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Creating trial expire on a exe using vb.net

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          I have created a exe using vb.net. I want that if I will copy that exe into some system that sould not run more than 15 days in that system. How will i do that. Shall I have to write into registry or what i have to do. Can u plz some one help n this.
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Arun Kumar Sabat
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by:maykut
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Just Create a Registry Setting
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by:arun_sabat
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But I don't  Have Idea More on How to create a Registry Setting. Can U plz tell About this. Or Do u have a proper URL such that I can go through that


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Arun Kumar Sabat
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by:maykut
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what you would do is when the program launches it will read get the current date, then on the current date at 15 days, which is your limit. Then write both of these to the registry and when the program launches reload both of these entries and compare for example get the difference bewteen the current date and expiry date and if the difference bewteen both dates is a negative value then your program shuts down. Do you need the code. i can provide it for you?
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by:arun_sabat
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Yes Dude I need the code that will helpfull to me. Becasuse for the First time I am going to code on registry.
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Arun Kumar Sabat
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by:maykut
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Ok I've created a class of my own so I need to email it to you. All my coding is based on my class whats your email address?
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by:arun_sabat
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Yes U can Mail Me to
rc_arun@hotmail.com

or
arun_sabat@rediffmail.com
or
arun_sabat@yahoo.com

Moment U will Send to me just Buzz me in Expert Exchange Only.

Such that I will check My mail.

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Ok I've sent it.
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by:arun_sabat
ID: 12316107
Hi Michael. h r u? have u remember me.

I have a issue that, If I am writing into registry If Some one will search in his registry. he will get my key name and he can change the date there.

Or else If also I am putting some countdown value in the registry also he can change the value.
So It is not secure one. Can u tell me how will I make it secure.

Or Is there any other way to resolve it.

Thanking U

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Arun Kumar Sabat

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by:maykut
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what you can do is use wmi to generate a random value based on CPU ID, Machine ID, IP Address etc, depending on your choice. You then convert this into a Hex format, which you use as a registration key. Basically the customer provides you with this key and you provide a code to unlock the application. When you design this procedure design it so that if the customer deletes the key on the next time it boots up it generates a random value again. I've done this procedure and its hard for customers to try and crack my programs.
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by:maykut
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you can hide the registry values to. But a better way would be to generate random Registration numbers based on computer id.
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by:arun_sabat
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Ok If I will generate a random number According that I will store it in Registry. But If I am writting into registry. Nest time when I will check How will I find the Random Value  again to go there and check the date.  I can't store that to in database also. So I thing hiding a key will be better way to resolve this issue. But How to hide a regustry key Is there any function or property.

let I have hided also can i test that one it is there or not .

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I've can give you a sample code of mine that will show you how to generate the random values and validate if its correct. Hiding registry, I've got a code for that to I'll have to find it.
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by:arun_sabat
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yes dude u can send me the code. Here I am trting for that only. If i will get i will inform u.

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by:whittlephilip
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Wow, looks like I'm behind times here since this is an old thread. I sure would like to know how to do what you've discussed. Is there a chance someone will share this knowledge with me?
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