#1 By: howtogeek, April 15th, 2013 20:51
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.
#2 By: moree, April 15th, 2013 21:37
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?
#3 By: Rick P., April 15th, 2013 22:01
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.
#4 By: Lowell Heddings, April 15th, 2013 22:22
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.
#5 By: moree, April 15th, 2013 22:27
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.
#6 By: moree, April 15th, 2013 22:39
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".
#7 By: Lowell Heddings, April 15th, 2013 22:51
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.
#8 By: Rick P., April 15th, 2013 22:57
The geek explained the issue more elegantly than I did.
#9 By: Xhi, April 15th, 2013 23:03
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".
#10 By: moree, April 15th, 2013 23:09
@geekAs I said - I'll take your word for it since I failed the Geek test miserably
#11 By: Lowell Heddings, April 15th, 2013 23:37
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.
#12 By: moree, April 15th, 2013 23:48
I was referring to this Geek test but thanks for the kind words.
#13 By: A happy, April 16th, 2013 15:16
What happens if your trial ran out, and then you tried to run the software? Is access denied?
#14 By: moree, April 16th, 2013 17:05
Apparently not denied access but depending on what "most" means sounds like it may as well be "access denied"
#15 By: Bastian Hoyer, April 17th, 2013 03:46
is there something like that for the mac ?
#16 By: So AWesome, April 20th, 2013 12:24
as circumvention is the game (which is the essence of cracking) why not edumacate people to the next level?
#17 By: Lynda, May 25th, 2013 01:02
I attempted to try this but OSPPREARM.EXE is not recognized. Thoughts? Note: I was using the 60 day trial.
#18 By: Dj Whrr, July 11th, 2013 21:03
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?
#19 By: Xhi, July 11th, 2013 21:26
You must put "s arount any file name with spaces in it.
C:\cd "Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OSPPREARM.EXE"
#20 By: Dj Whrr, July 15th, 2013 14:05
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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