I recently ran into a problem to activate corel draw X7. Normally, I have corel draw x7  installed and running for some months now without any issue but the problem started a few weeks ago which is based on Corel Draw fair policy.

The problem started after I did windows update on Windows 10, restarted and connected my laptop to the internet then i received this message when I started corel draw x7.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

This software is operating under an invalid license. It has therefore switched to Viewer Mode. All save, export and print features are now permanently disabled. To continue using CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, you must purchase a legitimate copy. Take advantage of our amnesty program to buy an authorized version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 at a special low price. This exclusive offer is available through this message only.

At first I thought the problem was from the windows update I did but then I discovered that the main issue was from corel draw x7 accessing the internet, so I embarked on operation “How to block internet connection on corel draw”.

I did some research, watched some videos but this one makes sense and helped me one of the steps I took to totally block corel draw from accessing the internet which makes me activate corel draw x7 for life

How to Activate Corel Draw x7 for Life

To activate corel draw x7 for life using my method you need to totally block all internet connections corel draw sends out using the internet. So, you are not blocking your internet but you are blocking corel draw from using the internet.There are 4 necessary steps to take to enable 100% activation for life.

  1. Uninstall Corel draw X7 and install it
  2. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
  3. Block host file
  4. Allow/Block an app in Windows Firewall Setting

 

#1. Uninstall Corel draw X7 and install it

This is the very first thing I recommend you should do. Uninstall corel draw X7 from your computer and install it back on your computer. After that start the activation process.

 

#2. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

This method is explained in this video, but for those who can’t watch the video for reasons best known to them i will include the steps below.

  • Open Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

  • Click on “Inbound Rules“.

  • Right Click on corel draw and click “Disable Rule“.

  • Select Corel Draw x7, it can be any edition of corel draw. Click on “New Rule“.

  • Select “Programs” and click on Next.

  • This program path” click on Browse and locate where corel draw is installed. Corel draw default install location is C:/Program Files/Corel/Programs64/CorelDRW.exe

  • Click “Block this connection” which is block corel draw from accessing the internet.

  • Give your new rule a name. I gave mine “Corel Draw Block“. You can give your new rule any name of your choice.

#3. Block Windows Host File

This second step is easier than the first step which basically needs you to add to two lines of words to a notepad document and save, Pretty easy right?

  • Open windows explorer by going to “This PC” or “My computer“.
  • Navigate to Windows – System 32 -drivers – etc – hosts.

  • Right click on hosts and go to properties. Un-tick Read Only.

  • Tick on Security Tab, then click on Edit and tick the following boxes on all accounts listed there.
    • Full control
    • Modify
    • Read & execute
    • Read
    • Write

  • Click on Apply. Press Yes.

  • Right click on the host file, open with Notepad.

  • Open. Paste this two lines in the host
127.0.0.1 mc.corel.com

127.0.0.1 apps.corel.com

  • Save.

#4. Allow/Block an app in Windows Firewall Setting

This is the easiest step. Please follow my instructions.

  • Press Windows Key and type in “Firewall“. Select Allow an app through windows firewall

  • Click on “Change Settings” and scroll down to where you see corel draw and the rule you created in step 1.

  • Untick Corel Draw X7, PHOTO-PAINT X7 and the rule you created.

  • That’s everything.

73 COMMENTS

    • If your corel draw x7 hasn’t been blocked that means if your corel draw is in viewer mode, please uninstall and install it back then block your internet using these 3 methods for best result.

  1. i am using corel x8 and the the method explain above,,, sucks,,, coz i did the same as quoted above but it does not works,, i am still facing the same problem with corel x8…

  2. mine just switched to viewer mode now. it did like that before and i uninstalled and installed again. i will install it again and do this. lets see!

  3. Hi, you explain about 3 steps how to block corel x7. Those are,
    1. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
    2. Block host file
    3. Allow/Block an app in Windows Firewall Setting
    So, step 1 and 2 are OK. But what is 3? How do I do it? Please explain.

    PS,
    If I have said that the problem was resolved by my earlier comment, unfortunately still remain the problem.

    • Step 3 is the easiest step. Go to windows firewall, click on allow or block an app … untick all corel draw entries.. that’s it

  4. hi paul
    i just got the alert too… it says im on the viewer mode.I switched off the internet by the first step mentioned.
    What if i don’t do the other two …what should i be expecting ? Would the viewer mode still be activated ?
    also, am i supposed to follow all 3 steps first and then re-install the corel ? or reinstall first …? sorry im quite ignorant in techy stuff…the last time i messed with this..some DLL files got deleted and i had to reformat my system . so super scared…please help

  5. Hi Paul

    I followed ur steps while installing coreldraw 2017 graphics suite ,….n it was working fine . until today it asked me to feed my email address and I recd a mail to authenticate my mail…though after that its working fine but I don’t know why it came if the internet connection was blocked. any clue?

    the last 2 steps were not showing the way it showed in ur steps ,,,

    thanks.

