Registering WinRAR in 2021: How Far Back Does It Work?

12 feb 2021
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"Nobody registers WinRAR." So let's register WinRAR! It's notorious for its infinite 40-day trial so I've been curious what activating it is actually like. I also wonder how old of a version of WinRAR can be activated using a 2021 registration key! Let's find out with Windows XP, 98, 95...
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  • Unpack key file in WinRAR 2.9+ and put in in WinRAR dir directly.

    Jan LyakhovskyJan Lyakhovsky7 timmar sedan
  • I'm curious, how many people here use the free open-source option 7Zip instead of Winrar? 7zip is supposedly faster and slower in some things depending and I've also heard it covers more filetypes and is available on more operating systems.

    AFKAFK9 timmar sedan
  • can u do the pkzip/pkunzip in the win10?

    Master JMaster J9 timmar sedan
  • What about bandicam!? No more watermarks for you!

    BraskusBraskus14 timmar sedan
  • Now go ahead and actually BUY PKZip 😄

    Uncle Mike's Retro & GamingUncle Mike's Retro & Gaming20 timmar sedan
  • This is one of the rarest event on earth.

    Muhammad Yusril Nur RamadhanMuhammad Yusril Nur Ramadhan20 timmar sedan
  • I have ended up owning 3 copies of Winrar due to loosing computers and not being able to transfer licences. I didn't have time to always close the notification window when unzipping hundreds of folders every day

    rjc0234rjc023421 timme sedan
  • 5:31 you just opened the winrar key file in “7zip” haha

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  • WInRAR is better than 7z cuz COLOURS. -This post was made by WinRAR gang PS: I use 7zip

    Ron BaliRon BaliDag sedan
  • "i use 7-zip" wait, people dont use winRAR?

    Hachi RikoHachi RikoDag sedan
  • You might want to do a history episode on the ZIP archive format. It's a wonderful example of how winning a law suit can still result in the failure of your company because people simply don't like you and refuse to support your product.

    David EvensDavid EvensDag sedan
  • LGR, dude. Google? What's wrong with you? Lycos, Altavista!

    PentazerPentazerDag sedan
  • Forgive me Eugene, I once cracked WinRAR! But still got WinRAR on my system :) Unregistered and uncracked

    ThehakkeMadmanThehakkeMadmanDag sedan
  • I purhaced my winrar lisence 2009. Supporting this company is very good thing so I think this money went to right direction.

    Tommi RaulahtiTommi RaulahtiDag sedan
  • Now you have a granted place on Heaven.

    Emiliano FragaEmiliano FragaDag sedan
  • "Chrome works but Safari doesn't' - nothing is closer to the truth

    Emiliano FragaEmiliano FragaDag sedan
  • Thanks for rememboring . Registered now

    aldo baldo bDag sedan
  • There's a lot to unpack here. ... I'll see myself out.

    SutorippuDotComSutorippuDotCom2 dagar sedan
  • It just hurts... you actually bought it for 40$? Damn...

    BluTheDogBluTheDog2 dagar sedan
  • Probably broke rarlab's consumer relations employee, by being the first ever consumer to purchase WinRAR.

  • This is a fun video. I was always curious why it was free forever,

    LiKLiK2 dagar sedan
  • *raises hand* I'm one of the few who registered it, back in 2004 or so! At the time I was like "ah sure, doesn't cost that much". 😂 I just checked the readme file that comes with the key and it says: "Please contact support 'at' rarlab 'dot' com if you need a key for an older WinRAR/RAR version then 2.60."

    steeviebopssteeviebops2 dagar sedan
  • Back in the day I had a registered version of PKZIP for DOS !

    TSFTMTSFTM2 dagar sedan
  • WinRAR Team : Family, today we eat

    Bruno AndrioliBruno Andrioli2 dagar sedan
  • Awww you should have found the exact cutoff version!

