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error code 12157 is encountered when attempting to activate Designer Pro+

Customers on Windows 7 or 8 may encounter the following dialog when attempting to activate the program 

The program connects securely with our servers during activation and the error code suggests your system does not support the TLS 1.2 protocol used during the connection attempt. 

This issue can usually be solved by ensuring you have applied the latest windows updates. If problems persist then please follow the information presented in the Microsoft support article here prior to retrying to activate Designer Pro+

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