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

"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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  • Thank you for documenting this so that it isn't lost to future generation.

    Sandy RossSandy Ross2 tuntia sitten
  • I wonder how many people are going register their copy of WinRAR after watching this video. I just did. Can't wait to get the CD.

    Aleatha VogelAleatha Vogel4 tuntia sitten
  • Can't say I use that, but It's so rare that I even open files that need it and I wouldn't blame others for using a few times in a year without paying. Now if you make money with your computer and use it frequently, then you should pay for it.

    Sean O'RourkeSean O'Rourke6 tuntia sitten
  • "Patreon model before patreon"

    el kyubiel kyubi8 tuntia sitten
  • Let’s go registering!

    James BernaldJames Bernald8 tuntia sitten
  • Oh man that legendary software

    Thành TrầnThành Trần10 tuntia sitten
  • winrar more like open donation software to me

    Harrier RexHarrier Rex10 tuntia sitten
  • Crack help

    Евгений ТыжновЕвгений Тыжнов15 tuntia sitten
  • used winrar for more than 10 years, now i switched to 7zip.

    HillHill17 tuntia sitten
  • While I have long since forgotten what version of Windows... I do remember when the nag screen became standard... it was frustrating because the previous version never nagged you. SO I was really bothered by that... which in hindsight is funny since I never paid for it. But as you stated we all got used to putting up with the nag screen for the free software. Good video!

    Steven MannSteven Mann20 tuntia sitten
  • Did just we seen Clint ascend too far from memes legit buying WinRAR license? Damn dude, this 2021 is weird as hell

    DragsterDragster21 tunti sitten
  • Does it count for 2.0 if you "found" the key online?

    Roland KatsuragiRoland KatsuragiPäivä sitten
  • I was born in 94' my first clear memory and first foreign name I can remember is IGOR PAVLOV 😂

    matt mattmatt mattPäivä sitten
  • What's with all the 420 references in this video?

    Cormac _Cormac _Päivä sitten
  • 6:44 Midtown Madness!

    MidtownMadness1MidtownMadness1Päivä sitten
  • One superpower WinRAR has that 7zip doesn't: On the fly encoding selection. Very useful if you often get files from China or Japan, who have several official encodings. With 7-zip, you'll have to change the settings on Windows.

    Pandu POLUANPandu POLUANPäivä sitten
  • Stop saying RAR

    L Train45L Train45Päivä sitten
  • I still use this? Am I supposed to use something else more current?

    OneMinuteFixedOneMinuteFixedPäivä sitten
  • I don't get why people say that no one ever had a paid copy of WinRAR because I had one back in 2010 when they hosted a giveaway. It was in German but all you need to do is fill in the name and email and you would receive the rarkey link via email. And that key worked from version 3 all the way till 5.12 or something. I turned to Bandizip after but from this video I am confident that the key probably works for WinRAR 6.00 as well.

    RuinAngelRuinAngelPäivä sitten
  • personally i like winrar over 7zip a million times

    luca g.lisickzaluca g.lisickzaPäivä sitten
  • Many years ago I won a giveaway for a legit key of WinRAR. At first, seemed like nothing had changed to me, but when I had a new computer and installed again WinRAR without the key, damn, I realized how freaking annoying the trial was.

    Al ConAl ConPäivä sitten
  • Mass register and order physical CDs

  • winRawr *-*

    BlazzycrafterBlazzycrafterPäivä sitten
  • I still use winrar

    BoomerAUS00BoomerAUS00Päivä sitten
  • Interesting, that it is developed by a german company

    Peter LustigPeter LustigPäivä sitten
  • Wheres the WinRar CD video?

    motorized liftingmotorized lifting2 päivää sitten
  • 7:24 if you click on the winrar title the ocean will start waving in the background, also if you click on the winrar icon it will fall down and bounce like a ball

    Atex PhwinAtex Phwin2 päivää sitten
  • Hahahaha interesting. Now i never RAR anymore since i quit downloading torrents. No joke. I serious.

    szewei1985szewei19852 päivää sitten
  • 9:27 4.20pm, I get the feeling he knew what he was doing!