    XaviarCraigXaviarCraig2 dagar sedan
  • It's good that it works so far back!

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  • oh my, this is legendary... xD

    Саша ТамбовСаша Тамбов3 dagar sedan
  • Buying WinRAR for a Mac LOL

    NoneOfYour BeeswaxNoneOfYour Beeswax3 dagar sedan
  • To boldly go where no man has gone before

    zach koriniszach korinis3 dagar sedan
  • 7zip ftw

    1 Pessimist1 Pessimist3 dagar sedan
  • Kliksphillip

    iot01t01naiot01t01na3 dagar sedan
  • Hey @LGR, have you considered covering Apple's PowerMac 5200? I can't be the only one out here with find memories of that thing.

    Ryan LorchRyan Lorch4 dagar sedan
  • I actually registered it about a gazillion years ago :) Wanted to give the programmers back for the great software I use day to day...

    Michi HirczyMichi Hirczy4 dagar sedan
  • I bought WinZip back in the mid 90s, with the purchase printoff page proudly proclaiming that I had a LIFETIME registration code. And then, some short years later, the code stopped working, telling me it was invalid and I'd have to buy a new one. That was my first "Office Space Stapler Guy" moment. Too bad it wasn't the last. You, winzip folks, earned a gravity cancelling kick-in-the-nards for that one.

    Marc BrandenburgMarc Brandenburg4 dagar sedan
  • 1:50 sick burn, bro.

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  • Ъ

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  • I'm imagining that episode of The Simpsons where Lisa buys Al Gore's book and since its the first one sold the alert is sent to him.

    NicoNico4 dagar sedan
  • Some grandson is waking up his grandpa .. don't wanna give you a heart attack but someone registered a copy of your program grandpa.

    DezwarteschijfDezwarteschijf4 dagar sedan
  • Can u do a vid to format pc to factory settings on xp

    NimmyNimmy4 dagar sedan
  • The meme gods have been kind to WinRAR

    N-Gnoid TVN-Gnoid TV4 dagar sedan
  • * laughs in 7Zip *

    Markus KrauseMarkus Krause4 dagar sedan
  • My copy still works lol

    North Texas Transportation NetworkNorth Texas Transportation Network4 dagar sedan
  • Rarlab and WinRar GMBH actually changed their business model. Their new product, mobile app RAR, is fully free, but it has a nag screen asking you for a voluntary 5$ monthly subscription to support development, kinda like a tip jar Patreon. And honestly, I think I will subscribe when I get a job, to support development of free software.

    shinobodyshinobody4 dagar sedan

    Rafael HangesRafael Hanges4 dagar sedan
  • What a lovely way to start my Sunday ! Heaps more entertaining that I would've thought. Cheers, LGR :D

    Andrei PasaAndrei Pasa5 dagar sedan
  • What about Total Commander? 😀

    Pipi RoePipi Roe5 dagar sedan
  • I was always curious what you got if you bought it. I guess the mystery is solved. Can't wait to see that CD.

    Jun KelmJun Kelm5 dagar sedan
  • man, that was a long 40 days

    Uli SchmidtUli Schmidt5 dagar sedan
  • Nah, I'm team 7zip. I've stopped WinRar ever since.

    MogerusMogerus5 dagar sedan
  • You buy a Winrar license? Straight to heaven!

    AuraDZ GMAuraDZ GM5 dagar sedan
  • To be honest, this video combined with the fact it's my goto compression program made me order my license+CD aswell. It's a small sum for the amount of usage I got out of it over the years.

    NLferdiNLNLferdiNL5 dagar sedan
  • $3000 winrar copy giveaway when?

    OCsonicOCsonic5 dagar sedan
  • Fun fact: even if you buy winRar, the kry can be copied to other systems. So you can get up to 3 licenses for price of one.

