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removing trial programs from registry

By straycat45 ·
I need to find out how to remove hooks/registry from trial software installs (XP o/s)so I can use the software again. Can't do it as in Win98. Thanks, Steve

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by Maelgwyn In reply to removing trial programs f ...

EIther use a registry cleaner; or manually go into the registry (regedit) and delete the keys


Any registry edit can potentially damage the system beyond repair. Use with caution!

But seriosuly, you re not supposed to do that. THe key system is so you actuially buy the software, and give those starving programmers some cash.


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by Oz_Media In reply to removing trial programs f ...

IOLO System mechanic will record ALL file changes and registry keys at the time of installation, this is a good way to track and remove any orphaned keys that aren't put into the software manufacturer's folder.

If you really insists on stealing people's software, you can get all the key codes and cracks at , but I wouldn't know about that, I'm an upstanding citizen. Nobody here steals software, that would be unjust! ;-)

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by dmiles In reply to removing trial programs f ...

Click the Start button and then click Run. The Run dialog box appears.
Type regedit and click OK. The Registry Editor opens.
Navigate to the following key, and open it:


The right pane will display one or more string values.
If you only see (Default) or SystemTray, go on to step 10.
If there are additional values, for each value other than (Default) or SystemTray , follow the instructions in steps 5 through 9.
Double-click a String Value in the right pane. The Edit String dialog box will appear with the value selected.
Press the Home key on the keyboard. The cursor should be to the left of the string value, and the value should no longer be selected.
Type rem and press the Spacebar once. This remarks out the string value, and prevents the program from loading when Windows starts.
Click OK.
Repeat these steps for each string value you want to remark (REM) out.
Navigate to the following key, if it exists, and open it:


Repeat steps 4 through 9.
Some computers may also have Run or RunServices keys in the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run (or \RunServices)

If it exists, repeat steps 4 through 9 for this location as well.
Exit the Registry Editor when you finish changing these values, and restart the computer.
Check to see whether or not this resolves the problem.
If it does, and you want these programs to load with Windows, add back one string value at a time by removing the REM and the following space.
Restart Windows, and then test the system after each addition. When you find the key causing the problem, you can either REM it out in the registry or delete the value

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