    • The sign in page is normal but just close it, it would pop out once in a while but it wouldn’t affect the activation, if you did it very well.

      You mentioned something was wrong in the last 2 steps? Please explain. Thank you

    • My method still works 100%. I activated corel draw x7 for someone this week. This method can’t be busted because we have blocked all the ways corel draw gets internet access from the computer. Unless corel draw creates a new way of accessing internet.

      • Hi,
        I am trying to reinstall Corel, but it won’t accept my activation code. It says the serial is invalid when generated from the keygen.
        So now Corel is installed, but won’t open.
        I tried blocking the internet connection as you showed above, but it still says that time is up and I have to activate the program.
        Do you have any advice of what to do?
        Thanks in advance

        • Uninstall corel draw totally. Turn off your internet before installing a new corel draw.

          After you insert the activation code, it would show invalid code on corel draw but the next page it would be activated.

          All through the installation, turn off your internet.

          • Hi again,
            I tried uninstalling completely and blocking internet connection while installing again. Then I did everything that you listed above, but when I started Corel the popup appeared again stating that “time is up” and wanted to activate Corel.
            First I uninstalled the program from “Programs and features” in control panel then I deleted all files and folders containing the word “corel” that I could find when searching in the drive partition where the program was installed.
            Is there anything else that I can do in order to delete completely all traces of Corel on my PC so I can do a clean installation?
            Thanks again

  6. Very useful information and very appreciate.
    But I do not understand the last three steps.
    Sorry to ask, but I hope there is a capture image. piz.
    thank you.

      • # 3 Allow / Block an app in Windows Firewall Setting
        Step 3 is the easiest step. Go to windows firewall, click on or block an app … Untick all corel draw entries .. that’s it

        >>> I do not understand the third step.

        I have a different computer environment with you.
        I would like a picture for this part. If possible.
        Thank you.

          • I feel so much gratitude for your consideration.
            Thanks to you, I can easily understand good information and thanks again.
            Many other people would appreciate it.

            Have a good day.

            ^________^

          • I feel so much gratitude for your consideration.
            Thanks to you, I can easily understand good information and thanks again.
            Many other people would appreciate it.

            Have a good day.

  7. Hi Paul,

    thanks for your help.

    I have 2 questions.
    I get the message, but still my corel is working. DO I need to reinstall or it is enough to go through with the fix?

    And also I have a problem with saving the host file in notepad. For some reason it says I don’t have a permission.
    How can I do it?

    Thanks.

    • You are welcome.

      The solution to your first question is after you get the fair policy message, it takes some days before your corel draw x7 turns to viewers mode which means it has been blocked. So, I will advice you to uninstall your corel draw and re-install then activating it for life using my steps.

      The second question about permissions has already been answered in the post above. Check the step 2 which is #2. Block Windows Host File. You need to give permission to edit the host file and I have already explained how you would do so above.

      Thank you for visiting, nairatips.

  8. please help me I was trying to do step 2 but it says i don’t have permission in spite of doing the step 9f the security tab. What should I do?

    • To install it again, you need to have the windows setup file to start the installation process after that run the installation using typical settings, wait for it to finish installing then run keygen.

  9. Is it possible that it manages somehow to revert settings you explained how to change? I did it like 15 or more times and it always works for a week and it manages to connect again and revert to viewer mode.

    • I’m sorry Sasa but once you do all 3 steps well, you won’t need to do it again because I have personally activated more than 10 systems with corel draw x7 and I did it only once, up till today it’s still working.

  10. Hello, i have been using CorelDraw X3 trial version and the period has expired but i want to activate it using the activation code and i have tried all possible means such as using keygens and various online tutorials, pls i use this program for my everyday job at the office and i havent been able to use it for about a week now, I need help on activating it…
    Thanks,

    • Uninstall first. Clear all corel draw X3 related folders, clear temp folder and install it back.

      Crack the software then block internet connection.

      Sorry for my late reply.

  11. i have not tried this but bro paul i wish i could meet you face to face or even have the privilege of knowing you. you are a blessing continue touching lives i am yemi by the way and i am also into programming python to be precise but i need some you know get around some areas….

    • Please send a screenshot if you can. To my understanding, when you install corel draw a rule is automatically created and you should see it there, kindly make sure corel draw x7 is installed.

  12. Regarding Method 2, it should be the Outgoing Rules, NOT the Inbound.
    You want to make sure the program cant call out (Outgoing) to its home base via the internet.
    Inbound would mean they must know your number (IP), which if they do, you have bigger problems.
    Just my 2 cents!

  13. Hi. My corel-draw x7 hasn’t entered viewing mode yet, but I just did these your steps. Will it still enter viewing mode after the trial period is over even though I carried out your steps earlier enough? Thank you.

    • I’m not sure but what I can say is since you just did the steps that means your Corel draw doesn’t have access to internet anymore. This should solve your problem but if it enters viewing mode that means the policy has already affected your Corel draw and it’s only waiting for the trial period to end before it takes effect.

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