set registration or password to run program

I have a program that I wish to test.  I want to distribute it to people in a controlled manner.  How can I set a/an code or register# to allow the program to be installed.  I intend this to prevent just anybody from using it.
Daron1Asked:
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ArkConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi
<Are there any freeware hardware locks?>
Good question <smile>. Hardware lock mean some HARD key (dongle or key diskette). Dongles, IMHO, is the only REAL protection. First you have to deside how much protection do you need. The simpliest way (to lock and to unlock)is registry and/or ini file. Next step - key diskette. And next - Dongle key (but for real hackers it's not a protection). The only good way is Microsoft's way - really needed program with a lot of bugs and service packs for it every month plus support for registered users <smile>
Cheers
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yuvarajCommented:
Why do you go for a registration#

U know Ms gives every software a registr# only for people to pirate it. If Ms wishes that their products should not be pirated then he would have tried some other means.

You try using any Hardware Lock.
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Daron1Author Commented:
Are there any freeware hardware locks?
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hatem72Commented:
why u dont use the registry to put something on it to check your program run full ver. or not & u can manage it later .
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ArkCommented:
Hi
Thanx for points <smile>. I have a little program for making and checking key diskette. I thing, for the first time it will be enough for you (if you didn't write Windows2001 <smile>). If you need it, my e-mail ark@fesma.ru
Cheers
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