registry Editor.
  22. Removing Activation files in the data path:
    • Remove these files: DAT.BAK, SERIAL.DAT, ClientInfo.xml, Entitlements.xml, SoftwareInstallations.xml, Any *.PTL files, Any *.LCK files.
  23. Manually Reinstalling the Pervasive:
    • Go to C:SageSage50_[XXXX] (Where XXXX is the version)
    • Access the folder- PervasiveMin
    • Right-click msi and select Run. Hit Next.
    • After accepting the License Agreement, follow Run as a Service> Complete> Next> Install> Finish.

Follow this guideline if the data path is not correctly set on the workstation:

  1. Start with confirming the location of data on the server.
  2. Now generate a new text file in the location of data.
  3. Go to Workstation and locate the path given in the configuration file.
  4. Follow the given path and ensure that you find the text file we created in the second step.
  5. In case you can’t find said text file, ensure that the mapped drive to the location of data is there. If not, create one.
  6. Now edit the configuration file we looked for in the third step to redirect to the correct location of data.

The error should now disappear.

Reach us:

In case you are still figuring out the solution for the error, “Your Activation Key For Sage 50 Has Expired” then now its time you reach out for Sage technical Support. You can call at our toll-free helpline number +1855-481-5340 to get yourself sorted instantly over phone. AskforAccounting houses certified Sage experts that can get your issue fixed in no time. Thus worry no more and connect with us now.