1. Jon Beining
    January 26, 2017 @ 3:13 pm

    I installed this version and it is asking me to buy a new license. Is this correct?


    • Martin Rothschink
      January 26, 2017 @ 5:48 pm

      Hi Jon, probably yes.
      You should have a 30 day trial license after installation.
      You can’t use an existing 1.6 license. 2.0 is a major release and requires a new license.
      See day 29 and 30 of the blog series.


  2. Paul
    January 14, 2018 @ 9:12 pm

    When I run the client installer on Windows 10 I get the message “The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it”. What does this mean?


  3. Ken Bostock
    April 11, 2019 @ 10:27 pm

    Hi Martin,

    This is a great program! I’m setting up a home server with Windows 2012 R2 essentials installed. The question is whether LightsOut2 will work on a client (Windows 10 Pro PC) that has skipped the domain join protocol and joined the server as part of the homegroup?

    LightsOut2 installed on the server without a hitch. The problem started when I tried to access the client installation software from the server. That didn’t work so I created a preconfigured client package which I was able to install. That’s as far as I got. What I’m seeing is a ? in the light-bulb. Apparently that means it can client can’t find the server although, I’ve tried signing in as administrator as well as a standard user and in both cases have access to the server file folders.

    I’m beginning to think that LightsOut2 won’t work on a client that isn’t part of the domain.

    Thanks so much.



    • Martin Rothschink
      April 12, 2019 @ 10:06 am

      Hi Ken,

      it does not matter if the client is domain joined or not.
      If you can’t open the download page on http://your-server-name-here:7782, then a client connection will also fail.

      Please check if your server network is set to a domain or private network. It does not work if it’s a public network because the firewall blocks the connection for public networks. Go to “Network and sharing center” to verify.

      If that does not help, then please open a ticket and attach your server log files. Simply zip the whole folder c:\programdata\LightsOut2\Logs (via right click, send to compressed folder) and attach the archive to the ticket. If you do not see a folder c:\programdata, then open explorer options and enable “show hidden files and folders”.



      • Ken Bostock
        April 17, 2019 @ 8:03 pm

        Hey Martin,

        Problem solved! As you suggested, the network was set to public. After I changed the startup of Network Location Awareness service to Delayed Start the network was reset to Domain.

        I’ve run Lights-Out2 on my (home) Windows Server 2012 R2 for a week and the WOL and backups have worked flawlessly.

        I really appreciate the technical assistance even though I was using Lights-Out on a 30 day trial.

        Now that I know it works with my new server I’ve bought the home license.




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