howtogeek — 2013-04-15T20:51:02-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/148347/how-to-extend-your-office-2013365-trial-to-180-days/
In recent years it has become common for Microsoft to release trial or preview versions of its big-name products. This has been the case with Windows 8 as well as Office 2013 giving consumer the chance to try before they buy. If you downloaded the trial version of the suite, you can gain some extra try-out time with this handy hack.
moree — 2013-04-15T21:37:14-04:00 — #2
Isn't this the equivalent of downloading movies or songs using P2P i.e. you are "stealing" extra time beyond the contracted agreement of the trial period?
raphoenix — 2013-04-15T22:01:39-04:00 — #3
The longer one uses software, the more dependent they become on that software so the chances are greater that the user will finally purchase the software. It is a Two Way Street if you look at the issue that way.
geek — 2013-04-15T22:22:41-04:00 — #4
It's not actually stealing - it's a built-in mechanism to re-arm the trial version, probably geared at corporations that want to test the software for a while. They wouldn't have included that feature if they were worried about it.
moree — 2013-04-15T22:27:17-04:00 — #5
Hi Rick. That would be a rationalisation for doing the wrong thing, HTG has always been absolute in its refusal to assist with illegal activity whether it be dubiously obtained media or software or stealing a neighbour's internet connectivity - and rightly so. All I'm saying is that extending your trial period beyond the contracted 30 days might be equivalent. It is, at the least, a grey ethical area and as such, to be consistent, HTG should not be advocating such actions.
moree — 2013-04-15T22:39:36-04:00 — #6
We got a bit out of sync - you replied while I was typing.....
A bit of an odd "mechanism" but I'll take your word for it and in this case would suggest we replace the phrase "handy hack" with, say, "handy mechanism".
geek — 2013-04-15T22:51:13-04:00 — #7
It's literally a single standalone, built-in utility that you can run:
They definitely wouldn't include a utility that you run without arguments if they cared that people are doing it.
raphoenix — 2013-04-15T22:57:18-04:00 — #8
The geek explained the issue more elegantly than I did.
xhi — 2013-04-15T23:03:00-04:00 — #9
It is a good thing to know. It certainly is freely available. But, it really is not what I would consider a hack. More like a "little known procedure".
moree — 2013-04-15T23:09:12-04:00 — #10
@geekAs I said - I'll take your word for it since I failed the Geek test miserably
geek — 2013-04-15T23:37:18-04:00 — #11
You didn't fail anything, it was a legitimate question and I'm glad that you're on the lookout for unethical behavior. We need more people like you in the world.
moree — 2013-04-15T23:48:51-04:00 — #12
I was referring to this Geek test but thanks for the kind words.
nanogeek — 2013-04-16T15:16:48-04:00 — #13
What happens if your trial ran out, and then you tried to run the software? Is access denied?
moree — 2013-04-16T17:05:18-04:00 — #14
Apparently not denied access but depending on what "most" means sounds like it may as well be "access denied"
dafire — 2013-04-17T03:46:00-04:00 — #15
is there something like that for the mac ?
beeven — 2013-04-20T12:24:37-04:00 — #16
as circumvention is the game (which is the essence of cracking) why not edumacate people to the next level?
lynda — 2013-05-25T01:02:31-04:00 — #17
I attempted to try this but OSPPREARM.EXE is not recognized. Thoughts? Note: I was using the 60 day trial.
learndjingfree — 2013-07-11T21:03:10-04:00 — #18
Yeah, I tried this but it did not work. I typed this into cmd prompt: C:\cd Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OSPPREARM.EXE
But I receive this error in cmd prompt: The system cannot find the path specified.
Windows 7 Professional (64 bit)
Dell Vostro 1520
Active Microsoft 365 trial. Ends in 7 days...
Can anyone help?
xhi — 2013-07-11T21:26:21-04:00 — #19
You must put "s arount any file name with spaces in it.
C:\cd "Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OSPPREARM.EXE"
learndjingfree — 2013-07-15T14:05:24-04:00 — #20
I tried that. It shows: C:>cd "Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OSPPREARM.EXE" but it still says: The system cannot find the path specified. Any insight? Maybe its because there is a > after C:\? I don't see why though...
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