How to reset trial software

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How to reset trial software
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Many software manufacturers offer free trials of their applications to encourage users to buy their products. The manufacturers assume that once a consumer actually uses the application, he will see its benefits and purchase it eventually. Trial software usually has an expiration date. If the software is not purchased before that date, it will either cease to function or have limited functionality. If you wish to reset the expiration date, you must uninstall and reinstall the trial software.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Click "Start" followed by "Control Panel," then click "Programs" from the list of options.

  2. 2

    Click "Programs and Features." The "Uninstall or change a program" page will open. Scroll down the list of installed programs until you get to the trial software.

  3. 3

    Right-click the trial software, then select "Uninstall" from the pop-up menu. The trial software uninstall wizard will open. Press the "Next" button, then follow the prompts from the wizard. Click "Finish" when the wizard has completed uninstalling the trial software. If prompted, restart your computer.

  4. 4

    Launch your Web browser, then go to the website that has the original trial software that you previously downloaded. Navigate to the download page, then click the "Download" button.

  5. 5

    Click "Save" on the download dialogue window. Double-click the trial software installation file, then follow the prompts from the installation wizard to reinstall the trial software.

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