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    genghiscomm is offline Novice
    Windows 7 64bit Access 2007
    Join Date
    May 2011

    Program a 30-day trial into my Access Program?

    I'd like a potential customer to use my Access Database for 30 days. After 30 days, the program would require an authorization code or password to work. Any thoughts on the best way to do this?

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    ajetrumpet is offline Banned
    Windows Vista Access 2007
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    you want to stay away from password protected access files, unless they are executables. for this reason:

    try an authorization code instead. It's harder to reverse engineer a database file if the code is booting someone out when the wrong code is entered.

    another thought also is to use NUMBER OF TIMES OPENED instead of 30 DAYS. The reason for this obviously is because everyone and their dog knows how to change their windows time clock to an earlier date. All date and time functions in access read the computer's timeclock. So that method will never work, unless you can figure out what MS already knows (or be able to modify the registry to detect these workarounds).

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