Solved

Persistent "evaluation period has run out" message from a trial copy of a tool, while eval period still active

Posted on 2008-10-11
4
268 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
I've installed a trial version of a commercial tool on my machine running XP Pro. I am supposed to activate the trial period of one of its components by running a special command that they provide, that includes some sort of trial activation key. They supplied me with several alternative ones, but every time I try to activate, I get the message "Sorry, the evaluation period has run out." When I asked them whether it's possible to run any type of diagnostics tool they said that "they cannot reveal the workings of the trial version's protection system". This is understandable, but I can't run their tool on my machine. By the way, the activation works fine if I install it on another PC with XP Home. However, I need it to run on the XP Pro machine too. Is there any type of diagnostics tool that can be used to figure out what's going on. This is the first tool with which I've had this problem. However, if something is out of whack on my machine, is it possible to somehow detect it?
0
Comment
Question by:ilyaz
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 22694903
No you can't. Your only option is to work this out together with the manufacturer of the utility.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ilyaz
ID: 22694946
Rindi, but there are probably standard ways of checking for an expiration of a trial version. How is it usually done? Is there a standard apparatus e.g. in MS Visual Studio?
0
 
LVL 88

Accepted Solution

by:
rindi earned 100 total points
ID: 22694966
No, that is all that app's internal workings.
0

Featured Post

DevOps Toolchain Recommendations

Read this Gartner Research Note and discover how your IT organization can automate and optimize DevOps processes using a toolchain architecture.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If your system is showing symptoms of browser hijacks or 'google search redirects' check out my other article (http://rdsrc.us/u3GP7A) first and run the tool TDSSKiller (http://rdsrc.us/GDBBs4) to get rid of the infection. Once done, and if the …
Step by step guide to Clean and Sort your windows registry! Introduction: Always remember: A Clean registry = Better performance = Save your invaluable time In this article we're going to clear our registry manually! Yes, manually! The e…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
A short tutorial showing how to set up an email signature in Outlook on the Web (previously known as OWA). For free email signatures designs, visit https://www.mail-signatures.com/articles/signature-templates/?sts=6651 If you want to manage em…

733 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question