Friday, October 26, 2007

Use a trial software for indefinite time without using crack

What do you do when the trials period of a demo software has expired? Either buy it or crack it. I don't condone piracy, at least not publicly, but then, I know how easy it is to say "buy it". Paying for your operating system or a word package is alright, but spending $29 for a ping pong game is something not many people are willing to do. What will you do if you want to use the software for just a few more days? Well, there are some softwares that we can use and exploit them to serve our sinister purpose. :^) Here are three of them.

1. Altiris Software Virtualization Solution: You have heard about virtualization software that creates a virtual machine on top of an operating system. Altiris Software Virtualization does the same but at the software level. It virtualizes individual software installations. Altiris SVS installs each application in it's own virtual layer and grabs all changes to the Registry and file system (including added and deleted files) that the installer makes and puts them in the layer. Thereafter, the virtualization software directs file and Registry calls to the layer or to the base system as appropriate. The SVS-installed app looks perfectly normal, but disappears without a trace when you deactivate the layer. It doesn't even show in Windows Explorer unless you turn the layer on. A perfect solution if you want to hide some program.

SVS allows you to instantly activate, deactivate, or reset applications and to completely avoid conflicts between applications, without altering the base Windows installation. What all this means is that you can install and reinstall softwares that has a trial period, several times over. Just delete the layer and begin a fresh installation.

A free version of SVS is available for download through PCmag's website.

2. Sandboxie: Another software that has a similar working principle. When you run a program on your computer, data flows from the hard disk to the program via read operations. The data is then processed and displayed, and finally flows back from the program to the hard disk via write operations. Sandboxie changes the rules such that write operations do not make it back to your hard disk.

The illustration shows the key component of Sandboxie: a transient storage area, or sandbox. Data flows in both directions between programs and the sandbox. During read operations, data may flow from the hard disk into the sandbox. But data never flows back from the sandbox into the hard disk. The transient nature of the sandbox makes it is easy to get rid of everything in it. If you were to throw away the sandbox, by deleting everything in it, the sandboxed statistics would be gone for good, as if they had never been there in the first place.

3. Total Uninstall: Total Uninstall does exactly what it says - totally uninstall an application. It can monitor any changes made to your system during the installation of a new application and then allows you to perform a complete uninstall without leaving any trace behind. Normal uninstallation procedure are not entirely complete. It leaves traces of files behind on your system that prevents you from performing a second installation after the trial period of the application has expired.

Total Uninstall creates a snapshot of your system prior to installing a new application. It then takes an additional snapshot after the installation has completed. It then compares the two snapshots and displays all changes in a graphical tree view, marking all registry values and/or files that have been added, changed or deleted. Total Uninstall saves these changes and if you decide to uninstall the application, it will reverse the changes to the previous state. Any other computer activity during this period that makes changes to the file system and/or registry will also be monitored.

Download Total Uninstall.

Before you uninstall an application using these softwares, don't forget to make a backup of the saved files that were created using the application you want to uninstall. Locate the folder where the saved files are located, backup the files, uninstall and reinstall the trial software and then replace the saved files to continue using the application.


  1. TrialReset V4.0Final is another solution (make sure you get this version because av's will report infections in earlier versions). Search Google to find it.

    It works by cleaning your registry of the nasty keys that trial programs put there (and other registry cleaners won't touch). As far as the legal jibbir jabbir goes, don't know but I figure it's your damned machine and registry and you ought to be able to clean it anyway that you want. In fact, it is these trial programs that are in the wrong since they are contaminating your registry without your consent.

    Not that *I* use TrialReset, of course. I'm just sayin'.

  2. Anon, Awesome tip - thanks a million, that's the tool I was after! :)

    For some reason, ASProtect still works in a sandbox, which eludes me as to why, but your advice allows me to just zap those keys.


  3. I just bought a new laptop, it say that it comes with a full version of office 2007, but when I opened it was just a trial version, how can keep using it?

  4. These tricks won't work with Office 2007. But you can install Office 2010 (free trial version) and then rearm it a number of times to extend the trial period to 180 days.

    Of course, cracks are available, but that won't be discussed here.

  5. this is really cool and the other thing you can do is changing the system time manually as mentioned n this post :

  6. @Himanshu Negi.When you change system's time manually ,that is better not to be used in your basic pc,because,when date is wrong,e-mail client or social networks do not work...

  7. What about already installed - end_of_trail_period - uninstalled program? It's Zend Studio. I've even cleaned the registry manually, folder by folder with "Zend" search word, but anyway it says that I'm trying to use it for the 2nd time. Which software can help then? Or maybe any advice.
    Thank you


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