    Connor HeatherConnor Heather2 päivää sitten
  • Who uses safari in 2021? :D Especially on PC/Mac and not on a mobile device

    Alex VAlex V2 päivää sitten
  • Register deez

    jub8891jub88912 päivää sitten
  • the key goes way back from '95 that's why it works. kekw

    Leonardo M. AgustinLeonardo M. Agustin2 päivää sitten
  • Hahahaah holy did it!

    Latin lover24Latin lover243 päivää sitten
  • Rar.

    SoleaSolea3 päivää sitten
  • My dad has a window and door fitter company and a few years ago, they subscribed a special program for about 100 € per month from a large window and door manufacturer. During the installation I saw a hint like "use WinRAR if this doesn't work, it's included on the CD-ROM". I thought "no way, they really put a shareware on this CD-ROM?". In fact: They didn't. On the CD-ROM was a goddamn old WinRAR version from 2002 including their site license file! I extracted this license file and it's still working with the most recent versions of WinRAR.

    theNWdigitaltheNWdigital3 päivää sitten
  • I actually registered winrar like 15 years ago. Still using the same license.

    PedanticTwitPedanticTwit3 päivää sitten
  • Unpack key file in WinRAR 2.9+ and put in in WinRAR dir directly.

    Jan LyakhovskyJan Lyakhovsky3 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    AFKAFK4 päivää sitten
  • can u do the pkzip/pkunzip in the win10?

    Master JMaster J4 päivää sitten
  • What about bandicam!? No more watermarks for you!

    BraskusBraskus4 päivää sitten
  • Now go ahead and actually BUY PKZip 😄

    Uncle Mike's Retro & GamingUncle Mike's Retro & Gaming4 päivää sitten
  • This is one of the rarest event on earth.

    Muhammad Yusril Nur RamadhanMuhammad Yusril Nur Ramadhan4 päivää sitten
  • 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

    rjc0234rjc02344 päivää sitten
  • 5:31 you just opened the winrar key file in “7zip” haha

    즉시우빈즉시우빈4 päivää sitten
  • WInRAR is better than 7z cuz COLOURS. -This post was made by WinRAR gang PS: I use 7zip

    Ron BaliRon Bali4 päivää sitten
  • "i use 7-zip" wait, people dont use winRAR?

    Hachi RikoHachi Riko4 päivää sitten
  • 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 Evens4 päivää sitten
  • LGR, dude. Google? What's wrong with you? Lycos, Altavista!

    PentazerPentazer5 päivää sitten
  • Forgive me Eugene, I once cracked WinRAR! But still got WinRAR on my system :) Unregistered and uncracked

    ThehakkeMadmanThehakkeMadman5 päivää sitten
  • I purhaced my winrar lisence 2009. Supporting this company is very good thing so I think this money went to right direction.

    Tommi RaulahtiTommi Raulahti5 päivää sitten
  • Now you have a granted place on Heaven.

    Emiliano FragaEmiliano Fraga5 päivää sitten
  • "Chrome works but Safari doesn't' - nothing is closer to the truth

    Emiliano FragaEmiliano Fraga5 päivää sitten
  • Thanks for rememboring . Registered now

    aldo baldo b5 päivää sitten
  • There's a lot to unpack here. ... I'll see myself out.

    SutorippuDotComSutorippuDotCom5 päivää sitten
  • It just hurts... you actually bought it for 40$? Damn...

    BluTheDogBluTheDog5 päivää sitten
  • 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,

    LiKLiK5 päivää sitten
  • *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."

    steeviebopssteeviebops6 päivää sitten
  • Back in the day I had a registered version of PKZIP for DOS !

