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How to import an enabling code (FSC) with BMW ICOM ISTA-P


How to import an enabling code (FSC) with BMW ICOM ISTA-P


This the user manual to help import enabling codes (FSC) with BMW ICOM ISTA/P programming software.




– ZIP archive file with:

  • release code (FSC) file (.xml)

e.g., FZ38042_00020001.xml

  • certificate file (.der)

e.g., FZ38042_00020001.der

– Media to copy the files on

  • USB stick (recommended)
  • CD-ROM media and CD/DVD burner
  • Floppy disc


Important Notes

  1. This import function neither writes the code to the vehicle nor activates the associated function in the vehicle.

The activation will be requested during the measures plan realization.

  1. When using a USB stick ensure, that it’s formatted as a removable disc (usually default format). Otherwise the stick will not be recognized by ISTA/P.
  2. The FSC file (.xml) & the certificate file (.der) need to be extracted on the media. Do not copy the ZIP archive file on the media.




Select Data management


Select Import activation code and click Import



Insert the media (e.g. USB stick) in ISSS and click OK


Select VIN

Check that the certificate is present. If the certificate column reads not fitted, the .der file is missing on the media and it’s impossible to activate.

Click Start Import



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