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How to Install ETKA Hardlock Driver on Windows 10

ETKA is an electronic catalogue for Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda vehicles. It contains information about spare parts, accessories, repair manuals and diagrams. ETKA requires a dongle (a hardware device) to run, which provides security and licensing for the software. The dongle uses a Hardlock driver, which is a software component created by Aladdin Knowledge Systems. The Hardlock driver ensures that the dongle is recognized by the system and prevents unauthorized access to the software.

In this article, we will show you how to install the ETKA Hardlock driver on Windows 10, which is necessary for using ETKA on this operating system. We will also provide some tips and troubleshooting steps in case you encounter any problems during the installation process.

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Step 1: Download the Hardlock Driver

The first step is to download the Hardlock driver from the official website of Thales, which is the company that acquired Aladdin Knowledge Systems in 2009. You can find the download link [here]. On the support page, click on "Click here to download the file" and accept the End User License Agreement. The file name is and it contains the setup file for the Hardlock driver.

Step 2: Extract and Run the Setup File

The next step is to extract the zip file to a folder on your computer. You can use any software that can handle zip files, such as WinRAR or 7-Zip. After extracting the file, open the folder and double-click on the HASPUserSetup.exe file. This will launch the setup wizard for the Hardlock driver. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. You may need to restart your computer after the installation is finished.

Step 3: Verify that the Hardlock Driver is Working

The final step is to verify that the Hardlock driver is working properly and that your dongle is detected by your system. To do this, you can use a tool called Sentinel Admin Control Center, which is a web-based application that allows you to manage your dongles and licenses. You can access this tool by opening your web browser and typing in the address bar. This will open a page that shows information about your dongles and licenses. You should see your dongle listed under "Sentinel Keys" with a green icon indicating that it is connected and working.

Tips and Troubleshooting

If you encounter any problems during or after installing the Hardlock driver, here are some tips and troubleshooting steps that may help you:

  • Make sure that your dongle is plugged into a USB port on your computer before installing or running ETKA. If you plug or unplug your dongle while ETKA is running, it may cause errors or crashes.

  • Make sure that you have downloaded and installed the latest version of ETKA from a reliable source. You can find more information about how to install ETKA 8.1 on Windows 10 [here].

  • If you receive a DLL error when installing or running ETKA, you may need to use a DLL patch that fixes some compatibility issues with Windows 10. You can find more information about how to use this patch [here].

  • If you have a 64-bit operating system, you may need to use an application called ApplicationX64, which allows ETKA to run on 64-bit systems. You can find more information about how to use this application [here].

  • If you have any questions or issues regarding your dongle or license, you can contact Thales support through their website or phone number.

We hope that this article has helped you install the ETKA Hardlock driver on Windows 10 successfully. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please let us know in the comments section below.

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