    MacEbesMacEbes5 dagar sedan
  • who needs WinRar when 7-zip is better and truly for free?

    the_foethe_foe5 dagar sedan
  • I went through a similar exercise with Total Commander and Beyond Compare on my Retro PC. Short answer: Total Commander's registration still totally works on the 16-bit version, and Beyond Compare registrations are version specific, but a quick e-mail to support will give you an older key if you want it (and already registered, naturally)

    Ryan ArmstrongRyan Armstrong5 dagar sedan
  • I still use WinRAR. Never really bothered with 7zip, and stopped using WinZip in the mid 2000's (when I switched to WinRAR.

    goodiesguygoodiesguy5 dagar sedan
  • I personally use a mix of WinRAR and 7Zip as WinRAR is better at opening archived applications, as it temporarily extracts the whole archive, unlike 7Zip, which only extracts the executable, which fails if it depends on any external files, which most executables do

    Toru the Red FoxToru the Red Fox5 dagar sedan
  • MS Office XP / 2003 / 2007 are paid software which all people use it free

    Love KushLove Kush6 dagar sedan
  • My friend in college bought it, he was a genuine good guy.

    AsthmaticTurnipAsthmaticTurnip6 dagar sedan
  • I use 7zip, works on everything, is open source and free

    Mark WulffertMark Wulffert6 dagar sedan
  • The problem back then was finding ANY reliable file to unzip, winzip just ended up pissing me off. I appreciate WinRar, I have thought about registering before, but I already knew it was meant for large company enterprises to make full use of. I only needed a mere 'kb' of info to unfold. All I can do, at least right now, is thank WinRar! Thanks WinRAR! Thanks for not being a greedy PoS, like MicroDick-err-Soft company!

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  • Maybe I shouldn't give you any ideas. but next you should register a copy of Nero burring rom.

    pacxelpacxel6 dagar sedan
    • update I did a few years ago. no more infra recorder or imgburn.

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  • I prefer 7zip

    jcc3djcc3d6 dagar sedan
  • I'm curious, why would you want to have Win Rar any more. You got ICloud back up and ssd's are really cheap now.

    Andrew SloaneAndrew Sloane6 dagar sedan
    • Anyone putting anything on the cloud are as dumb as bitcoin investors, especially on iCloud or Amazon Cloud. In fact, fucking stupid. Your data is at their mercy. And hackers.

      Just TimeJust Time3 dagar sedan
  • OMG! Games instaled on Windows XP :) Thanks for reminding me on same old days :)

    nemanjaeponemanjaepo6 dagar sedan
  • you took a gigantic load off of me

    Zé Maria Gonçalves PereiraZé Maria Gonçalves Pereira6 dagar sedan
  • man I love some nerdy shit

    Blue Roots Denver TVBlue Roots Denver TV6 dagar sedan
  • Tsk tsk tsk.. You did notice it said your license was for a single PC usage, but you just installed it on like 8 different PC's.. I think you owe Rarlab some more money! Maybe need a bulk license?

    Aron HoekstraAron Hoekstra6 dagar sedan
  • Just use 7zip lol

    StudioStudio6 dagar sedan
  • *me being a 7zip user for 10+ years*

    Luciano DelahayeLuciano Delahaye6 dagar sedan
  • I can't believe how interesting this was... ahh WinRAR, what a legacy. Stoked to see the CD!

    zombizzlezombizzle6 dagar sedan
  • Great video. The nag screen doesn't come up if you right click an archive and extract from there. You hadn't mentioned it yet when I typed this if it comes up later. My memory sucks these days so I have to type thoughts or chances are I forget before the end.

    trelardtrelard6 dagar sedan
  • Lol, just after I watched the video another youtuber I watch wrote on Twitter that he had to register WinRAR for corporate use. What a coincidence.

    DevireDevire6 dagar sedan
  • This was educational and entertaining at the same time. And the memories... oh, the memories...

