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  • Does anyone know how...

    First, I understand why Alphasoftware time locks it's A5v5. Today I was writing date depandant database code for Access. To test the database, I set my clock back, then ahead one month. My problem is that I forgot to reset my clock before running A5 and upon execution, got the "register" dialog box even though I was only in day 3 of software evaluation.

    I cannot use A5 now. Does anyone know how I can get my evaluation time frame reestablished {eg reset to 27 days of evaluation left?} I understand that a reset may be impossible, but thought I'd ask anyway. I really like what I see in A5 so far, and would like to run it through the paces of an honest evaluation.

    If someone knows how to do this and would like to email me instead of posting a solution on the forum, you may email me at [email protected]


  • #2
    RE: Does anyone know how...


    Send a message to Richard at alphasoftware. they may have a quick answer.

    I thought you could just reset the date and time back.

    charlie crimmel


    • #3
      RE: Does anyone know how...

      Why not delete A5 from your PC and then re-install it?



      • #4
        RE: Does anyone know how...


        Thanks. I tried that yesterday but it did not work. I suspect that the software writes a key to the registry that the unstallation routine does not remove. I will look through the registry to try to find the key but I'm betting I will not find the key. I do not think that Alphasoft would put the subkey in an obvious place like HKLM or HKCU under the software/alpha Key. I suspect that I will have to write Richard at alphasoftware as Charlie suggested.

        Thanks again.


        • #5
          RE: Does anyone know how...

          Still trying...

          I'm about to give up, though. Seeing this:

          'DESCRIPTION:Sets highest date/time found when A5 is started

          Has convinced me that the solution to fixing the problem can only be solved by finding which key in the registry is created when A5 is first run. I think that the exe reads this key (which is not deleted during the uninstall) so that the program "remembers" when it was first installed because it probably looks for this key everytime it starts. If it is not there, it creates it. If it is there and the time is greater than 30 days as rendered by your system clock, you are out of luck.

          {I could be way off, but I don't think so. This is the only way that Alphasoft can make sure someone just does not keep reinstalling the software without buying it.}

          BOTTOM LINE: Don't move your clock up and forget to reset it to the correct date before running the A5 trial.

          I s'pose I'll just buy it because I really like what I saw. Hell, it beats filepro hands down. Not too sure A5 beats Access yet, but heck, it's only money, right?



          • #6
            RE: Does anyone know how...

            Use it for a while, it beats access.



            • #7
              RE: Does anyone know how...


              This won't fix your problem, but it might help someone else. Back in the A4V6 days, I had a client who, when printing receipts, kept setting the click back so that her union members wouldn't have to pay delinquent dues penalty. Problem was that she kept forgetting to reset the clock (sound familiar?). What I did was create an option to set a 'temporary' date that reset to the correct date upon rebooting. On all the forms I added a blinking field that display 'Calculation date' as a reminder to her that the program was using a temporary date rather than the current date.

              This worked like a charm - I never got a panic call again. You might want to keep this in mind for future reference.

              Dave Jampole

              Women and cats will do whatever they want. The sooner men and dogs realize that, the happier they will be.


              • #8
                RE: Does anyone know how...

                Good idea.

                It occurs to me that I could probably find the key(s) that A5 writes to the registry by first taking a snapshot of my regisry before installing A5, installing the program on a clean machine, taking another snapshot, and finally running A5 for the first time, after which I can take another snapshot. By comparing the three snaphots I will be able to determine which keys were created, their initial values, and any changes between snapshot 1 & 3.

                In any event, this forum is worth the price of the software; it reminds me of the Lotus Approach forum. Lots of smart friendly folks willing to help...