Where do the shareware programs keep their records?

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    Lightbulb Where do the shareware programs keep their records?

    Where do those shareware programs keep their records? (i.e, "Your time is up, please register to continue using this software.")

    I have cleared the registrey them put it back with the backup from before the installation, so it can't be that. And it doesn't add any new files in the system partition either. And re-installing doesn't work.

    Where and how (and how can I do it), do they do it?

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    I guess it's some very protected file which is hard to find or read. Maybe some programs just hold the data in the server and they can access it with your MAC address or something.

    Queatrix, I really think your in the wrong forum, this should be in the "Tech Board" or "General Discussions".
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    How about actually paying for programs you find useful rather than finding interesting ways of getting round it?
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    If he would want to get around it, he would open google and type in "crack".
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    The registry is used most of the times. A hidden (read concealed) key/value pair is created somewhere in the registry. The key name bears no relation to the program that created it. When the program is uninstalled this key is left behind untouched so that any subsequent installation still reads the previous key.
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    Set the clock back to last year. It might work.
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    Damn. That means if you use many trial programs your registry will be full of trash. That's why I have to do format so often. Burn those programs!!!
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    > But Salem is right.

    There is nothing in the OP question indicating they wanted information on how to crack a program.
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    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    If you want to know where it puts it, just download a free registry monitor ( http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Regmon.html ) and watch what it sees when you install a trial version.
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    Salem,

    I was asking more so for how I can do it my self, not for how I can by-pass them ... although I wouldn't mind knowing how to do so.

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    >> Damn. That means if you use many trial programs your registry
    >> will be full of trash. That's why I have to do format so often.
    >> Burn those programs!!!

    I don't think the registry is your problem.

    BTW: You just gave away your deep dark secret: You use lots of shareware.

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    citizen, what's that link for?
    Last edited by Queatrix; 10-08-2006 at 02:58 PM.

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    Damn right. I don't have a problem
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    I mean your computer not you.

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