When QuarkXPress Won’t Activate

Recently, I had to have the motherboard replaced on my MacBook Pro. When I got it back, I migrated all my files back onto it. I expected QuarkXPress 7 to require reactivation, but was surprised that it wouldn’t. It complained about not being able to write to the activation database (or something).

The quick and painless fix was to double-click the “QuarkXPress Components” file that lives inside the “For System” folder inside the QuarkXPress application folder. Apparently it reinstalled whatever hidden activation database file was required, and the next time I launched QuarkXPress it activated without a complaint. Go figure.

I’ll keep this trick tucked away for the next time one of our Macs needs some surgery.