howtogeek at April 15th, 2013 20:51 — #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 at April 15th, 2013 21:37 — #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 at April 15th, 2013 22:01 — #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 at April 15th, 2013 22:22 — #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 at April 15th, 2013 22:27 — #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 at April 15th, 2013 22:39 — #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 at April 15th, 2013 22:51 — #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 at April 15th, 2013 22:57 — #8
The geek explained the issue more elegantly than I did.
xhi at April 15th, 2013 23:03 — #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 at April 15th, 2013 23:09 — #10
@geekAs I said - I'll take your word for it since I failed the Geek test miserably
geek at April 15th, 2013 23:37 — #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 at April 15th, 2013 23:48 — #12
I was referring to this Geek test but thanks for the kind words.
nanogeek at April 16th, 2013 15:16 — #13
What happens if your trial ran out, and then you tried to run the software? Is access denied?
moree at April 16th, 2013 17:05 — #14
Apparently not denied access but depending on what "most" means sounds like it may as well be "access denied"
dafire at April 17th, 2013 03:46 — #15
is there something like that for the mac ?
beeven at April 20th, 2013 12:24 — #16
as circumvention is the game (which is the essence of cracking) why not edumacate people to the next level?
lynda at May 25th, 2013 01:02 — #17
I attempted to try this but OSPPREARM.EXE is not recognized. Thoughts? Note: I was using the 60 day trial.
learndjingfree at July 11th, 2013 21:03 — #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 at July 11th, 2013 21:26 — #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 at July 15th, 2013 14:05 — #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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