    TSFTMTSFTM6 päivää sitten
  • WinRAR Team : Family, today we eat

    Bruno AndrioliBruno Andrioli6 päivää sitten
  • Awww you should have found the exact cutoff version!

    XaviarCraigXaviarCraig6 päivää sitten
  • It's good that it works so far back!

    6076076 päivää sitten
  • oh my, this is legendary... xD

    Саша ТамбовСаша Тамбов6 päivää sitten
  • Buying WinRAR for a Mac LOL

    NoneOfYour BeeswaxNoneOfYour Beeswax7 päivää sitten
  • To boldly go where no man has gone before

    zach koriniszach korinis7 päivää sitten
  • 7zip ftw

    1 Pessimist1 Pessimist7 päivää sitten
  • Kliksphillip

    iot01t01naiot01t01na7 päivää sitten
  • 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 Lorch7 päivää sitten
  • 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 Hirczy7 päivää sitten
  • 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 Brandenburg7 päivää sitten
  • 1:50 sick burn, bro.

    ׂ ׂׂ ׂ7 päivää sitten
  • Ъ

    Глад Валакас ФЭКГлад Валакас ФЭК7 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    NicoNico8 päivää sitten
  • Some grandson is waking up his grandpa .. don't wanna give you a heart attack but someone registered a copy of your program grandpa.

    DezwarteschijfDezwarteschijf8 päivää sitten
  • Can u do a vid to format pc to factory settings on xp

    NimmyNimmy8 päivää sitten
  • The meme gods have been kind to WinRAR

    N-Gnoid TVN-Gnoid TV8 päivää sitten
  • * laughs in 7Zip *

    Markus KrauseMarkus Krause8 päivää sitten
  • My copy still works lol

    North Texas Transportation NetworkNorth Texas Transportation Network8 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    shinobodyshinobody8 päivää sitten

    Rafael HangesRafael Hanges8 päivää sitten
  • What a lovely way to start my Sunday ! Heaps more entertaining that I would've thought. Cheers, LGR :D

    Andrei PasaAndrei Pasa8 päivää sitten
  • What about Total Commander? 😀

    Pipi RoePipi Roe8 päivää sitten
  • 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 Kelm8 päivää sitten
  • man, that was a long 40 days

    Uli SchmidtUli Schmidt8 päivää sitten
  • Nah, I'm team 7zip. I've stopped WinRar ever since.

    MogerusMogerus8 päivää sitten
  • You buy a Winrar license? Straight to heaven!

    AuraDZ GMAuraDZ GM8 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    NLferdiNLNLferdiNL9 päivää sitten
  • $3000 winrar copy giveaway when?

    OCsonicOCsonic9 päivää sitten
  • 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.

    MacEbesMacEbes9 päivää sitten
  • who needs WinRar when 7-zip is better and truly for free?

    the_foethe_foe9 päivää sitten
  • 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 Armstrong9 päivää sitten
  • I still use WinRAR. Never really bothered with 7zip, and stopped using WinZip in the mid 2000's (when I switched to WinRAR.

    goodiesguygoodiesguy9 päivää sitten
  • 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 Fox9 päivää sitten
  • MS Office XP / 2003 / 2007 are paid software which all people use it free

    Love KushLove Kush9 päivää sitten
  • My friend in college bought it, he was a genuine good guy.

    AsthmaticTurnipAsthmaticTurnip9 päivää sitten
  • I use 7zip, works on everything, is open source and free

    Mark WulffertMark Wulffert10 päivää sitten
  • 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!

    Ut1F70F SinUt1F70F Sin10 päivää sitten
  • Maybe I shouldn't give you any ideas. but next you should register a copy of Nero burring rom.

    pacxelpacxel10 päivää sitten
    • update I did a few years ago. no more infra recorder or imgburn.

      pacxelpacxel10 päivää sitten
  • I prefer 7zip

    jcc3djcc3d10 päivää sitten
  • 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 Sloane10 päivää sitten
    • 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 Time7 päivää sitten