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  • I remember pirating it just to skip that nagging screen but later just switched to 7zip

    ALL CAPSALL CAPS7 dagar sedan
  • This is great and all, but it could use a sandwich

    Storm WootenStorm Wooten7 dagar sedan
    • Imma be that guy who stans the sandwich channel

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  • I wish Virtual ][ and Emulator Enhancer 2 for Mac PowerPC were so forgiving!

    Eric WoodEric Wood7 dagar sedan
  • Soooooo.... going to switch to Rar now? Seeing that old maze screen Saver made me wonder if there ever was a doom mod for it. ????

    Bane McDeathBane McDeath7 dagar sedan
  • iam using winrar till today

    LU23LU237 dagar sedan
  • I should buy a license only because I used it to mod Minecraft, I dont f with minecraft anymore but anyway.

    Rex HolesRex Holes7 dagar sedan
  • In 2014 I built my first proper gaming PC. I pirated WinRAR. I then had to spend a couple hours removing hundreds of viruses off my freshly installed copy of 8.1 using Avast's boot scanner. I use 7-zip now and whilst it can be rather annoying sometimes, I prefer it.

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  • You use 7zip to open WinRar LOL!

    mchenrynickmchenrynick7 dagar sedan
  • What we learned is when you buy a WinRAR licence, its yours for life.

    Shifter999Shifter9997 dagar sedan
  • I dont think I ever noticed that it wasnt free. I never cared to read the message window when I used it.

    Verbal ÄsthetVerbal Ästhet7 dagar sedan
  • TIL after 20ish years : THERE ARE THEMES FOR WinRAR!?

    Judge_VJudge_V7 dagar sedan
  • Why do people thinks it’s so weird to register WinRAR I registered after the trail and I new you could have it free but the pop up really bothered me.

    ItsRizeItsRize7 dagar sedan
  • Try look in to the key-file itself to see if user and password are inside the file

    Jesper SevelJesper Sevel7 dagar sedan
  • Sigh, so many memories with that Win95 and that CD in the background that reminds me of an eagle eye every time.

  • @4:32 buys Winrar.. @7:20 abuses "single pc usage license" :)

    Matt BennettMatt Bennett7 dagar sedan
  • Makes me think about WordPerfect. Companies bought the program and were allowed to give the employees a free copy to work at home, get used with it, and so on. Many people used WP as their default text editor and more companies bought it.

    Jeroen HeijmansJeroen Heijmans7 dagar sedan
  • i like how he chose 4/20 as the date and around 4:20 for the times.

    ruinsofanebularuinsofanebula7 dagar sedan
    • I like how he chose 4/20 as the date and around 4:20 for the times

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    • What are you 12?

      Just TimeJust Time3 dagar sedan
  • Stop Pirating software Clint! It's a single use license =p

    TheBlueArcherTheBlueArcher7 dagar sedan
  • 29k likes... just like the pricex1000 LOL

    hiromanhiroman7 dagar sedan
  • You've breached the licensing terms! It's a "single PC" license! :-D

    Job's GarageJob's Garage7 dagar sedan
    • Look at the top comments. There is a discussion about this. As I understood, it is allowed to use the program with a single-user license for personal use on several PCs.

      DevireDevire6 dagar sedan
    • Ahh, didn’t we all for not registering?

      IndiiSkiesIndiiSkies7 dagar sedan
  • I really miss those Windows intro tunes. 95's the best by far!

    darksoulsongdarksoulsong7 dagar sedan
  • So question: Why do people still use this when there is 7zip?

    AeonGAeonG7 dagar sedan
    • Probably because it works fine for the majority of reasons most people would use it. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

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  • I think I'm the only person I know who ever actually registered WinZIP. I don't think I ever registered WinRAR.

    Red SiegfriedRed Siegfried7 dagar sedan
  • When you pronounce RAR in Russian it doesn’t sound like lion’s roar :)))

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  • 2001

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  • Did Alexander Roshal change his name or did his brother take on dev?

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