Reset Trial Software and Extend Evaluation period to run forever

Some program runs fully functional for a limited period of time say- 30 or 45 days. These are called as Sharewares ans stops executing after that period of time and asks you to purchase the program. Well, you can by pass trial period restriction extend it by running a program in the date and time that you specify without changing System’s Date and Time.

Unfortunately, you only get 30 to 90 days of time to use any product on demo trial basis then, you need to upgrade it to full version or say purchase it. But Now, you can save your money by using the same software forever without paying any cost.

Good thing about this program is that it doesn’t requires installation and you can run multiple trial software at different timings and date. It intercepts the kernel API calls that returns the current date and time (GetSystemTime, GetLocalTime, GetSystemTimeAsFileTime), and replaces the current date/time with the date/time that you specify.

How to run Trial software forever?

TimeStopper

TimeStopper is a small program which stops the time for any software executable file and hence facilitates you to use extended trial version of the program. After downloading, Just browse the EXE file of that program generally located in C:\Program Files and select the new installation date. Your program is now extended to another 30 / 90 days depending on the software.

Time Stopper Working demo

Now that you are ready with time stopper, You must remember that the new date will be the date you installed the trial software. This will maximize the Trial period, so just keep the installation dates of trial software noted in a text file.

Download: Time Stopper

Run As Date

Download and install Run as date. Target the location of the EXE application of the trial software you want to run which is generally in ( C:\Program Files \ Program Folder ) Specify the desired time and date at which you want the software to run. This should be in the past like Yesterday or 5-6 days before. Please note that- You should not take this date before the installation date as some programmers are clever enough to block software and end your trial period.

Extend run trial software forever

Then, You can either run program directly or create a custom shortcut for the modified program. In this way, you will be able to use  fully functional version of that software forever by repeating the same procedure.

Extend run trial software forever

Above window shows expired trial of a program which is asking me to enter License key to unlock. I tried it opening at a specific date using Run as Date and full 45 Days of Trial period was retained.

Extend run trial software forever

So, I can run this software for next 45 days more without any interruption and actually purchasing license.

Extend run trial software forever

Here is another program on which I tried extending its trial period of 30 days. I cannot guarantee that this software will be able to crack and extend trial period of any software but most of them can be done. This may not be able to crack Antivirus or Internet Security programs which generally stores this data on Web servers which cannot be hacked. This tutorial should be taken for education and testing purpose only and not for any illegal usage.

Note : This program just extends the trial limit of any software by changing the installation date. It doesn’t mean that you get the Full version of that produce. It means that the demo software (with limitation if present) will be available forever.

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Rohit Langde is Founder and Editor-in-chief of Blogsolute. Tech Blogger by Passion & Profession | Mechanical Engineer by Qualification | Introverted Geek by Choice

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  1. Ashwin says:

    Nice share Rohit, im going to try this with Roboform free. It stores unlimited passcards if you have the pro version, but only 10 if we have the free version

  2. VIKASH says:

    I will give a try
    thanks for sharing

  3. tyler78 says:

    it’s just what i needed. thank you very much.

  4. Vishnu says:

    sir,

    I used a software named Magic folder. I used to change my date and time wen using it ,, but it is not working now .. can i do anything by deleting registry file ??
    cant use d program even after re-installing .. where is these kind of data stored(date of evaluation period) ?

  5. abhishek says:

    hi rohit,
    i am using bulk image down loader, but now its trial period is over,
    so when i start it,it gives only limited functions
    i have tried to reset date and time,also deleted its entries from registry.
    but i cant get it worked.
    any idea to get it worked without limitations.
    thanks.

  6. Dr. Hubert Hechabarria says:

    Dear Rohit Langde:

    English is not my primary language. Sorry I do not undersand this portion. Do I change the date, prior to hitting finish/run software, or do I run the software with the original evaluation, and then change the evaluation backward from the date of installation.

    Most of my software is donated as I have no personal credit card and I perform my work since 1967 for no personal financial compensation. Do have personal money to purchase sofware. (If really need a certain software the company will not donate, the I would like to extend the valuation if and when possible.

    Thanks in advance for your anwer.

    Best regards.
    Dr. Hubert Hechabarria

    My name is Dr. Hubert Hechabarria, Lic: D.G.P. 1394377 D.P.E. 8734 (12-1). Fed. Lic. 86-0651902. I have been a volunteer medical doctor since 1967 working in refugee camps world-wide (All war zones).

    In my position I don’t have a personal credit card or bank account.

    I returned from two years in Afghanistan and two years in Iraq. Now I am in the interior of Panama, Republic of Panama working with Indigenous Indians, (KUNA).

    Sole doctor for over 32,000 Indians. (Recovering from a broken neck 6 & 7 vertebra, five broke ribs and over 1000 metal fragments sustained from a rocket attack on my make shift hospital in Iraq).

