What makes Windows 10 know a trial period for an app has expired?

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  1. Kyhi's Avatar
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       #11

    Again, this conversation goes back to "What Application" ???
    As each vender is different.... So knowing the Vender helps prevent Guesses....
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  2. sygnus21's Avatar
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       #12

    antonio3535 said:
    Thanks for your great answers, although most seem just guesses.
    Well that's because we had to "guess" what software you were refereeing to.

    That said, it still doesn't change the fact that vendors use a myriad of methods to discourage uses from getting around their trial methods. So yeah, it could be anyone or a combination of things prevent hacking of trial expiration dates.
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  3. Kyhi's Avatar
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       #13

    It is also useful to know - so you can backup the Activation of such software..
    As there are many giveaways that are time sensitive and do not allow for product updates..
    Else the software returns to a Trial program...
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  4. idgat's Avatar
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       #14

    antonio3535 said:
    Thanks for your great answers, although most seem just guesses.
    Of course they're generic "guesses", for the reasons stated by other contributors.

    Another aspect of "guessing" is that to give a definitive answer (even knowing the program/manufacturer/distributor) would be illegal, in subverting any form of eula to use the program for a trial period.
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  5. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       #15

    idgat said:
    Of course they're generic "guesses", for the reasons stated by other contributors.

    Another aspect of "guessing" is that to give a definitive answer (even knowing the program/manufacturer/distributor) would be illegal, in subverting any form of eula to use the program for a trial period.
    I like that response. Subtle, yet smack dead on. All the correct elements to put this to bed. Well done.
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