How To Extend 30 Day Trial Software To Run Forever

If you have recently downloaded a trial software and want to test it for more than the trial period which is normally 30 days, this article is exactly for you. This article describes different ways to extend the trial period of trial software.

The below methods will not be able to get you complete software. If the trial version of the software runs with limitations, they will still run in limitation as the trial software will always remain in trial using these methods.

Trial software

Please note that we are suggesting these ways only for people who want to evaluate the software for more than 30 days and then buy the software. It is always recommended to buy a software if you like it. This will help the developers keep the software up to date.

The best way to use the software in extended evaluation is to contact the software vendor and ask them for an extended evaluation time. They will most probably entertain your request and give you some extended evaluation time.

Reinstall the software/Reset Date and Time

The easiest way to reset a trial version of the software is that you can uninstall it and then re-install it again. This will reset the trial  version. Most modern software use advanced techniques and will not allow you to reset the trial version of the software even after re-installation.

The other workaround is to play with your system date and time. You can adjust your system clock to a earlier date after installing the software. The software will continue to work as it uses the system date to see if the 30 day trial period is over or not. Most modern software have protection against this method. If these two methods fail, you may see the next method.

Use a third-party uninstaller

Usually trial software will save their licensing information in a registry key or a file on the hard drive. Most third-party uninstaller tools will include a registry monitor and a file monitor. They will save every action performed by the installer of the trial software. You can then uninstall the trial software using the third-party uninstaller which will delete all the registry entries and files created by the trial software.

You may try out some free apps like Revo Uninstaller, Glary Utilities and GeekUninstaller. You may also try out more powerful commercial apps like Total Uninstall or Your Uninstaller. If the trial software uses the Internet to get the licensing info, you may block Internet access for that particular program.

Backup and restore registry

If you haven’t installed the software yet and you’re sure that the software uses the Windows Registry to save its licensing information, you can backup the registry and then restore it when the software is about to expire.

Using Time Stopper software

Time Stopper

Time Stopper is a popular software which has been created exactly for the task of freezing the time of trial software. Time Stopper will stop the trial time when it is used. If the trial period has already ended, it is of no use to use Time Stopper as it will not be able to reverse the time.

Using Time Stopper is quite easy. Just browse the executable of the trial software, choose the date that you want to freeze. This date should be within the trial period of the software otherwise it will not work. Then you can open the software on the specified date and time.

Please note that after patching the trial software with Time Stopper, you must always use the Time Stopper utility to open that software otherwise the trial will end instantly.

Download Time Stopper

Please note that Time Stopper installer will try to install other add-on software. You can uncheck these not to be installed.

Using RunAsDate software


RunAsDate is a portable software very similar to Time Stopper. RunAsDate allows you to run a program on the date and time you have specified. The advantage of RunAsDate is that it does not change the system date and time. It will only inject the date and time into the desired application.

Using RunAsDate is quite easy. You will need to browse the application path, specify date and time and hit the Run button to execute the app on the specified date and time. You can also create a desktop shortcut for the frozen app.

Download RunAsDate

There is another software called Trial Reset. It is a special registry cleaner which can remove the licensing information registry keys of many shareware/demo software so that the software can be installed again with full trial time. I haven’t included it in this list as there are many negative review about the software.


33 responses to “How To Extend 30 Day Trial Software To Run Forever”

  1. Install any software that does not have to contact home constantly such as an antivirus.
    Next installed a free program called “Sandboxie”. Configure it to delete sandboxes with “SDelete” or use “Eraser” program. Google this. Now whenever you want to start any trial program right click and choose run sandboxed. This way you can run the program forever and each time sandbox closes it erases registry entries. Or install all your programs on a virtual machine then freeze it with a program called “Deep Freeze Standard”. Allow shared folders between virtual and main computer and you can run as many programs as you want forever. Plus you can make multiple copies of your virtual machine and give to friends for Christmas hahaha.

    • Very useful suggestions. I would like sandboxing the software that I want to try a little longer than the trial period. A virtual machine can be a time taking setup while sandboxie can be setup easily 🙂

    • I particularly like this feature: Now whenever you want to start any trial program right click and choose run sandboxed. This way you can run the program forever and each time sandbox closes it erases registry entries.

      Is it really that simple? Just run the program in the sandbox, and when you exit the program it erases registry entries

    • I’ve tested them on my computer and it doesn’t seem like they have viruses inside them. You can always upload the file to VirusTotal and scan with multiple antivirus software to get your own satisfaction.

  2. Awesome I guess….. but I am in desperate need for a MAC version! I can’t find one anywhere!! I need help.

  3. 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 “”. 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.

    • There are two things you’re talking about. One, you can use the monitoring tools while installing a software which you have already done. Two, using an software manager to install and uninstall the software.