    My Toshiba laptop was donated to me by Toshiba with Windows XP PROF. And all my software program were donated.

    • You can try it either ways, no problem.

    • Bob says:

      Install a trial program. Do not start 1st time. Then simply freeze C: drive with Deep Freeze program. It will start forever in trial mode. To avoid freezing main C: drive simply download free VMWare Player, and make a virtual computer and install all your trial programs in your virtual computer which is always frozen. This method works 100%. No more cracks or fake numbers plus you can make copies of your virtual computer with copy/paste and it will work on a MAC or PC and can be carried on a USB stick. The latest PS CS6 MSTR Collection is really nice, ha ha, enjoy.

  7. James says:

    I could not get Time Stopper to work with Corel X5 or AutoCAD 2012. But I think it maybe due to not setting the dates correctly.

    What do you think of this idea? Reinstall Windows and immediately install all the important software. Do a SYSTEM IMAGE backup. Then every few days, or before the trial period expires, just recover the original registry settings.

  8. It didn’t work for Corel Draw X5

  9. P says:

    When you’re trial period is ended, you van change THE date for working That day. Aldo you van change THE date for instal à crack version.

  10. elevat says:

    what is the best for illustrator?

  11. Khan says:

    Dear Rohit,

    If I am using a trail version of a time based software (which automatically saves files every hour) will it work because Time Stopper did not? Thanks

    • The software works for the Software which are Time based trial only. If the software has limitation or not fully functional in its trial version then, Time stopper won’t be of any use.

  12. kochi says:

    Will this program work for Autocad 2012 trial? its a 30 day trial with fully functionality. I am seeing above that it’s not working for someone.

    these heavy duty programs like adobe, autodesk, corel and etc have teams of ppl thinking about these issues and I think they probably have security measures in place..

    anyone had luck with autocad and this time stopper program?

  13. How it works??
    what is the code for change the code in registry??
    HKLM/Software/Microsoft/windows/current Version/Install Date

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  14. Shridhar says:

    It’s not working with Quick Heal. Any suggestions?

  15. I wanted to learn how to track each and every location where a new software install would make changes. Also, I wanted to know the registry files it would create.
    For this I downloaded 2 open source software: ‘Sys Monitor’ and ‘CRegistry Comparison’.
    Also, for the testing purpose only, I downloaded and installed a new copy of ‘Image Cut’(A photo splitting tool), which was a 17 days trial.
    After waiting for two days when the software reported 15 out of 17 days remaining, I tracked the the activities going on in my PC (running Windows 7 ultimate – 32Bit) on the new install and uninstall of Image Cut for the registry files and files copied to disk.
    Then, I deleted all the files and registry keys where ‘Image Cut’ had made changes. Also, I cleared all unnecessary files and registry keys with ‘ccleaner’.
    On installing the package again (when I had already clered all those files I could track which pertained to the ‘Image Cut’ software.), Image-Cut still showed “15 out of 17 days left” which then further turned down to 14 the next day, i.e., the timer was still goin on at some place. Though I had deleted files from regedit.exe, app data, temp files and prefetch, still I couldn’t edit a few files such as “c:\windows\system32\SYSTEM” tracked by ‘Sys Monitor’. (I tried to open this by running notepad in adimnistrator mode and browsing for ‘SYSTEM’ file with no extension. It delivered an error message saying file was already running. Obviously it would run as it is a system file). So I have a doubt on this file too as all others could be erased but not this one: neither edited nor deleted (though I wouldn’t delete a system file under normal conditions). I had restarted my computer whenever I felt suitable to do so between the steps I followed.
    I have no use of ‘Image Cut’ for myself and I have set it as target for informational purpose only because I want to know how the things work out in my own Computer.
    Please can any technology expert help me in erasing all the traces of the software so that on a new installation, the timer is reset. If further information is required, you can ask me for logs at “akuthexsky@gmail.com”. If you get a clue kindly elaborate all the steps involved. Thanks in advance.

    Since I want to learn the true mechanism, plaese avoid guiding me to use: “Total Uninstaller”, Run-as-date, Sandboxie, Virtual Machine etc.

    • Hi Akash, I appreciate your level of understanding and the experiments you did.
      Honestly, I even don’t the exact mechanism involved behind this. Always thought that, Registry Key is what all a software injects to track installation date.
      But, one thing I know is that the mechanism varies from software to software. 2 Years ago or so, I completely flushed off Quick Heal Traces and was able to reinstall it again with countdown reset. However, this didn’t stand true for another application called Horoscope Explorer.

      Just like the ways of Activation and the way their algorithms are defined to create Keys, this Trial thing also varies. Some maybe just inserting a registry key while some wise developers maybe using complex technique like the one you mentioned.

      Hope you somehow figure out the working used by most of the software developers soon. And I would appreciate if you share it with us :)

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