      For monitoring purposes, you can use Microsoft’s own “Process Monitor” which gives every detail you are looking for. Other alternatives include SpyMe Tools which is also a great software for monitoring changed registry entries and files. Comodo Programs Manager is another great alternative. All the utilities mentioned above are free.

      If you are looking for an uninstaller, the best uninstaller is Revo Uninstaller. The paid version will be the perfect choice. Other alternatives include:
      ZSoft Uninstaller
      Total Uninstall
      IOBit Uninstaller
      Your Uninstaller
      Advanced Uninstaller
      Some of the above mentioned tools are paid while others are free. You can search Google for their proper links.

      If you are talking about something else other than these, kindly let me know and we can work our way through the problem.

  4. Thanks for the reply sir and suggestion for using these pro. uninstallers.
    BUT can you please tell me how to completely remove soft like ‘image-cut’ MANUALLY without any software as only viewing the registry changes through any means or ‘Process Monitor’ and manually remove/edit ALL the changes made by the soft. installation on my PC?
    Image Cut is a light utility available as a 17 day free trial. I just want that on a complete uninstall and reinstall, after using it for a few days, its timer gets reset.
    Thanks in advance! 🙂

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  5. my window trial is complete and when i write the code slmgr -rearm so it is not working and giving error please help me error consist by
    Error: 0xC004F025 Access denied: the requested action requires elevated privilages

    • You will need to run the command prompt with administrator privileges. To run command prompt in administrative privileges in Windows 8, the shortcut key is: WinKey + X + A.

  6. If anybody can find a way to extend the trial of a software named harmony navigator 2.6.2 demo then please e-mail me at — I am willing to donate if i get a solution. thank you .l

  7. Well if none of this methods you mentioned on the post work for the software I am interested in then what that means is that these methods will only work for applications that are easy to hack and are most likely already available to download cracked/unlocked all over the internet. Like Windows for example. You can extend Windows trial version with these methods but then again you can just Torrent Windows cracked version and you’ll never have to worry about performing these steps again. Thanks for your help anyway.

    • Steve you can always subscribe to comments so if anyone replies, you’ll automatically be notified. If none of these methods work then you’ll have to buy the software. Because these methods are not for cracking applications. You can use virtualization software to virtualize the app and then use it as the trial forever… you can use VirtualBox and reset the changes whenever you want to ..

    • steve hi ,just do this it works 100%,download WINRAR install it and then open the files with winrar,if the file is not an ISO then use POWER ISO to convert all the files to ISO and then open it with WINRAR and then install the program ,thats it

  8. I just tried that and it doesn’t work. I set up the a Virtual machine but I can’t get it to start installing the OS on the virtual drive. When I choose the path of the bootable drive ( which i have created on a separate partition and even created a bootable usb drive it only gives me an option to find .iso or .dmg files and when I switch the file types to all and choose the setup.exe it says its not supported. On top of that I got a popup stating that my cpu is not an amd 64 bit when in fact that was the only version i was able to download from their website. I dont have an amd cpu.

    • That means you’re not installing it from the ISO file. Instead, you’ve got the extracted Operating System files and you’re running the setup.exe from there. The Operating System will only install using the ISO file.

    • if i were you i would use winrar to open the files and then install it will work 100% get winrar and check it out

  9. Thank you for helping me but it still doesn’t work. I installed the OS just fine, I then downloaded the application demo and when I run the installation at first it seems to be working fine but after I select the components I want to install and proceed to the actual copying of files I get an error stating that the library is not found.

    • Steve I downloaded the app Harmony Navigator and was able to successfully install it on my Windows 8 PC without any problems. If you are running the installer directly from the zip file, please unzip all the files to a separate folder and then run the installer. And secondly, run the installer with administrative privileges.

  10. Amazing!!! It worked. Thank you so much Usman I am so grateful that I found your website. I truly appreciate your help. Can you please tell me how can I repay you?

  11. Any thoughts on how to disarm this Bing Rewards Bot?
    It doesn’t use a date timer, but uses a trial percentage that counts down from 100% usability to 0%, at which time you have to purchase the software. I am currently using Oracle VM and a Windows 7 installation to test it. I can’t figure out if it is nesting files deep in the OS or making registry entrys. I am currently cloning my Windows7 VM and trying to figure it out. Any tips?

    • It’s nice to see you here Sajjad :-). I hope you’ll share you experience with how the trial software is working for you for an extended period of time.

  12. I am looking for some help in making my software work. I bought a some test equipment that is run on windows xp. The company won’t give me a new code to keep my system running when I installed a new hard drive. They try to force you to buy new equipment by withholding the code that enables testing. So they can render the equipment useless by with holding the code if anything changes on my computer. I paid for the software and even offered to pay the software fee again but they won’t even sell it again. They want me to replace the whole system. Help. I’m willing to pay someone who can help with this